Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 IITA Summit. This year's Summit was filled with success. Summit brought together key leaders from across the industry to discuss the issues that matter most to our members and offer solutions to challenges the inbound industry is facing. You can view highlights from Summit on our Facebook Page or Website.
There are so many people to say thank you to for this amazing program. I would like to start with our Host Visit Mississippi Gulf Coast, Renee Areng and her staff. The hospitality in Biloxi and the Gulf Coast region was truly “Southern Hospitality” at its best. I would also like to extend my Thanks to Craig Ray, Rachel Obermeier and Visit Mississippi, as well as our numerous other sponsors who made this event possible.
During Summit I revealed the Strategic Plan that the Board has been diligently working on for the last several months. (You can visit the IITA website to learn more.) One of the goal areas I discussed was Member Value and Engagement. We want all IITA members to receive a high return on investment for their membership by participating in IITA. We have a variety of objectives in setting this goal but, one is to broaden committee particpation and increase member volunteerism. This association does not run without the countless hours dedicated by volunteers. Jennifer Lloyd, Marriott International and Etty Scaglia, Accent on Dining are just two of those devoted volunteers. Jennifer and Etty co-chair the events committee and bring members together for meaningful dialogue, business and fun. Thank you both for all you do! I am also sure that they would love your help. If you would like to join the events or other IITA committees please email email@example.com for more information.
Finally, I would like to offer my highest Thank You for putting this Summit together and making it a success to our staff team led by Executive Director Lisa Simon and program coordinator Sarah Terry. They put in many hours and a lot of hard work to pull the program together. I know with such dedication it was a challenge for Lisa not to be able to attend Summit from the start but, our thoughts and prayers were with her as she dealt with a personal family loss. We were thrilled to have her join us at the close of Summit. Lisa, you are a true Champion and on behalf of IITA I salute you as a great professional for our organization. And as a friend I know that all of us at IITA continue to offer you our prayers through this difficult time.
-Gary Schluter, Chairman
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