The response to participate in the Board of Directors election was greater than ever, with 16 people standing for election to fill three vacancies. Michael Rhodes, CMIR, and Jessica Jackson, CMIR, were elected to fill Director positions. Ron Brooks, CMIR, was elected as one of the two Associate Directors. In their first meeting, the new Board elected as their officers: President, Dave Rupert, CMIR; Vice President, Chris Robinson, CMIR and Secretary, Kelly May, CMIR; Treasurer, Michael Rhodes, CMIR.
During the Scottsdale conference, Kris Eigenbrood, new chairman of the Benchmark Committee, met with the Center for Applied Purchasing Studies (CAPS) Research, the group that facilitates the bi-annual Investment Recovery Benchmarking study. Data is currently being compiled from the 53 companies who have completed their surveys with data from their 2010 programs. After reviews with the committee, the preliminary benchmarking report from CAPS should be available to the entire membership by fall, with full detail being published a few months later. Chairperson: Kris Eigenbrood, Campbell Soup Company, 856.342.8521 
This is the third year where the Seminar and Trade Show was held once-a-year vs. twice. The format with extended trade show hours and more than twice as many educational sessions seems to be a hit. This year, over 300 investment recovery practitioners and associated industry professionals were in on hand in Scottsdale, making this the best- attended conference in many years. The Conference Committee had the dual responsibility of managing the smooth flow of 23 seminar sessions for this year, while planning the program details of the educational seminars for the 2012 event next March. The association staff has negotiated great rates by holding sessions in the same hotel for two years, which will save attendees almost $50 per night next year! Chairperson: Chris Robinson, CMIR, Duke Energy, 513.287.4214 
The Association is writing a book! In fact, the Education Committee has been working steadily over the last several years to revise the Certified Manager of Investment Recovery (CMIR) Study Guide. Subject matter experts have written different chapters of the publication, so the committee has utilized a professional writer working extensively with Michael Rhodes, CMIR, to keep the entire publication in ‘one voice.’ The new book is scheduled to be available in print (and online!) by March of 2012. The committee is also revising the CMIR testing requirements in keeping with the new material provided. Chairperson: Ron Brooks, CMIR, R. Brooks Consulting, 360.872.0480 
Membership remains the lifeblood of any association, and the last year appears to breathed some fresh air into our new member outreach. Eleven people received President’s Awards for bringing new members into the association, and the Membership Committee is looking for ways to continue the momentum. Membership retention will also be a focus of the committee’s efforts. Previous members will be contacted by the committee to talk about their reasons for allowing their membership to lapse and ways to maintain their involvement in the association.
The Lunch & Learns that were held in Houston, Philadelphia and Los Angeles have proven to be both a draw for potential new members and an opportunity for members and associate members to gather in smaller meetings between the annual conferences. With about 125 members and prospects attending the previous events, the committee is looking for member companies willing to host regional Lunch & Learns in 2011 and 2012. If you are interested, contact the association office or Chairperson: John Buckert, CMIR, SouthWest Pipe Services, 281.455.5578 
The Information Technology/Public Relations Committee is going to be very active this year. The committee will work with Group 365, the marketing agency for the association, to utilize external social media outlets such as Linked-in and Facebook. We will use the intrinsic capabilities of the association website’s Member Forums and Special Interest Groups with the goal of providing members a greatly enhanced online opportunity for interaction and communication.
Additional budget has been provided for some paid media outreach to supply chain professionals and producing a new white paper “Surplus Asset Management for CFOs: How investment recovery programs boost the bottom line.” The agency and the IT/PR committee will be coordinating with other committees to provide meaningful on-line, in-print and in-person member benefits. Chairperson: Kevin Graham, CMIR, CPA, Materials Management Resources, 281.579.0049 
News of the Investment Recovery Association
Members of the President’s Club are recognized for their efforts in bringing in new members. Candidates for the Board prepare to speak to the membership to earn their vote. “And the winners are…” Jim Cavanagh, association counsel, verified the election results. 
Reprinted from ASSET 2.0, the Investment Recovery Business Journal, Vol. 2, 2011

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