by Lisa Poulin, CTP, TMA Chair
Oct 23, 2011
I’ve had the good fortune to serve in TMA’s leadership during some of the most challenging, yet exciting, times in the association’s history. During my tenure as TMA’s chair this year and as president in 2010, we’ve experienced the profound effects of economic upheaval and the changes it has wrought on TMA and the global turnaround and corporate renewal industry.
These are significant times in the history of TMA. After 11 years at the helm, Executive Director Linda Delgadillo announced this past spring that she intended to retire by the end of 2011. Linda’s tenure has spanned a considerable portion of the existence of our 23-year-old association. During that time, our membership has doubled, and we have added chapters in North America and around the world. A search committee, headed by Immediate Past Chairman Patrick Lagrange, has been working diligently in recent months and hopes to make an announcement regarding Linda’s successor later this month during the 2011 TMA Annual Convention.
While TMA’s North American membership has stabilized in recent years, overseas chapters have continued to post impressive gains to their membership rosters. Alan Tilley, TMA VP-International, predicted in a white paper earlier this year that non-North American membership would account for more than 25 percent of TMA’s total membership by 2012.
Tilley said in his report that the potential exists for European membership to equal that of the United States, and he described the potential for the Asia-Pacific region as “enormous.” He also noted that the impressive success of the Brazil Chapter indicates that much potential exists for further expansion of TMA in Central and South America.
The growth in overseas membership has significantly increased the demands on the VP-International’s time to the point that Tilley estimated he would spend 30 percent of his working time on TMA business this year. As a result, the association has been considering how best to institute a formalized structure to assist the VP-International with these efforts in the future. An announcement regarding that initiative also is expected during the Annual Convention.
In the U.S., TMA launched the Next Generation membership discount in June, and the program has since attracted well over 100 new members under the age of 36. An effort spearheaded by the Next Generation Committee (formerly Young Professionals), comprised of representatives from 10 chapter Next Generation programs, has involved providing young members with unique networking and educational events from coast to coast, including events at the Annual Convention. In addition to a special networking reception, the committee has put together a distinguished panel to share their insights with young professionals in “Rainmaking: Business Development for the Next Generation” at the convention.