Dear fellow Chapter members:
Just saw the photos from the Spring Classic – looks like a great time as always, one of the highlights of the IFMA year when members, family and guests can get out and enjoy a day of healthy activity as well as build and strengthen their business and social networks. Congratulations to all the folks who work so hard every year to put this on, and special thanks to the sponsors whose support makes all the difference to the success of these activities.
Speaking of congratulations, I would like to take a moment to recognize the new members of the incoming Chapter Board of Directors who will be taking over in June. I’m thrilled that we have such a solid lineup; I know that as next year’s President, Joseph Geierman is going to have a terrific term with this leadership team.
Next year’s Executive Committee:
- President: Joseph Geierman, Troutman Sanders;
- Vice President/President-Elect: Christine Lowell, Flood Brothers;
- Treasurer: Emily Perry, Harris/Perry Associates;
- Secretary: Dawn Abraham, Dyson;
- VP Professional Development: Penny Whitlock;
- VP Communications: Pete Van Cleave, Water for Life;
- Past President: Ken Bryson
New Committee Chairs:
- Membership: Lindsey Bradshaw, Turner;
- Community Services: Haydn Fusia, Emery Associates;
- Associates: Bob Mathis, Ricoh;
- Programs: Joe Pearson, EY;
- Tours: Anthony Maddox, Southern Polytechnic State University;
- Atlanta Workplace 2015 Coordinator: Machelle Pellegrini, State Farm;
- Accredited Degree Program Liaison (new position): Ken Stephenson
Board Members serving another term for next year or joined by a new co-chair:
- Sustainability: Clara Smith;
- Education: Tom Haslach, Trilogy FM;
- Sustaining Patrons: Harry Ludwig, King & Spalding, co-chair Cheryl Yetsko, McKenna Long & Aldridge;
- IFMA Foundation and Scholarships: Dee Raya, Coca-Cola, co-chair Gene Leyba, Blackberry;
- Credentialing: Harriet Whelihan;
- Career Management: Joe Carroll, IST Management;
- Spring Classic: Steve Christopher, Royal Cup Coffee;
- Chapter Advisor: Joyce Roper, Coca-Cola
The Board has already been busy preparing for the transition. At the annual Strategic Planning meeting in May, the new and incumbent Board members will participate in an intensive day and a half of work to shape the course of the Chapter’s coming year. Among other activities this will include updating the Chapter’s Balanced Scorecard, finalizing next year’s budget, and focusing on each committee’s goals toward another successful year of engagement with Atlanta’s professional, business, education, and nonprofit service community.
P.S. As you read this letter, you’re also looking at a new look for the Chapter. The centerpiece of the new look is our new logo, based on IFMA International’s recently published unified branding guidelines, which the Chapter’s communications and administrative teams are incorporating into a freshly updated format for the newsletter, website and all other media as we go forward.