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Hello CMAA members! I am in an ‘80s mood as I write this. I hope I can get you there too. I have the voice of Chris Clews bouncing around in my head from his talk at CMAA’s Leadership/Legislative Conference where he used ‘80s movies that were imbedded with leadership lessons. Like Ferris Bueller, from ...
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Hello CMAA members! For those of you who attended CMAA’s Leadership/Legislative Conference (LLC) it was great to see you. At the start of LLC, one of our traditions is for the National Board of Directors to share some of the Board and Committee related activities from the past year. I also have the opportunity ...
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Hello CMAA! Where has the summer gone?! It was a very different summer for everyone compared to last year based on where we were within the pandemic. When the world seemed to come to screeching halt in early 2020, the CMAA staff and leadership had just approved a new Strategic Plan . The pandemic did ...
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Hello CMAA! A few weeks ago, I audited BMI Sports & Recreation Management in Scottsdale, AZ. I went a few days early to visit a couple of National Park sites I had yet to see. Over the weekend, before the program began, the GM/COO of Arizona Country Club, Desi Speh, invited me to do an early morning ...
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This too shall pass. This saying implies nothing is permanent and regardless of what we are going through in life, it is ultimately temporary and will change. The concept of impermanence has certainly been something we have held on to tightly during the pandemic, waiting for brighter days. Just like ...
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Hello CMAA! This month, I want to focus on our student members since May is graduation month for some. While this message is aimed toward CMAA students, I really think it applies to everyone. You be the judge. Throughout my life I have always been interested in investing. My undergraduate degree was ...
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Hello CMAA! In a past life, I was involved in corporate governance of NYSE and NASDAQ listed companies. I still get a steady stream of corporate governance focused emails and articles in my inbox regularly. One that recently stood out was the Director Institutes 2020-2021 survey . As we continue to ...
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For the CMAA HQ team and me, our favorite National event by far is the World Conference. It is our chance to see so many of you in one place over the span of several days. Ok, I used the wrong word – see. While it was good to get to see so many of you last week virtually in one place, what I missed most ...
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February 2nd was Groundhog Day – another six weeks of winter! But this year the pandemic makes some of us feel like we are living just like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day” with a repeat of life from day-to-day as we get through this current chapter of the pandemic. Please know, I am generally ...
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Happy New Year! 2021 has set high expectations for a year with promise. After enduring all that was 2020, 2021 must be a better year. I am hopeful it will be outstanding! COVID vaccine distribution is certainly a strong indicator for a positive year. While no one can predict what is in store, I do have ...
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