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Movin’ On - Message from Executive Director

Wednesday, May 6, 2015   (1 Comments)

As we continue with the transition to the next AIS Executive Director, I am faced with the task of writing this, my last Executive Director’s message.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my 10 years with the Association and believe our record of accomplishment stands on its own. When I started, AIS was an association that was still young (10 years old) and fledgling in many ways. But it had a good base that we’ve used to grow and prosper. Since I took over as Executive Director we have more than doubled net assets. In so doing, we have also enhanced membership benefits and services, professionalized staffing, increased chapters and special interest groups, advanced technology and communications, improved governance, and created the student chapter program.

All of this was done in the name of you, the members of the Association. The goals that were set and achieved, the new programs that were devised and implemented, and the overall strengthening of the organization was accomplished with you in mind. Indeed, the association is stronger today than it was 10 years ago. Of course, that only happens when there is a team approach and I thank the past presidents, and other council members with whom I have worked who embraced the spirit of teamwork and cooperation. The Association is now positioned to do even greater things as it enters its third decade. 

I leave behind a great team of colleagues who comprise the AIS staff. They are all professionals in their own right and I know will continue the high standards we have always set in serving the members of the Association. I would especially like to thank those who have shown the highest level of integrity and have been true servant-leaders to you, the members: Adam, Amanda, Andrea, Aretha, Jeff, Lesley, Mahesh, Patrick, Rachel, Sarah, and Tenez.  These folks are motivated by their love of the organization and not by self-interest. You can trust them to always work in your best interest. 

Also, our two association management companies (Meeting Expectations and Raybourn Group International) consistently provide the highest caliber of personnel and support.  They truly understand the unique nature of not-for-profit organizations and have been instrumental as partners in our success.

Finally, I’d like to give special thanks to my predecessor, Eph McLean.  Ten years ago, when he interviewed me, it was his enthusiasm and vision for what AIS could be that inspired me to join the team.  Under his thoughtful tutelage and ongoing support over the years, we achieved more than we could ever have imagined.  I thank you Eph and indeed, the association owes you a debt of gratitude.      

In my youth, I was a member of the Boy Scouts of America. Among the many valuable principles it teaches, is the one related to leaving your campsite as good as or better than when you found it. I am happy to say that I believe we have done just that for the Association. I wish the next Executive Director much success for what will surely be even greater things in AIS’ future.

Thank you to all those who have reached out to me in the last few weeks with offers of best wishes. It has been gratifying to hear from so many and I look forward to our paths crossing in the future.  But for now…I’m movin’ on!  


“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”– Walt Disney



Niels Bjorn-Andersen says...
Posted Saturday, May 16, 2015
good wind wherever you sail niels bjorn-andersen, president in 1995

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