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On August 4, we had one of the most well-attended Annual Meetings in recent MSAE history via Zoom. The reasons for high attendance were many; we welcomed a new Chairman, new Board members, made changes to our by-laws, and had a nationally-recognized thought leader on organizational culture provide us with a keynote.
It was a thoroughly engaging ninety-minutes, but if you couldn’t join us - no sweat! We’re going to get you caught up on all the goings-on in just a few minutes!
We’re thrilled to welcome Jared Burkhart, CAE as our Board Chairman! In a first for MSAE, Jared was sworn-in via Zoom, rather than in-person as we all would prefer. The format certainly didn’t dampen the atmosphere, as Jared was enthusiastically congratulated by all in attendance. We look forward to his leadership in the year ahead. Keep your eyes on our social media channels - we’ll have an opportunity to get to know Jared better coming soon.
MSAE needs to take a moment to thank the out-going Board Chair, Cynthia Maher, CAE, for her leadership during one of the most tumultuous times in our organization’s history. No one could have predicted a global pandemic, and Cynthia’s calm leadership was, and is, a huge reason for our forward progress as an organization, despite the change and uncertainty. Thank you, Cindy, for your commitment and calm hand during these uncertain times.
John Tramontana, CAE, and Stephen Pontoni were also sworn-in on Tuesday, joining our Board of Directors. Successful executives in their own right, Pontoni and Tramontana bring valuable leadership qualities to our Board, and we’re excited to have their perspectives as we continue to rethink MSAE to deliver more value to members.
Tramontana is the CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, a role he’s held for the last year and a half. Previously, he served as the Director of Communications, Public Relations, & Marketing at the Michigan Association of School Boards.
Pontoni serves as the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Justice. He’s been with the organization for over seven years, serving as its leader for the last four years. Before his time at MAJ, he was a Co-Director at the Great Lakes Political Academy.
Stay tuned, as we’ll provide in-depth bios on these new additions very soon.
The motion to pass these revised bylaws was passed with full support, with no votes against the motion and five abstentions. You can review the new by-laws here. The new by-laws offer clarity in several keys areas of membership, including:
Removal of proxy voting
Number of directors on the board
Director term limits
Election of directors
Standing committees and their membership
Executive committee membership
If you have any questions regarding these by-laws, we encourage you to contact President & CEO, Donna Oser.
Looking ahead, there are some exceptional events coming up that are particularly timely for our member. More details, as well as event registration, will be announced very soon.
Virtual Meeting Planning Symposium
September 22 + 23
Fall Gold Outing (Rescheduled from Spring)
The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall
Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Finally, MSAE is extremely happy to announce that we’ll be launching a new, community-centric digital community on a much-upgraded website in mid-September. This website launch will focus on bringing our MSAE membership together to share ideas, news, strategies, and encourage engagement with each other to the benefit of all members.
The launch of this digital community will be complemented by a complete rebranding of the association to give us a more modern, cleaner look for a new era.
We realize there are lots of changes happening at MSAE, but we want our members to know there’s one thing that’s always forefront in our minds; our members. If you’d like any information involving these changes, the future of the association, or just chat about our organization, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Donna Oser - President & CEO
Aaron Wolowiec - Director, Learning & Events
Wes Sovis - Digital Communications Manager
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MSAE's Annual Meeting will be held on August 4, 2020, beginning at 12 PM at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center - I hope you will join us! We have some important items on the agenda including the election of new directors to the board, the ratification of a revised set of bylaws, and an update on the State of the Society.
MSAE's Board of Directors unanimously supported the slate proposed by the Leadership Identification Committee, chaired by Denise McGinn, CAE. The slate includes Steve Pontoni of the Michigan Association for Justice and John Tramontana, CAE, of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, who stand nominated to fill two open seats, both with three-year terms. Barring the petition of any write-in candidates from Active Members, the slate will be accepted as presented at the Annual Meeting.
Starting in January of this year, Hanna Featherston joined the MSAE team as our meetings intern. She has already shown leadership in taking on any task and project available. Currently finishing her degree majoring in Recreational and Event Management with a minor in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, her graduation date is set for August 2018.
Ensuring a knowledgeable, professional and successful community is MSAE’s mission and core to our long-term success. Because we are a member-first organization, MSAE has continuously pushed the envelope and experimented with the best means to deliver a unique and enriching experience to all of our members and partners.
But in this current era of rapid technological, social and economic change, how we serve our members had to shift to reflect the new realities of our society. After conducting a comprehensive analysis of our organizational structure, program offerings and overall operations, the MSAE Board has approved a “New MSAE”.
More than 175 industry professionals joined us for the Safe Meetings in Michigan Virtual Conference, held June 16-17. It was a truly fascinating learning experience, which sought to discuss and address the gorilla in the room; what would the future of conferences and meetings look like for the rest of 2020 and beyond?
Over the last few months, we’ve all likely spent a considerable amount of time on Zoom calls. If you’re at all like me, you’ve quickly realized that virtual meetings and events quickly separate attendees who know how to be engaging and prepared participants from those who, well, very much aren’t.