Update from the President

Duane Goupell

Greetings to all of our members in NCTA!  Happy New Year Everyone!  It always makes me feel good inside when I can wish people the best for the upcoming year.  The good feelings from the holiday season naturally spread out to those I work with and meet.  2017 was a good year and I have expectations that 2018 will be even better.

As I look back on last year a couple of thoughts come to mind.  The first is the annual conference in Cincinnati.  It was a wonderful conference with some new innovations.  We changed the timing of the conference to a Wednesday to Friday format.  The new format pleased many attendees as well as our numerous sponsors.  The sponsors were thankful for the opportunity to interact with attendees for a second day.  We look forward to the same this year in Scottsdale.  The conference also reminds me of the disasters caused by hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  This is the first time that natural disasters impacted those planning on attending the conference.  We continue to wish all those affected the best and hope that their lives are back to normal.  For the first time the Governing Council conducted a scheduled meeting electronically.  It went well and I anticipated doing in again next fall.  This is an example of your Governing Council looking at a way to conduct our business and save money on meeting expenses.  I want to thank President-Elect Jarret Dyer for proposing meeting this way.

I want to remind it is never to early to start thinking about the annual conference for this year.  The conference will be held September 5-7 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  If you were at the conference in Cincinnati, you saw the marvelous promotion for coming to Scottsdale this year.  I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible this year.  Watch the list serve starting in the spring for announcements about this year’s event.

As NCTA gets ready for the election of new Governing Council members, it is time to for you to ask yourself “How can I help NCTA?”  A strong organization needs strong leaders.  Are you potentially one of them?  Have you served on committees in the past and are willing to take the next step in your service to NCTA?  Is the Governing Council in your future?  If you have not volunteered in the past, make this year the one that you make it happen.  Get involved and enjoy the fun and satisfaction of watching NCTA grow and evolve.  I challenge you to seriously consider how you can serve NCTA.  Watch for the announcements for the Governing Council election on the list serve, it will be coming out soon.

Wishing each of you are a wonderful, happy, and healthy 2018.

Duane Goupell
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