Hello NAFTO Membership,
I’m excited to take over the role of President for the next year, but before I share my thoughts on the coming challenge, I’d like to take a moment to thank Doug St. Denis. He serves as NAFTO’s webmaster and is largely responsible for cleaning up the back-end of NAFTO’s business. Without his help and dedication, our association would be in a highly unorganized state. I commend Doug for making the courageous decision to step down from the Executive Board knowing he could not commit the time necessary to help NAFTO succeed. Oftentimes, people in our profession hold onto titles and serve at half-strength rather than make room for another person who can provide more of their time. I’m also personally grateful for Doug putting up with my first attempts to manage the NJNAFTO website.
As mentioned by our Executive Director, we elected three new members to our Executive Board during our conference in Shreveport, Louisiana. I encourage you to check out their biographies on the Executive Board page, as they bring unique skills and perspective to our Board. The interest to join our board was high this year, and I’ve already reached out to those who narrowly missed being elected, or who were prevented from running for other reasons. Turning away members eager to help is counter intuitive and runs contrary to NAFTO’s goals and message. We need all the help we can get, so I look to give those members roles in assisting the Board throughout the year.
One of my main objectives this year is to evaluate our training curriculum and class offering. Immediate Past President Greene started a Curriculum Committee that will survey the FTO training needs on a state-by-state level. We’ll then review our current class offerings to ensure we are capable of providing the help our members need. If you are interested in helping us forward this ambitious task, please send me a message via the website. We’ll get you involved.
Lastly, I have been cursed with more ambition than talent, and as a result have spent plenty of time in over my head. What this has taught me is to rely on those around me for help. I look forward to my year as President and another year working with the Executive Board to serve the FTO community.
Train hard; stay safe.