I am grateful for the opportunity to serve IAVM’s diverse membership. It’s been an eye-opening experience to move from being a member to actually working in the association industry. I always thought I knew what IAVM staff members did, but have learned that they do so much more. I am proud to say I am part of a team of professionals who are passionate and want to serve our member’s needs.
I want to thank our members and let you know what a phenomenal resource you are to the betterment of our association. Separately, our members individually support one another. Together, and more importantly, our members are strong economic and social influencers and difference makers. Your collective work and success in the local community give us all additional strength in our communities.
My successful career was made possible through participating in IAVM committees, task forces, boards and special projects, and many of you have accomplished the same results. Those of you who have not participated in giving your resources are missing out on the rewarding feeling of serving others in the association. In my 30 years of IAVM membership, I learned that as I gave my time, talents, and funds that I experienced a greater return on my investment than I have in many of my other endeavors.
As we journey into the thanksgiving holiday, I hope you’ll consider giving to others, and that you’ll consider giving some of that to the International Association of Venue Managers.
Enjoy your family, friends, and colleagues during the Thanksgiving holiday. Be a fountain, not a drain, and make our world a better place to reside.