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President’s Message

Thursday, June 12, 2003   (0 Comments)
Posted by: George R. Koscho, CDP - 2003 AITP President

In my January/February article I briefly mentioned the AITP 2003 Organization Chart and description of the structure. The chart itself was pulled from that issue due to space limitations. As you are aware the January/February issue was the last printed edition. Now that we are producing an electronic newsletter space is no longer a concern. You can therefore find a link to the Organization Chart, the Organization description document, and a 2003 Committee Roster in this edition of Information Executive. (Please notice that we are in need of help in several areas so please step up to the plate and volunteer to help out).

As I also said in my January/February article this structure provides a business model and allows a more organized method for addressing and distributing the work load amongst our dedicated and willing volunteer board of directors. It is rarely mentioned that these people, for the most part, have full time jobs and "do what they do” for AITP above and beyond their regular work hours. I cannot stress enough how proud I am of their accomplishments on behalf of our Association.

The organization description document mentioned above contains charges for all departments and committees. With this framework a number of objectives were established for 2003. I'd like to touch on a few of them and let you know how we are doing.

Our primary objective for 2003 has been to establish financial control and to make fiscally responsible decisions. Through the work of Dr. Reithel and the Finance Committee, our "red ink” has turned to "black” and we ended the first quarter of the year with a higher bottom line than we had at the beginning of the year.

In the area of "events” we set out to have a National Collegiate Conference that finished in the black for the first time in several years, and through the efforts of Kevin Jetton and our Headquarters staff we have accomplished that goal. At this writing a "bottom line” profit is not yet available but there is no doubt that there will be one.

In the area of "communications” we set out to transition Information Executive to an electronic newsletter and as you know this was been accomplished under the leadership of Mark Gilfand (our 2003 Communications Director).

Our other objective in the communication area is the "roll out” of the AITP Web portal, and through the leadership of Mark Gilfand and the tireless efforts of Mark Kleine the roll out is almost a reality.

There are other very important initiatives that have taken and are taking place under the leadership of Mary Reager (Membership), Craig Kennedy (Marketing and Planning), Beth Pirrie (Advocacy) and Jerry Buckland (Governance) that I will be highlighting in future editions of this newsletter. I just wanted everyone to know that through the work of a very dedicated staff and volunteers, our Association is moving in a very deliberate manner in the right direction.

George R. Koscho, CDP

2003 AITP Association President

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