To my fellow chapter members,
First and foremost, I am humbled and honored to serve as your President. Looking at the list of past Presidents on the chapter website, and knowing the caliber of managers that have come and gone from our chapter, I can safely say that I am standing on the shoulders of giants in the industry. Second, allow me to thank Russell Kingsland for stepping in as President two years ago. He was a tremendous leader for the chapter as a whole, and his efforts on the Tax Bill helped everyone in the industry. I feel the Board that has been selected will do an extraordinary job of continuing the chapterís forward momentum that was steered by him. Thank you Russ!
2018 was a terrific year for our chapter. Membership continues to grow as new members get to see what we have to offer. Our education and social events have been both informational and fun. Our annual CMAA Mizzou Day was a great chance to meet and talk with the managers of the future. I encourage anyone who hasnít made the trip to try to make time to do so. Meadowbrook Country Club hosted a perfect day of golf at our CMAA Golf Classic. Even with the light rain during the awards, the atmosphere on the terrace was jovial. Thank you to Jim Bahlinger and his team, as well as the tournament committee, for creating such a great event for our sponsors. We look forward to Norwood Hills Country Club hosting the Classic later this year. The year ended with the Installation Dinner at Sunset Country Club. Russ, Joe Lucas, Chef Laurentius and their team did an outstanding job of hosting the chapter and their guests. The hospitality their staff showed us was second to none.
Our 2019 budget was set up with two important additions. First is the addition of more dollars for education. Since the only Ďproductí we offer our members is education, we felt we needed the ability to get the best education opportunities available. I have full confidence in Mike Hartigan and his committee being able to put together a great slate of programs in the coming year. Secondly, we added enough money in the budget to fund 3 scholarships per year. It seems that this is an underused benefit within our chapter every year. Please contact Jason Kaplan (who is a past scholarship recipient) for more information or click the link on the website for the application.
I would be remiss if I didnít thank our chapter Managing Director, Laura Hodges. Those that have worked with her know just how much work she takes on for the benefit of us all. She deserves more thanks than we can give her.
As always, please consider participating not only with education and social activities, but joining a committee. If you have opinions on where this chapter needs to go (and we all do), get involved and help make those changes happen. Donít hesitate to reach out to me if I can help in any way.
My best to you and yours,