ASPR has remained true to its original vision and continues to elevate the physician recruitment profession
An idea on a napkin started 25 years of success. The goals that were outlined on that napkin remain constant and much remains from that first meeting. ASPR’s mission of, “empowering industry experts through education, research and engagement” reflects exactly the purpose and vision from the very first moments- enabling recruiters to have a collaborative space to learn, grow and succeed. Jerry Hess, ASPR’s first President, says it well, “Caring for each other, sharing our knowledge and enhancing the profession – these values still resonate with ASPR. I am honored to have been a part of the early days.”
What did the early days of ASPR look like? The teams had varied backgrounds, including administration, nursing and counseling. ASPR board members worked for a variety of organizations; clinics, hospitals, HMO’s and in the academic field. According to the first board members and past President, Jerry Hess, “In the very first moments of ASPR, we needed fearless leaders to actually do something, so we wrote our names on our napkins and passed them around so people could add titles behind the names. Susan Bray was named Vice President; Bill Norris, Treasurer; Bill Matthews was commandeered as Secretary; and I wound up as the first President.” The original members met in hotel lounges, and first dues were just $10!
Fast forward to today, ASPR now has over 1,400 individuals who are connecting with their peers in daily posts, weekly digests and monthly webinars.