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President's Message June 2018
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President's Message
by Geoffrey L. Hunt, AAERT President


I am writing my last President’s Message before our 25th annual conference in Providence. It is hard to believe that AAERT was created 25 years ago by a few forward-thinking individuals. Special recognition needs to be made for these individuals who saw and acted upon the need for national representation of the electronic reporting and transcription profession. The original founding members included Connie Rill, Steve Townsend, and Jan Harris. Thank you for your hard work and the foresight that laid the ground work to build AAERT into the association it is today.

Mike Tannen, Executive Director, and his conference committee have put together an over-the-top program for our annual conference. This is the best opportunity all year for our members to network, gain valuable CEUs, and learn new skills. We have an unequaled list of vendors and guest speakers. Don’t miss it.

Since AAERT’s inception, tremendous expansion has taken place in the field of electronic court reporting and transcription. Our certifications are now widely recognized and required by many courts and government agencies. The number of schools teaching our methods continues to increase.

I am pleased to say that AAERT has made continuous progress over the past year. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of our committee chairs who have worked diligently conducting AAERT business: Membership, Jen Metcalf Razzino, CER; Education, Betsy Ertel; Certification, K.C. Corbin, CER, CET; Government Relations, Rick Russell and Linda Rohman who helped us get our house in order chairing the task force on Bylaws and Policies and Procedures.

All committees have been very active and productive. At last count, our membership has increased by 10%. Government Relations has solidified the process to reach out to state legislatures and courts. The goal is to spread the word and have these accredited certifications included as law in states where our practices are not yet recognized.

Education Committee has continued with its goals to add CEU material available on our LMS platform and to research and approve schools that provide educational programs teaching and advocating AAERT’s skills and best practices for reporting and transcribing.

Certification Committee is a cornerstone of AAERT and continues to improve with age. K.C. Corbin and her committee have balanced and accomplished the demanding tasks of this crucial committee’s responsibilities.

Membership Committee has also been very active this past year. Several membership drives and surveys were conducted during 2017 and 2018. These have provided us with valuable information about your wants and needs. Look for implementation of the changes that you have requested in the near future.

My special thanks and appreciation goes to the Communications Committee and Gail Armstrong. Communications has provided us with a constant stream of information about our profession and those who use our services. We hope that the move to the monthly newsletter, Sound Bytes, will keep you informed about the vital issues that face AAERT.

All along the journey, Mike Tannen and T-Team Management have provided consultation, research, support, and a stable platform for AAERT to progress. Thank you, Mike, Sherry, and Maria for all that you do for our association.

Courts in this country and around the world are desperately attempting to replace the aging and retiring body of stenographers. Some of these courts are looking to the same community of stenographers to continue with the same failed staffing processes. It has been said that insanity is doing the same thing over again and expecting a different outcome.

The acceptance of our credentials and our methods takes time. Great progress has been made over the past 25 years. Our certifications continue to expand into new markets. The industry is constantly changing and evolving. Technology is advancing at a rapid pace like that which has never been experienced in the past. Unlike other methods of reporting, we embrace and use technology as we always have to record events that must be memorialized. AAERT will continue to evolve to meet the challenge of producing a verbatim record wherever one is required.

This is our time. Our time to step up to meet the demand for certified reporters and transcribers. Our time to develop educational programs. Our time to grasp a share of the market.

Thank you for the opportunity to be your president these past two years. It has been an honor to serve you and our profession.

Geoffrey L. Hunt, AAERT President




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