by Dave Rupert, President
 
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.
I continue to receive comments about how substantial the seminar program was in New Orleans. The Seminar Committee (headed by Chris Robinson, CMIR) is already well into the planning for the 2011 Seminar & Trade Show to be held in Phoenix next May. If you would like to volunteer as a presenter or planner for this important event, let us know. The more the merrier!
 
New Lunch n’ Learn Program. Wanting to expand our new member acquisition program and connect with members and prospective members around the country, we are trying out the concept of regional events. Our first test is an ‘IR Lunch & Learn’ on June 23rd in Houston. It’s going to be a free two-hour educational program that includes a box lunch and a drawing for an Apple iTouch. Although it may be a “free lunch” for those attending, it’s been tough work for the Association. There has been a lot of time spent by membership chairman, John  Buckert, CMIR, Executive Director, Jane Male and Group 365, our marketing firm. Program details are still being worked out. I’ll be speaking for sure, and others may as well. We have more than 30 people registered already. In addition to the emails to our list (you should have received two already), we are reaching out to the membership of  the Houston-based Southern Gas Association. We spoke to their group a couple years ago about the basics of investment recovery, so hopefully we will wind up with a few new faces and maybe even a new member or two.
If Houston doesn’t have a problem and we receive good feedback, members in Phoenix and New York have already shown an interest in holding similar events in heir respective cities. I think this  could be a great way for members and associate members with limited travel budgets to continue the networking and fellowship that is such an important part of our association. Several short events held throughout the year with limited (or no) hotel or air travel expense could be a great addition to our already-substantial educational and networking opportunities. If you know someone in the Houston area that might benefit, or if you’ll be nearby on that date and haven’t registered, go to www.invrecovery.org/FreeLunch to learn more and register online.
There are a couple of other new things you should know about, and they’re both on the inside back cover of this issue. One is our new Classified Ads section. We think many associate members will find this to be an affordable, quick and easy way to reach our growing readership six times a year. To learn more, go to invrecovery.org/advertise to download a complete media kit.
The other “new face” in this issue is the Benchmarking Corner. IR benchmarking represents a substantial investment by the association. The best practices reviewed in our now semi-annual Benchmarking Study should be reviewed by every member–setting the standard for improved performance of their investment recovery practices. Benchmarking is one of the greatest returns on your investment in the Association.
And finally, we’ve added online delivery of ASSET 2.0. The publication is truly living up to it’s billing as the Investment Recovery Business Journal with informative and interesting articles. The online version includes individual articles plus links to the full issue to facilitate easy forwarding of relevant IR information to others.
 
So that’s it for now. Hope to see you in Houston…or Phoenix…or New York…or a city nearby!