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. Our goal was to have a full Board with diverse backgrounds to help benefit our membership and the Association. So with the guidance of the Association’s legal counsel, we appointed two new directors to complete those two unfilled terms. The Board decided that the best appointment process would be to take the nominees who were runners-up in the election process at the annual conference in Scottsdale and ask whether they were still interested in serving the Association. To our delight, Sherry Detloff, CMIR, State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and Todd Thompson, CMIR, Colorado Springs Utilities accepted their respective appointments to the Board of Directors. Their contact info, and the rest of the Board members, are on page 15. We all encourage and appreciate your feedback, interest and ideas. Please connect with any of us. Both Bil Loghry and Ron Brooks, CMIR, are Associate Directors—relatively new positions expressly instituted to care for the needs and interests of associate members. I say we nearly accomplished another goal because soon after we made these two appointments, one of our newest Directors, Jessica Jackson, CMIR, Xcel Energy had to resign because of a change in employment. Jessica hopes to continue being a part of the Association and we wish her well in her future endeavors. At this time we have not determined whether to appointment someone to her unfilled term on the Board. Lastly, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our many new members (shown on page 14). In the spirit of this month’s cover story on sustainability, it’s important to remember that membership growth is one of the keys of our Association remaining self-sustaining and healthy. I believe you will find our Association one of the better investments for your hard-earned dollars and urge our entire organization to reach out to our newest members. Best regards, Dave Rupert, President, CMIR, JD, LLM derupert@aep.com 614.716.6811

Reprinted from ASSET 2.0, the Investment Recovery Business Journal, Vol. 3, 2011

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