Thank you for this opportunity to serve AITP as your 2011 Association President. It is both an honor and a challenge to be entrusted with this role. Your continued support and communication will make this term in office a success.
So what's going to make 2011 different for the Association? People! The team that is in place, both elected, and staff, is poised to make a huge difference for 2011. AITP has appointed a new Executive Director in Ted Pfeifer. Ted and I have been working closely for a couple of months as we transition into 2011 and have established a great level of open communication. Eric Hawkinson, who has served as our Executive Director for many years will be greatly missed, but the Executive team agreed making a move to Ted was in the best interest of the Association.
Some of the initiatives we have underway already for 2011 will be quite visible and will help leaders from all levels of the Association manage their units more effectively. On the forefront of these initiatives is the migration from our www.aitp.org site to a more modern Software as a Service (SaaS) format. We will be receiving regular updates from our online services group, headed up by Bill Fly and Keven Webb.
Other highly visible items include our Member Summit scheduled for the end of March, co-located with the National Collegiate Conference in Orlando FL. The program is shaping up quite nicely thanks to the Events Team of Mary Reager, Kristine Collins and Deborah Lovell. Rumor has it that the weather in Orlando in March is far nicer than January in Chicago, but we'll have to wait and see on that!
So, we're off and running for 2011! I truly believe that this will be the year of ACTION!