and professional credentialing,
TMA—at the chapter, regional, and
global levels—has provided a stable
and important community during a
time of tremendous turmoil. I’ve also
heard very clearly that members want
to know that TMA will continue to
thrive and grow for years to come.
enhancements to their conference
experience. Our goal is simple: create
conferences that provide attendees
with an unparrelled experience, provide
the best in educational content, and
allow attendees to forge lasting and
productive business relationships.
Preeminent Educational Programs.
The Education Oversight Committee
has undertaken an ambitious multiyear
project to transform how TMA delivers
education to the turnaround community.
In a nutshell, TMA will develop the
ability to deliver the education and
knowledge that members need, at the
exact moment they need it, via the
delivery method most appropriate.
This project is supported by a grant
from the TMA Cornerstone Board
Designated Endowment Fund, and the
first courses should be ready by the
end of the year. The new program will
be rolled out at the 2012 TMA Annual
Conference in Boston November 1-3.
The TMA Membership Experience.
As the only cross-discipline association
serving the turnaround and corporate
renewal industry, TMA is home to the
best and brightest in the field, and the
membership experience should reflect
that. Over the coming months, TMA
members will see a variety of initiatives
designed to enhance their membership
experience. This includes a new online
digital version of the Journal of
Corporate Renewal. Beginning
with the May issue, whether on a
laptop or through an app on a tablet
device, TMA members will have
24/7 mobile access to the Journal
anytime, anywhere. This is just one
example; keep an eye out for more.
It has been a whirlwind of activity since I had the honor of becoming TMA’s Executive Director in December.
Over the past four months, I have had
opportunities to visit a number of
chapters and attended my first TMA
conference, the Distressed Investing
Conference in January. One of the
best parts of my job is meeting our
members. I have spent the past 15 years
working in membership organizations
like TMA, and I am always energized
by opportunities to speak directly
with members face-to-face.
With a strong foundation of 49
chapters around the globe, an engaged
and committed membership, and a
dedicated staff, TMA is well-positioned
for the future. Working together with the
leadership, TMA Global’s staff is working
on several key near-term projects to
ensure the organization continues
to provide value to our membership.
Here are just a few highlights:
In my initial conversations with
members, I’ve detected a growing sense
of optimism that things are improving.
Another consistent theme I hear is
that TMA has played a critical role
for members through the downturn.
From key business connections to
essential educational programming
As we look to the future of TMA,
we will never lose focus on what
has made the organization what we
are today—its members. It is a true
honor and privilege to serve as TMA’s
Executive Director. Not a day goes
by that I am not inspired by what our
members do in support of the global
economy, and I am enthusiastically
optimistic about TMA’s future.
Enhanced Global Conferences.
Beginning with the 2012 TMA Spring
Conference in Atlanta, attendees will
begin to notice subtle and not-so-subtle
I look forward to meeting you at future
chapter, regional, and global TMA
events. In the meantime, I wish you
a happy and productive spring.