Recently, Bill Kimball, our exceptional Editor-in-Chief for Asset 2.0, sent me his usual cheery note about needing the next President’s Message for this edition of 2.0. In his note, he reminded me that this was the end of my second year of writing such messages. And, that got me to thinking about how many things we’ve accomplished in the last two years, and some particular items struck me.
For over 25 years, the Association had been meeting twice each year for conferences. With the Great Recession came challenges for our members to attend two conferences per year. During a marathon Board of Director’s retreat in Chicago two years ago, the Board worked on a strategic plan for the Association. Courageously, the Board decided to embark on a schedule of having a single conference in the spring of the year. Last year in New Orleans was the first time in recent memory that we held a conference just one time in a year. By most accounts, that conference was one of our best attended and most positively discussed gatherings.
March 6th–9th in Scottsdale, Arizona, we will once again follow the annual conference format. Please review the conference schedule with 23 seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions plus two days of the trade show. (Download at Seminar) I believe you will agree with me that the Conference Committee has once again set the table for another outstanding gathering designed to benefit ALL members and exhibitors. During the Board’s strategic planning session in Chicago, we also discussed a need to continually improve the critical educational pillar of the Association. Given that we wanted to go to a single conference per year, we knew we needed other ways to present the educational materials between conferences, and also conduct the exams. 
Toward that end, we embarked upon re-writing the educational materials. The goal was to make them fit a template that would allow us to present educational opportunities between conferences—whether by webinar or in-person—while continuing with the paper version of the CMIR Study Guide. The first part of that strategy will soon be coming to fruition at the March conference when we see the rough draft of the Study Guide. This will then allow the other media and presentation materials to be developed so that we keep the educational element of our Association at the high level we have come to expect.
With that, I would like to say thank you for your support during the last two years. Please be certain to engage with your Association as much as you can. As with most associations and activities in life, the more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. 
Best regards, 
Dave Rupert

Dave Rupert, President, CMIR, JD, LLM, 614.883.7149
Reprinted from ASSET 2.0, the Investment Recovery Business Journal, Vol. 1, 2011

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