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. I also want to make mention of the incredible interest in serving on the Board of Directors evident at the annual meeting. We had four nominees for two Member Director positions, and 12 nominees for one Associate Member Director position. As I noted at the annual meeting, the large number of nominees for the open positions on the Board indicate to me that you folks are as interested as I am in the success of our association.
Congratulations to Michael Rhodes, CMIR, Dominion Resources Services, Inc, for being re- lected and to Jessica Jackson, CMIR, Xcel Energy, for being elected to her first term on the Board as member representatives. Also, congratulations to Ron Brooks, CMIR, R. Brooks Consulting, who will serve in an Associate Director position for the next two years. Our Board is strong and we are continuing on our strategic plan to improve the overall value of membership and particularly to enhance the offerings we provide in investment recovery education. On that note, the Board has set aside a significant budget to produce and deliver multi-media educational content for the CMIR program. This budget earmark will allow us to produce new content for the education of our members and deliver it in ways that will greatly expand the availability of our valuable IR education and ultimately make remote learning and testing a reality.
As the Board reviewed the financial strength of the association, it was decided that we are as healthy financially as we have been in a significant time. We feel that there is no better time than the present to make this investment in multi-media learning and significantly move the association’s educational component forward. Along with this financial commitment, we are working on an aggressive schedule to have the new educational content available at our annual meeting in March 2012. With favorable winds at our back, we should also have a significant start on the online delivery of that content at the March 2012 conference.
Stay tuned folks—we have another exciting year of growth planned for your association!
Best regards, Dave Rupert, President, CMIR, JD, LLM