Wow! Summer is here already and by now most of us have closed out the Spring semester and graduated those eligible students. Where does the time go? I’ve always heard that as we get older, the days fly by quicker and I now believe that to be 100 percent accurate. I must be really old because it seems that at the snap of my fingers we fly by a month at a time.
Time has flown by since my installation as president at the 2015 Annual Conference. We’ve completed the 2016 Leadership Team Meeting in Las Vegas, a series of board meetings, and are well into the planning of the 2016 Annual Conference coming up in Indianapolis.
If you were in attendance at the Annual Conference for the installation of officers and new board members, you probably heard my comments about developing a stronger membership program and strengthening our efforts with fundraising through business partners and the NACAS Education Foundation. I am extremely pleased to say that under Kelsey Finn’s leadership as CEO, three new positions have been established and filled with tremendous individuals. Two of these positions are dedicated to membership and business partners to strengthen our efforts in both areas.
Mark Morrison has been hired as the Director of Business Development, and in addition to developing and expanding relationships with our business partners, he will serve as the staff liason with the Business Partner Task Force and the NACAS Education Foundation. Mark brings to NACAS a tremendous background in development and fundraising that will enable him to expand our financial resources exponentially.
Membership development is coordinated by the Director of Member Engagement, Corey Salem. In this role, Corey will be the first responder to member services, questions and development. He will serve as the staff liason to the Awards, Canadian and Membership Committees. This is a position that we’ve discussed and considered for quite some time and finally have established the funding source for it and filled it. We anticipate exciting developments in the area of member services under Corey’s guidance.
And finally, following the departure of the Chief Operating Officer, we determined that a more functional position was that of a Director of Administration. Hans Weichart has joined the team in that role and will be handling day to day functions in the national office. Streamlining processes and coordinating office communications will be two of the major tasks that Hans will oversee.
With the 50th Anniversary of NACAS quickly approaching, I firmly believe that the addition of these three professionals to an already stellar staff will position NACAS to move into the next 50 years in an aggressive and productive manner. I’m excited about the upcoming months and years. How about you?
Thanks for your continued support!