Part 1–Jane’s Big Announcement
It is with mixed emotions that I announce my retirement from the Society on June 30, 2017.
On the one hand, I am excited to be retired and have the opportunity to explore new opportunities. On the other hand, I am not excited to be leaving this organization that has been so great to me. Few people start out with a goal to be an association manager. Many of my peers happened into this wonderful career the same way I did: the opportunity presented itself and I said I’ll give it a go. Best decision I ever made career-wise.
I have a lot to accomplish before I leave including assisting our State Taxation and Legislative and Governmental Affairs committee reach our goals in the upcoming legislative session and making sure the Society is in the best possible position for the future.
I have faith our leadership serving on the Search Strike Force will hire a new director who will help guide the Society into an exciting future. And remember, you still have Margaret, Jean, Carol and Heidi who always have your best interests in mind and do the most amazing work on your behalf!
I have learned you are the most remarkable people. You are smart, generous, giving and dedicated. You taught me how to be a better person and I thank you for letting me work with you all these years.
Part 2–So now what . . .
With Jane’s retirement announcement last year, the Board of Directors created a Succession Strike Force. The purpose of the Strike Force was to create a plan and timeline for naming Jane’s successor. The Succession Strike Force then morphed into the current Search Strike Force. The members are as follows:
• President Annette Hill
• President-Elect Dr. Josh Herbold
• Secretary Treasurer John Steinhoff
• Board Member Merna Lechman
• Past President Brenda Byrnes
• Past President Ann Deegan
Over the years nothing has struck more fear in the hearts of members of the Board of Directors than Jane’s retirement date! True to her word, Jane has given us ample notice and continued support in these early stages of the process. Her love for this organization and its members runs deep. We are sad to see that this time has finally come but we understand that it is an awesome time for her to retire, spending more time with family and her interests.
Many other CPA societies are undertaking this process right now or have just concluded a
search. From these peers we have learned that the Executive Director position is a sought after one. We are optimistic that our first class organization, active membership and beautiful state will attract a solid pool of candidates.
From the timeline, you can see that our search process is straightforward. Our job posting will appear on various outlets including the MSCPA website on December 1, 2016. We will close the posting on January 15, 2017. From that point we shift gears into the full interview and hiring mode. We look forward to introducing our new Executive Director at the 2017 Annual Conference in Billings!
If you have any questions about the search process, please contact the strike force at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to one of us individually. We are all aware of the importance of this task and take it very seriously. After all this is our FUTURE! The MSCPA has only had two long-time directors in its 104 year history.