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The MSAE Annual Meeting (In Five Minutes)

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!

Jared Burkhart, CAE Sworn-In As Chairman

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. 

Tramontana, Pontoni Join the Board of Directors

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.

Changes to By-Laws Adopted

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:

  • Membership categories

  • Electronic voting

  • 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.

Upcoming Events Announced

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) 

September 28 

The Medalist Golf Club, Marshall

Executive Forum 

October 18-20

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Re-Branding and Website Launch

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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