As we wave goodbye to summer and transition into our respective fall schedules, I hope you enjoyed some well-deserved rest and relaxation this summer. I am certain that even a short pause in the busy schedule of a restructuring, corporate renewal, or insolvency industry professional was a welcome change. It certainly was for me and should be helpful ahead of the historically loaded fall schedule that we have in store.
It is incumbent upon us to adapt to the changing world in which we find ourselves, making the appetite for connectivity even stronger and membership in TMA all the more necessary. There are many reasons people join associations: access to education, certification and training, enhanced benefits, industry events, conferences, and networking, just to name a few. TMA members are no exception. A vast majority of our members belong to TMA for all those reasons and especially for the blue-ribbon networking and connectivity opportunities for which TMA is well known.
We at TMA are committed to continuing to provide our members with opportunities to make the most of their membership by offering a plethora of education, certification, conference experiences, connectivity, and networking opportunities. Like a buffet, members can take one of everything or select just what satiates their appetite.
This year, TMA is investing time and energy in a strategic plan that will serve as a road map for the future and continue to provide members with exactly what they want and need. Jonathan Reimche, CTP, TMA Corporate Secretary, has led the charge on the strategic plan with participation from a diverse group of members who took part by survey, an in-person workshop, or phone interview. This strategic plan is one of the investments we have made to help TMA remain relevant and current by cultivating healthy growth of chapters and members.
Implementation of our strategic plan begins in 2023. As with any strategic plan, governance plays a significant role, and my Presidential Task Force on Governance (PTF) is working on just that. The PTF is comprised of eight TMA members—John Baumgartner; Milly Chow; Janine Figueiredo; Jeffrey Hampton (advisor); the Hon. Mary Jo Heston; Ed Phillips, CTP; Marc Sullivan; and me—along with TMA CEO Scott Stuart and Laura Caputo, Chief of Staff to the CEO.
The PTF is working to improve TMA’s governance, specifically building an environment of trust, transparency, and accountability. My hope is that with good governance principles and practices in place throughout our whole organization, we can build an even greater TMA.
The strategic plan and PTF have kept my schedule busy, but fortunately I have also had the privilege to attend several TMA events during the summer months, including the TMA European Conference in Madrid; the TMA NextGen Leadership Conference and TMA New York City Boat Cruise in New York City; the TMA Chicago/Midwest’s The Future Is NOW marquee event; and the TMA Southeast Regional Conference in Hilton Head, South Carolina. My heartfelt thank you to all the TMA members involved for their hard work in planning and hosting these outstanding events.
TMA Immediate Past Chair Derek Meek; TMA Chair Matthew English, CTP; Scott Stuart; and I look forward to more opportunities to connect with you this fall, especially at The Annual in Boston, November 1-4.
Until then, stay safe, be well, and remain #TMAProud.
Jane W. Mitnick
TMA Global President