Time to Say Thanks…
It is rather amazing to me that this is my last report as Chairman of the Board, that two years have passed since WIC 2015 in San Antonio when I assumed this position. As we’re about to embark on what appears to be another tremendously successful WIC, I want to take this opportunity to thank the WMIA membership for the support and trust you’ve given to me and the other members of the Association’s Board of Directors. I’d also like to thank our volunteers, past and present, for giving so much of your time, your ideas, and your enthusiasm to WMIA.
We’ve accomplished a tremendous amount over these past two years. I hope you’re proud of our work as an association, and that you’re excited about what is to come as Dave Rakauskas becomes Chairman of the Board.
I’d like to take this time to thank our outgoing Board members, Roberto Ghizzoni and Ian Strouse, for their commitment to the Association. During WIC, John Park’s tenure on the Board will end, after serving for eight years on the Executive Committee (as Treasurer, Vice-President, President, and Chairman Emeritus), not to mention years of committee service. I would like to take this opportunity to salute him for his years of leadership to WMIA. I know I am not the only one who recognizes how much work John did to lead the association through the IWF negotiations and all the other challenges that presented themselves during his tenure.
I would also like to thank the rest of the Executive Committee, Dave Rakauskas and Jim Besonen, for their contributions in leading the association with me over the last few years. I have had the benefit of the diversity of their viewpoints, and the strength of their passion for the WMIA to reach the goals we have set.
I also want to recognize the tireless efforts of our WMIA staff, Jeff Linder, Heather Jolley, and, in particular, our president, Larry Hoffer. I can tell you from first-hand experience that most of the work that goes into running our association happens behind-the-scenes, where nobody really sees it. Not only the obvious things like helping to plan a conference like WIC, but also all the smaller things like setting up the conference calls, coordinating all the committee work, interfacing with other associations, the list goes on and on. Without their hard work, none of our accomplishments would have happened.
It has been a pleasure serving as the WMIA Chairman of the Board, and I am convinced that our association will become even better in the coming years.
Chairman of the Board