It was great seeing so many of you at the 32nd Wisconsin Land Information Association Annual Conference. In my opening remarks I mentioned how much I appreciated the opportunity you gave me to serve as president for the past year and I sincerely meant that. Serving as president-elect, president and now past-president has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career. The association is what we make it and I encourage every member to participate in whatever ways you can to keep the association strong and relevant.
I also said that I thought this is an exciting time for the association. Based on what you saw at the conference, I hope you agree. Excerpts from my report included in the 2018 WLIA Annual Report:
On February 22 the baton was officially passed to our new president, Peter Strand. Peter and I were elected to the board in the same year and I am confident the association is in great hands with Peter as our president. He brings a tremendous amount of passion and experience to the position that will serve our association well.
We also elected Tony Vander Wielen as our president-elect and introduced 5 first time board members. I sometimes worry about succession and knowledge transfer, but the constant influx of new board members and non-board volunteers helps keep the association fresh. I look forward to hearing the new ideas each will bring to the board and to the association.
As I look forward to the year ahead, I also thank you for the year we’ve just concluded. I hope to see you May 30-31 in Eau Claire, October 24-25 in Bayfield and February 19-21, 2020 in Middleton for the 33rd WLIA Annual Conference.
It was a wild ride and I am better for having been on it!
Founded in 1987, WLIA is a grassroots organization representing a collection of concerned professionals working to develop, maintain, and apply a network of statewide land information systems.
We are united by an interest in land records modernization, GIS, and related technologies, and by the need for government policies and programs that support their efficient and effective application.