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President's Message December 2019
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President's Message
by Janet Harris, CER, CET, AAERT President


Happy Holidays to everyone from the Board!

This is the time of year where many of us reflect on the accomplishments of the past, set new goals, and make New Year resolutions for the future. The AAERT Board of Directors has been doing just that this year, and we have an announcement to make to our members.

As many learned at our convention in June, this year marked the 10th anniversary of our executive director, Michael Tannen, CSEP, owner of T-TEAM Management, managing AAERT. Over the past ten years, AAERT has not only grown in membership, but also in program development through the addition of our continuing education requirement, an online Learning Management System, Executive Forum and a new look and website. T-TEAM's staff members Maria Tannen and Sherry Simmons, CER have also contributed in great measure toward the goals the association has set over the years. Sherry Simmons dedicated her efforts towards the management and development of AAERT's certification program, and as a longtime member and reporter herself, her passion for the profession has helped us maintain the high standards we hold in the industry. These accomplishments added to the strong foundation of AAERT, and we are excited about the next phase of AAERT's future. We are grateful to T-TEAM for a decade of service to our association.

The Board engaged in a thorough and comprehensive RFP process this year for association management services. A new phase of AAERT management will begin in January of 2020. The Board is excited to announce ADG – Association Development Group from Albany, New York as our next association management company. ADG has a proven methodology and history of achieving results-driven solutions for associations facing critical challenges. The court reporting industry has entered a period of disruption, and all associations are exploring how the future will be affected by technology and the increased use of digital reporting in courts and the private market. Holly Cargill-Cramer will lead the team of administrative, marketing, social media, financial, and strategic planning professionals from ADG as AAERT's new executive director. Holly brings a wealth of experience to this role. Partnering with Holly in leading the team will be Aric Aery, who will serve as AAERT’s managing director in charge of day-to-day operations and our certification program. Aric Aery has a two-decade career in executive leadership and turnaround management in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

The annual January meeting of the Board of Directors is scheduled to be held in January in Albany, New York. We look forward to meeting with Holly, Aric and the entire team at ADG's offices to review where we've been as an organization and where we are going. We are committed to strengthening AAERT's certification and education programs. This is an exciting new venture for us and we appreciate your patience as we transition our management companies.

Janet Harris, CER, CET, AAERT President




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