I have some exciting news for you. The much-anticipated rework of the Certified Manager of Investment Recovery Study Guide is nearing completion! That’s right—after years of planning and hard work, this completely new, in-depth view of the most important topics for our industry is working its way through the final stages of completion. Titled the Investment Recovery Handbook, Adding […]
My messages seem to be taking a similar tone as of late, but I believe it is one of my duties to keep all of you informed on what is going on within the Board of Directors. Those who follow baseball know that the trade deadline has just passed, with many trades happening as teams try to bolster their roster for the pennant race. Though we didn’t trade anyone, this feels like a similar scenario.
Well, I’m pleased to tell you that the Board of Directors has nearly accomplished another goal for 2011. In my last article, I noted that we had added a few new directors who were elected at the annual conference in Scottsdale. We still had two unfilled terms on the Board, which had resulted from departures of directors prior to their terms ending.
I’m at a loss for words after one of the most successful seminar and trade shows we’ve had in recent memory. Our March annual gathering in Scottsdale was well attended and well received. And in an effort to continue the momentum, we will meet again at the same beautiful resort in March of 2012.
Our Editor-in-Chief for Asset 2.0 reminded me that this was the end of my second year of writing such messages. And, that got me to thinking about how many things we’ve accomplished in the last two years, and some particular items struck me.
I have several small “news” stories to report to you all. First, the re-write of the CMIR Study Guide is going along with due speed. Recently, the Education Committee hired a writer to pull together all of the sections that have been re-written by our subject-matter-experts. As one can imagine, different writing styles have to be blended to make the Guide meaningful, and that’s why we hired a professional writer to perform that task.
If your fall season is starting like mine, you’re busy most weekends with college football and preparing your landscape for the winter. Those of you lucky enough to have beautiful weather year-round, well at least you’ve got football to keep you busy. In this edition of ASSET 2.0, I think you’ll find some very useful articles about forecasting and planning, and some spot-on articles about what to look for in IR vendors and how to evaluate outsourcing vendors. Once again, it’s another issue
In keeping with the “Safety” topics in this issue, I want to keep the momentum going with regard to membership in our association. Membership is the lifeblood of any organization such as ours, and a growing, dynamic membership base is certainly critical to the continued success and long-term safety of the Investment Recovery Association.
The outreach of investment recovery education by the association continues to expand. The rich content from the seminars in New Orleans overflowed from the Post-Show Wrap-Up issue into two more articles on surplus equipment, the theme of this issue.
Remember all the fuss (and expense) over Y2K? Yet for all the media frenzy at the end of 1999, I don’t recall even a single mention of Y2K this time around as we wrapped up the first decade of the 2000s, which is to say that we tend to have a short memory of things past and aren’t very good at predicting the future. But a new decade gives us good reason to take a good look at our industry, our association, our own company and ourselves.