By Scott Manning, FASPR, ASPR President
As I write my last President’s Corner, summer is kicking into full gear. In the world of ASPR, it is our busiest time as preparation for the annual conference is entering the “home stretch.” The amount of time and energy required to plan, schedule, coordinate and implement all the moving parts that ultimately result in ASPR’s Annual Conference is staggering. It requires the time, dedication and focus of a small village of both volunteers and staff. I have had the good fortune during my tenure as president to “host” the two largest conferences in ASPR history. More important, the qualities of the conferences are exceptional. I am looking forward to the best one yet this August in Tucson, AZ. They say the third time is a charm!
For the ASPR Leadership Team, the impending conference also signals a time to get our “ducks in a row.” This is a time to celebrate success, plan for the future, embrace change and communicate with membership. It is also a time of transition — both beginnings and endings. The annual business meeting is where the “changing of the guard” occurs. ASPR recognizes leaders who have served the organization and whose terms are ending. We also welcome “new blood” to assume these roles going forward.
During my seven years on the board, the last three as your president, I have had the pleasure of working with an unbelievable group of volunteer leaders who have taken ASPR to new heights. A special thanks goes out to ASPR Executive Director Jennifer Metivier, as she drives the bus; without her, we would be rudderless. Initially I intended to list each individual here — but inevitably I would leave someone out unintentionally and that would be unacceptable.
I will summarize my thoughts regarding the Leadership Team by saying I could not have had a better group of people to work with over the last seven years. This group of outstanding volunteer leaders have thrown me on their backs and carried me and I thank you all! Without your hard work and dedication the ASPR bus would have crashed.
I will close by saying that when I first assumed this role, an individual asked me what my goals were for ASPR during my upcoming term as president. What plans did I have? My answer was very simple as I replied, “I hope to leave ASPR in a better place when my term is done.” Ultimately it is for you, the membership, to determine whether that is the case.
Thank you for allowing me the privilege of serving as ASPR’s president. It is a highlight of my professional career. I hope to see you all in Tucson!!