President’s Corner

Dear Members:

I hope each of you had a safe and enjoyable East Tennessee summer and that you are all as excited about the 2016–2017 Program Year as I am. We are beginning the year in great shape, thanks to the outstanding leadership of Landon Hill and the team of committed professionals that supported
him last year. Our membership stands at 25 more members than this time last year (an increase of 16%), we are financially solvent, we saw a 15% increase in meeting attendance last year, and we have a tremendous team poised and ready to build on and continue last year’s success.

The leadership team met on August 10, 2016 to review plans for 2016–2017 Program Year and I am confident that we will be offering you value-added professional development opportunities. Although I have to agree that we had some fun when we met, we also collectively discussed the Chapter’s Strategic Focus Areas for the year and we agreed that our focus will continue to be: (1) Increasing Our Membership: Which can only be attained by offering program topics, educational events, and professional networking opportunities of value to our Members; (2) Education and Training Excellence: Which obviously goes hand-inhand with our goal of retaining our current members and attracting new members by offering valuable and pertinent professional development opportunities; and (3) Financial Solvency: To ensure that the Chapter remains in a position to grow and support the needs of the Membership.

Although we do not have any drastic changes in store for you this year, because you don’t try to fix what isn’t broken, I am open to any suggestions that the Membership may have on how we can improve on the value we are providing to each of you. Please don’t hesitate to advise if you have any thoughts or suggestions on things that can be done to make the NCMA of East Tennessee more valuable
to you and your peers.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve this great organization and get ready for another awesome year!!

Mike Vermeulen