I am writing this article while en route to Paris to attend TMA European chapter leaders’ meetings and the TMA UK Annual Conference in London. The uninterrupted time on my flight has given me an opportunity to reflect on the enriching experiences I have had this year proudly serving as TMA Global president. While my term is not quite complete, rounding it out spending time with TMA colleagues abroad is a great way to start to bring my year as president to a close.
I started out the year with three goals in mind: to develop a more forward-facing TMA, to enhance our TMA educational offerings and conference experience, and to improve the connectivity between our domestic and international chapters and membership. As many of you may have noticed, these goals were repeated throughout the year and pursued with a strategic focus.
I went on the road with TMA Global CEO Scott Stuart to visit many of our chapters and to attend several chapter and TMA regional events. From this experience and interactions with our members, we realized that we needed to better describe the benefits of TMA membership. This led to the message of the TMA experience being, among other things, a way to build your personal brand and to develop long-term relationships for success and professional friendships.
I believe that we have succeeded in achieving, to some degree, each of the goals I espoused at the beginning of the year. TMA is far more visible and relevant in the greater restructuring community today and is a constant voice in all matters affecting our industry. As demonstrated recently by the highly successful 2019 TMA Annual in Cleveland, higher-caliber, focused educational offerings, along with an enhanced conference that highlights all that is TMA, can lead to a rewarding conference and membership experience for a large cross-section of our membership. The Annual set the bar for future TMA Global conferences and demonstrated that both relevant and meaningful educational content, along with creative networking opportunities, are important to our membership and the success of our conferences.
Finally, with the leadership of TMA Global Chair Kevin Krakora, CTP, and the task force he oversaw, we have taken strong first steps in highlighting for all TMA members the benefits of being part of a global restructuring organization and identifying how to enhance the relationship between our U.S. and international chapters.
This past year for me has been very rewarding and hopefully I have been able, with the support of TMA Global volunteer leadership and Scott Stuart and the rest of the TMA Global staff, to improve the TMA experience for all of us. I look forward to serving as TMA Global chair in 2020 and to working closely with incoming TMA Global President Derek Meek. I want to thank Scott, the members of our Executive Board and Board of Trustees, and the TMA staff for all of their hard work and success in making TMA a more meaningful organization for us all.