PPAS Newsletter December 2018

PRESIDENT’S LETTER Happy Holidays to All PP A S Members, I know you are all busy selling and getting ready for 2019, but since our newsletters have been infrequent over the last few years (although I think we are on a path to correct that), I thought I’d give you a brief rundown of what’s happened this year. We started the year with a partnership with ASI to do Headshots at the ASI Dallas Show and tried to build on that with a late afternoon social at BJ’s in Addison. Nearly 100 members had headshots taken, so we have to have the most professional look of any regional. We’ve followed that up with Lunch and Learns at the Double Tree in Farmers Branch and the Las Colinas Country Club. Both venues have seemed to be popular choices and we expect to continue there. If you have any ideas for other locations, please share with a Board member! The Rangers game and evening wine-tasting proved popular and the Social Committee is busy finalizing the details for the always popular Holiday Party. One of the most important steps this year was to improve our financial transparency and to streamline the budget process. Treasurer and Past President, Tom Carpenter has done yeoman’s labor in working with Cassondra to accomplish this and you’ll see the results with the 2019 Budget. Our Holiday Review shows and the Oklahoma events were well attended, but, unfortunately we lost some exhibitors. I hope those who haven’t joined us this year or last can take another look and decide to support PPAS in the coming year. You know we want you! (and you know who you are,)! Come back, you’re missed! We introduced the PPAS Hall of Fame with it’s first inductee, Larry Krause, MAS. Larry received his award at the November Luncheon. Larry’s long and valued contributions to PPAS have shaped our association into what it is today. 2018 had it’s rough patches too, though. We’ve had to replace four Board members, but thank goodness we have found great volunteers to bring their skills to the table. We had to cancel a couple Board meetings and a Luncheon because of the lack of a quorum or other industry events. It’s a good reminder for all of us of the time and effort, not to mention commitment made when one joins a board. The direction and success of PPAS is in YOUR hands when you become a member or volunteer. I would be remiss in not thanking the Board for the time and effort they have put into YOUR Association this year and most importantly to thank Cassondra for taking the ED job late last year. Without a doubt, PPAS has the best ED in the Industry and words cannot describe the confidence I have in her to help accomplish great things for PPAS. Two other special people to highlight would be John Browning and Jarod Thorndike. Our Past President and Jarod, your 2019 President. Both have given of time and talent and I cannot thank either enough for their words of wisdom and quiet counseling when I needed it the most. Thank you for being a member, and I hope for your business and family, that 2018 has been positive and a blessing and that the Holidays will bring about nothing but the best for you and yours. Steven Meyer, MAS PPAS President 2