From the Association President's Desk - 2012 President's Farewell
Monday, December 31, 2012
Posted by: Norbert J. Kubilus, CCP MBCS, 2012 AITP President
I have had a terrific term as the 2012 Association President. This past year of service to the Information Technology community has been particularly satisfying.
It was a pleasure to continue the work of my predecessor, Jim Henry, and achieve his goal of getting Association leadership to work in a unified fashion – Officers, Association Directors, non-voting members of the Association Board of Directors (ABoD), and Region Presidents. As Jim wrote in his 2011 Association President's Report, "unification does not mean everyone agreeing with all items placed before the Board, but it does mean that all parties have the same general direction for the Association.” I believe that we have an agreed-upon direction for the next three years. 2013 Association President Bill Fly and 2013 Executive Vice President/President-Elect Mike Welch have been key contributors to achieving this goal, and I hand over the reins of the Association to them with a great deal of confidence in their stewardship.
Encouraging volunteerism, building AITP community spirit and pride, grooming leadership candidates, and striving for continuous improvement at all levels of the Association were my personal goals for my Presidency. As I look back over this past year, we have done well in three of these areas. Grooming leadership candidates still needs work, and I will continue addressing this as Immediate Past President.
Two other goals that I set coming into office were to insure well-planned membership growth and retention and to secure AITP's financial future through sound fiscal management and implementing new recurring sources of non-dues revenue. As I discussed last time (http://www.aitp.org/news/111053/From-the-Association-Presidents-Desk.htm), we are well on our way to achieving well-planned membership growth and retention with our 2013 Membership Program. On the financial front, it looks like 2012 will end on a positive note, and ABoD passed a balance budget for 2013 at its December meeting. Raising non-dues revenue continues to be a challenge … a challenge that I will help to address in 2013.
Finally, we have come to the end of our two-year 60th Anniversary celebration. We have focused on our history, where we are today as an Association, and what we need to do as we move forward towards our Diamond Jubilee in 2016. Continue to use the 60th Anniversary logo with pride. Many of our Chapters will be celebrating their 60th anniversaries in 2013 and 2014. Congratulations in advance!
My hope continues to be that AITP lives its Vision as the leading worldwide society of IT business professionals and the community of knowledge for the current and next generation of business technology leaders.
Please accept my best wishes for a healthy and prosperous 2013!
Norbert J. Kubilus
2012 Association President
December 29, 2012