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 Value to the Supply Chain, the final draft has been submitted to a technical proofreader and should be ready shortly for our marketing firm (Group 365) to provide their layout expertise to help enhance the final product. An early 2012 production run will culminate in a launch of this new publication at our next Conference in March. 

This has been no small task. In 2009, Michael Rhodes, CMIR, Dominion Resources, approached the rest of the Board of Directors and proposed that we hire a professional writer to undertake the arduous task of re-writing the existing CMIR Study Guide. The Board had earlier agreed that one of the main elements of our Strategic Plan was to modernize the educational pillar of the association and develop a study guide or handbook that would not only be the backbone of study for the CMIR exams, but would also serve as a tool for others who may want access to this knowledge without taking the CMIR certification. We also were striving for a text that could be marketed to universities and colleges that offer a curriculum in supply chain and logistics sciences. Michael not only presented a well-credentialed writer (ghostwriter, if you will), but he also made an impassioned commitment that he would spend much of his free time (and work time) assisting with developing the next text. The Board resoundingly approved the proposal. But just having a professional writer was not enough to produce a great manuscript.

Subject matter experts were needed to write key elements of the text, which would then be rewritten and edited to produce “one voice” so there was continuity between chapters. Numerous professionals (almost all fellow members of the association) were asked to contribute their time, energy and specialized knowledge in writing key chapters. When the Board met in Kansas City this past July, we reviewed a rough draft, and finalized the many tasks still required to ensure that we would have the Investment Recovery Handbook ready for its debut next March. At the same time, we rolled-out a plan to implement the second phase of our educational pillar makeover. Utilizing the specialized knowledge presented in the new nvestment Recovery Handbook, as well as other business and personal productivity programs, we are developing a series of on-line courses that will be available to association members. On-line testing capabilities may be deployed in phase three, allowing at least some of the content necessary for CMIR certification to be handled independently … from anywhere … at any time. Exciting times for the Investment Recovery Association! And progress that will keep us current with technologies we are used to in our everyday lives! 

Sincerely,

Dave Rupert, CMIR, JD, LLM

derupert@aep.com 614.716.6811