Nothing is more demonstrative of our theme for the year, You Are Part of Something Bigger, than the internationalism of our organization. With 23 international chapters representing virtually every continent in the world, the brand power and awareness of what TMA represents cannot be understated.
Next month, an idea three years in the making will come to life as we launch our inaugural TMA Global International Symposium, which will be held in Hamburg, Germany, on June 21 in connection with the TMA Annual European the following day. In that moment, a TMA dream will become reality, what it means to be a part of something bigger will be reinforced, the importance of our International Committee and the efforts its members advance to ensure the highest level of connectivity and engagement will be demonstrated, and the story of how our big tent continues to flourish will add another chapter.
All one need do to understand our global reach is to look to the committee of international leaders who continue to define how we serve the most professionally diverse group of professionals all over the world. The committee is led by Vlad Nastase, in his second year as TMA Global VP-International. He is a former TMA Romania president whose chapter won the International Chapter of the Year award in 2021. Vlad exemplifies leadership and commitment that supports why TMA continues to grow internationally.
This year, the TMA Global International Committee boasts representation from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States, a testament to the brand power and reach of TMA. This committee will continue to lead the charge on connectivity around the world and will partner with our international chapters to elevate global support, as well as to be more involved in global education, certification support, and our International Symposium.
For the first time in our history, the TMA Global Nominations Committee will include an international representative and, as we continue to refine our strategic plan, we will look to expand the involvement of international leaders on the TMA Global Executive Board and Board of Trustees.
The crowning jewel of 2023 on the international front, however, will be the launch of the International Symposium. That effort will boast a delegation of North American leaders, including four past TMA Global chairs: Milly Chow; David F.W. Cohen; Kevin A. Krakora, CTP; and Jeffery C. Hampton, all of whom were instrumental in advancing efforts to grow, define, and support our international footprint.
On the horizon are chapters in formation in Colombia, India, and Slovakia, and there is interest from professionals in Greece, Hungary, and Poland to bring TMA to their nations as we expand our dominant restructuring presence in the EU.
We swell with pride as we partner with our international members and leaders to elevate what it means to be a part of TMA. We define professional support through our vast worldwide network and build professional and personal relationships that make us shine.
The future of TMA worldwide is bright. The efforts of our leaders from North and South America, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Australia demonstrate how the people behind the power that is TMA keep us actionable, viable, and vibrant all over the world.
As we celebrate TMA’s 35th anniversary, we look back on humble beginnings to an organization that now boasts the most robust worldwide presence in the corporate restructuring, reorganization, and corporate health space, with much more to come.
With a commitment to international growth cemented worldwide, there is much to celebrate, more to create, and a vision driven by members and leaders who are pure and passionate about what it means to be #bettertogetrher and #TMAPROUD.
Scott Y. Stuart, Esq.
TMA Global CEO