Greetings! As each of you is beginning a new school year, I encourage you to continue to advocate for your students and programs; you are essential to the future of business education! As you read this issue of IBEA Reports, you will see that the 2015 fall conference will be outstanding; and many opportunities will be provided to expand your knowledge. This year’s conference will be held at a new venue--the Hilton in Springfield. First Vice-President Heidi Eaton has scheduled a multitude of presenters who will provide a vast amount of information regarding business education. “Power of the Past, Force of the Future” is the theme for this year’s conference; IBEA has exhibited great power in the past, and will continue to be a force of the future. I encourage you to register for the conference today!
It has been a great pleasure to serve on the IBEA Board of Directors during the past five years as HOCS Program Director, Membership Development Director, Second Vice-President, First Vice-President, and, currently, as the President. I would like to express my thanks to the most recent past presidents, Deanna Hudgens, Jodee Werkheiser, Tina Dierkes, and Julie Chadd for their continual support. In addition, I would like to extend a special thank you to Ethel Holladay, Executive Director, for her guidance. I encourage each of you to become more involved in IBEA and its affiliates.
Thank you for your commitment to business education. Serving as IBEA President has been a rewarding experience because of each of you. Have a great year! I look forward to seeing you at the Hilton in Springfield in November.