Another Great Year Ahead
Eric Brown is Director of Member Services at ICHRIE.
What a great conference we had in New Orleans! For those long-term members, you likely noticed several new initiatives. For our new members, you hopefully enjoyed your first experience at ICHRIE. As we continue to implement the recommendations from our members, you will see our association and our conference transforming to meet your needs.
At this year’s conference, we welcomed over 70 first-time attendees and had approximately 380 total attendees. All attendees helped make New Orleans a conference to remember. I was especially grateful to hear from our first-time attendees that they felt welcomed by those who interacted with them at the Passport to ICHRIE, the First-time Attendees reception, and throughout the conference. Ensuring both our new and seasoned members see value in ICHRIE is a top priority of the membership committee in the coming year.
I would like to encourage every member to get involved with ICHRIE beyond our summer conference. One way to do that is to serve on one of our committees. We are currently appointing members to the committees that help shape the future of our association. If you are unsure what committees exist, be sure to consult our Bylaws. If there is a committee you think you could contribute to, reach out to the director responsible. I lead the Member Services and Development committee and would more than welcome additional members who want to help improve the value of our association to our members. However, there are many other committees detailed in our bylaws if your expertise aligns better with those. Every member is eligible to serve in an ad-hoc role on the committees and it is a good way to get involved.
Another great way to get involved with ICHRIE throughout the year is to participate more with your federation. Over the years, our federations have continued to improve the value of belonging to ICHRIE. From monthly activities to standalone conferences, there are a lot of opportunities to network and develop as an educator or hospitality professional. Additional information about federations can be found in our Bylaws as well as at https://www.chrie.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3282.Many federations also have their own website.
Thank you all for a great conference. I look forward to another year of serving you as your Director of Member Services and Development. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Best wishes for another great year!