I was able to get off the hook with my President's message the past few months to allow us to feature our speakers and sponsors for the 2015 conference. Now that the conference has come and gone, my column has been reinstated and I'm back!
Exactly one month ago today we were sitting in Calgary absorbing one of the best conferences the ATA has ever hosted. Between the incredible speakers, offsite activities, weather, and great food - it was agreed by all that it will be a hard act to follow next year! But before the dust even settled, I was receiving emails with suggestions for speakers and activities as we begin planning our 2016 conference in Lisbon, Portugal. If you have a suggestion, please send it along to us!I want to use this month's President's Corner to thank those who keep this organization running. First off our management team from CGG - Lauren and Brian. I am sure they feel like they are herding cats most of the time trying to keep us on task. Second, I would like to thank our existing board members - Kelly Wheeler, Raymond Tilburg, Judy Franco, Bruce Clemmons, Faruk Berberovic, Jeff Segers, Anna Melino, and Travis Schaal. Because of the dedication of each of you to ATA, we have been able to grow and evolve as an association, and will continue to do so. And I want to welcome our three new board members - Gabriella Tamasi, Kenneth Serrien, and Filip Vande Capelle. Welcome to the team! We are excited for the contributions and energy that you will bring to the team!
Make sure each of you take the time to thank each of these people who keep our association going and providing our members with new opportunities each year. And we thank you, our members, for allowing us to continue to serve you as we all strive toward the safe and humane transportation of animals - worldwide.