by Mark S. Indelicato, TMA President
Feb 1, 2011
(TMA International Headquarters)
I am excited to embark on the challenges of becoming TMA’s new President at a time when our organization is undergoing a tremendous transformation to better serve our diverse membership.
As the New Year unfolds, we will continue to build on recent accomplishments by further developing a number of initiatives focused on repositioning TMA International. Our goal is to become a more nimble, dynamic, and responsive organization, better able to meet the evolving needs and expectations of our more than 9,000 members worldwide.
Major strides that provided the foundation for these efforts have already occurred. Our revamped corporate governance structure, which went into effect January 1, concentrates decision-making authority in a new 21-member Executive Board. A new Board of Trustees was also created to provide a forum in which all chapter presidents and many other industry leaders can meet to discuss issues that are critical to the future of TMA and the industry it serves, as well as to provide insight to the Executive Board.
Conceived in close consultation with our chapter leaders, the new Executive Board is better able to respond quickly to member concerns and changes in the industry while ensuring fair representation of all of TMA International’s varied constituencies. I believe the new governance structure gives our chapters an even stronger voice in the future direction of TMA while providing a forum to generate valuable input from other influential members of the industry.
Another major thrust of our efforts this year is the continued implementation of technology to provide additional member value. We have recently introduced a Web-based association management system to achieve operational efficiencies in our business practices related to membership, conferences, and education. A primary objective for 2011 will be an expansion of our educational initiative. We are heavily focused on expanding our e-learning offerings, which soon will include materials from the Certified Turnaround Professionals’ Body of Knowledge, as well as other initiatives that will provide a valuable resource to our TMA members.
Toward those ends, we have also realigned our headquarters staff in Chicago by adding some new key positions while eliminating several others. We have added a manager of information technology to oversee our technology infrastructure and to recommend additional technological tools to better serve our members and a director of integrated communications to help us better leverage existing and emerging technologies to deliver consistent messages for TMA’s educational, certification, and membership activities, as well as our overall branding and marketing strategies.
I welcome the challenges ahead and look forward to working with the rest of TMA International’s officers, committee members, and staff as we strive to make TMA the authoritative voice of the corporate renewal industry.