West Federation

Update from the West Federation

It is hard to believe that my term as president of the West Federation will soon be over. The years just seem to go by more quickly than ever. We have had a great year. The conference in Long Beach in February was fantastic. It truly exceeded everyone’s expectations. I can’t thank our Vice-President, Lee Blecher enough for everything he did to organize the conference, locate sponsors, and make everyone feel welcome. We had wonderful presentations and roundtables and plenty of time for networking.

We already have next year’s conference in San Francisco scheduled for February 6 and 7, 2015. With University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University working together to organize it, I know it will be wonderful. This was the first year that we had a full group of officers and board members. I really appreciate everyone’s help with the conference, attending our board and general meeting there, and starting work on some special projects. We really want to make sure that we have as many people involved as possible and have people interested in officer and board positions for the years to come.

I hope everyone will be attending the ICHRIE conference in San Diego this summer. Make sure to put the federation general meeting on your schedule for Friday, August 1 from 10:15 – 11:15am. We will be discussing potential changes to the presentation categories and call for papers for the
regional conference and possible membership incentives.

I have really enjoyed serving the federation and look forward to still contributing as immediate past president. Lee Blecher is excited to be taking over as president. I know he will lead us to continue to improve the federation and make all our members proud to be a part of it.

Jean Hertzman 


Lee Blecher
is President of the West Federation. Email Lee.