Many of us are back in the thick of our day-to-day routine following another great conference in Memphis. The hotel was an outstanding meeting place and the conference was a huge success, with many first-time guests and companies in attendance. It’s encouraging to see new faces and meet with so many fellow IR professionals excited about the many educational and networking opportunities. If you attended, we hope you enjoyed your time spent in Memphis and would like to hear your feedback. (And if you didn’t attend, we especially look forward to seeing you next April in Scottsdale!) The goal of our annual conference is to provide as much relevant content and timely information as possible, as well as the much-sought-after educational sessions for those involved in the CMIR professional certification process. Obviously, the “elbow-rubbing” with others in our wonderfully unique profession is a bonus that all of us look forward to. As we start a new year with a new board officers, I’d like to say a big thank you to Michael Rhodes, CMIR Fellow, for his past year’s efforts and time spent serving as our association president. Michael has been—and always will be—an important asset to the organization, and a great friend and mentor to many of us. As he moves toward retirement from Dominion Resources later this year, we all wish him well with the new chapters in his life. You can be certain he will still be involved with investment recovery in some fashion. It’s his passion, as it is for so many of us. After the end of the conference, the board of directors, committee chairs and executive director stayed on for an extra day spent in strategic planning sessions for your association. This was a very intense effort with many great ideas, goals and objectives set forth for the upcoming year(s). We are aggressively preparing for an exciting future for the association, and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at many of the initiatives we’ve decided to work on for the continued success of the organization. As always, we are continually looking for articles for ASSET 2.0, the Investment Recovery Business Journal. Please send your suggestions to Jane Male, CAE ( or Bill Kimball at Group 365 ( Also, toward the back of this issue, you can read about some of the activities of our various committees. Volunteers who invest a small amount of time seem to be rewarded with big dividends for their participation. Please contact the committee chairs if you would like to serve. Please mark your calendars for next year in Scottsdale, Arizona, April 5-8, 2014. It’s going to be a gala celebration marking the 80th Conference for the Investment Recovery Association. Wow…what a milestone! The planning has already begun to make this a time to remember! As I sign off, I want to humbly thank the members for allowing me to serve on the board and as your president. It is truly an honor and privilege, which I deeply appreciate. Regards, Todd Thompson CMIR , Colorado Springs Utilities President, Investment Recovery Association