A “Time of Change” that was the message in my speech at the conference last year. I was referring to the innovation and advancement occurring in our industry. This is how I started my year as President. Who knew at the time how much of a “Year of Change” this would become?
The year began with the departure of the Executive Director and the search for a replacement. This search took several months culminating successfully in the hire of Kerry Crockett.
IASA then started our strategic initiatives, which included changes and improvements to the annual conference. Our goal is to increase engagement on the show floor by bringing stages with content into the “Hive”. As the year progressed, we were all impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic which forced us to shelter in place and change the way we work and live. I hope that everyone has been safe and healthy during these times and my condolences to those who have suffered a loss.
"May you live in interesting times" is an English expression which purports to be a translation of a traditional Chinese curse. While seemingly a blessing, the expression is normally used ironically; life is better in "uninteresting times" of peace and tranquility than in "interesting" ones, which are usually times of trouble. I have come to not like this saying very much. This year of my presidency has been altogether too interesting.
The Pandemic has forced us to pivot as a result IASA Exchange was born. We are excited to offer this virtual conference during what has become our new normal. We look forward to bringing the same great content to our members and thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work in making this event a reality.
My time as president is now coming to an end. I am grateful and proud of how IASA has navigated these interesting times and I look forward to the great future the association has instore. As I said last year we can adapt to survive or innovate to thrive. IASA has done a great job of innovating during this challenging year. I look forward to the next time we can see each other in person, and I thank Kerry for her leadership this year and in years to come. Thank you all.