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President's Message - July 2015
by: Buck Ewing

Dear AAERT Members,

Our 22nd Annual Conference, “Taking Charge of Change,” was our best ever. It was held June 27–29, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You will read more about it in this newsletter. I want to thank again the Conference Education Committee for this outstanding achievement: Margaret Morgan, CER, CET, chair, and members Tammy Halonen, SueLynn Morgan, Nathan Peck, and Cheryl Wallat.

While our method increasingly becomes the standard, two burning questions have remained, “How can I become a professional E-Reporter?” and “How can I become a professional Transcriber?” Where do I go? For many successful reporters and transcribers, the knowledge and skill of how to become a professional is hard-won, often the result of working for one or more companies or for a state or federal court. While companies and courts have their own requirements and training, in my experience to become a professional E-reporter or Transcriber has been the result of interest and desire, curiosity, perfectionism, and strong drive by the individual learner. We have not had schools, videos, webinars, or easily accessible tools.

We offer to those seeking to be certified as an E-Reporter or Transcriber our “Best Practices Guide,” which is the product of years of work by many members, and focuses primarily on the court market. What we have needed is a shared, comprehensive understanding of what knowledge one needs to become a professional E-Reporter, Transcriber, or Proofreader for all market segments.

That need has now been met. The Education Committee has worked for more than a year to develop a comprehensive set of standards for curricula. The Board approved these standards in May. They are located on the AAERT website under the “Education” tab, where you can read or download the PDFs. They are a milestone for our Association and will serve as an important reference in our industry. I want to acknowledge all who worked on this outstanding achievement. First, the Education Committee: Tonie Wallace, chair, the visionary and driving force without whom the standards would not exist today; members Scott Forehand, Ray Vetter, CER, and SueLynn Morgan. Second, the Ad Hoc Review Committee, who provided further input on the standards: Dena Page, CET, chair; Margaret Morgan, CER, CET; Tina Schaeffer, CER, CET; Beth Grice, CER, CET; and Ray Vetter, CER. It is an outstanding achievement. Thank you all!

As the world becomes smaller and more international, AAERT is increasingly becoming more visible. We are the international portal into our profession of digital recording, reporting, and transcription. We are in the spotlight and under the microscope. Because our method is now in the forefront, more courts and law firms will seek our services. Therefore, our website appearance must reflect our capabilities. A year ago we decided to rebrand AAERT. We have developed a new logo and tagline, which we revealed at the annual meeting. They will be incorporated into the new website design that will be launched this September. Site work includes new pictures, deeper and more consistent information, as well as improved SEO capability.

Once launched, our social media will be rebranded as well. Our goal is to reflect our high level of professionalism and to provide a rich store of reference material. I want to acknowledge the tremendous effort by the Website Subcommittee: Geoffrey Hunt, chair; Scott Forehand; and Steve Townsend. It has been a time-consuming, very important effort.

Finally, I also want to extend a warm welcome to our two new board members, K.C. Corbin, CER, CET of Hamilton County Superior Courts and Lisa Dees of eScribers, and to thank our outgoing directors Margaret Morgan, CER, CET and Tonie Wallace for their knowledge, dedication, professionalism, and reliability.

May you have a happy and fulfilling summer.

With Best Regards,

Buck Ewing

President, AAERT






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