Collector- June 2018 - 5
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Anne Rosso May
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All Good Things...
It's been an honor to be able to serve as your president.
By Rick Perr, Esq.
s I sit here writing my last column for Collector magazine, it is difficult to
comprehend that almost a full year has passed since I stood before you in Seattle
and was installed as president of ACA International. What a year it has been.
And while I will not miss the emails reminding me that my columns are overdue, I will
miss the invaluable opportunity I was given to be able to talk to you about the many issues
surrounding our industry and our association. It has been a true privilege to be able to serve.
But none of this would have been possible without the collaboration and output of
other people. This past year has truly been a team effort. I want to thank the best group of
professionals in the association field: the ACA staff. I want to single out the hard work and
tireless work ethic of Kris Hansel, vice president and general counsel; Jessica Hartmann,
vice president of member experience;
and Andrew Madden, vice president of
operations in Washington, D.C. Without
those three, the obstacles put in our way this
year would have been insurmountable. They
have my endless thanks. Our new CEO, Mark
Neeb, is blessed to have you on his team.
My fellow officers, Jack Brown and
Roger Weiss, sacrificed countless hours
from their personal and professional
lives to serve the association above and
beyond what they should have anticipated.
I could not have asked for better partners in this venture and they deserve as much
recognition as anyone for the successes of this year. I cannot express enough in words
my gratitude for their contributions and their friendship. I can think of no better
people to take the helm of our association next year than Jack and Roger.
I am also thankful for the hard work of ACA's Board of Directors. They were asked
this year to ramp up their involvement with monthly meetings and participation in new
board committees and to give of their time in greater quantity than ever before. They
met this challenge in spades. They are a diverse group of people by design, and it is this
diversity in geography, business background and viewpoints that is their strength. I am
particularly excited to see the leadership they provide in the years to come.
I am most grateful, however, for the wonderful support of ACA members. We
choose to volunteer in large part from a sense of responsibility to give back what has
been given to us. I have received so much from all of you. I look forward to mingling
with you at conferences and conventions, at meetings and at fly-ins. My term as
president may be drawing to its conclusion, but my love for ACA and its members will
never come to an end. It has been an honor.
"We choose to
volunteer in large
part from a sense of
responsibility to give
back what has been
given to us."
Rick Perr, Esq.
is a partner at the firm Fineman,
Krekstein and Harris, P.C., in
Philadelphia. He can be reached
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