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Farewell, My Friends!
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From the (Former) Executive Director
June 2018

It has been more than 18 years since I began my employment with ACPM, 13 years at the helm of the organization. It is astounding how quickly the time has passed. As I approach my final days at ACPM, it is time to say farewell to all of my friends and colleagues in the College.

My longevity with ACPM is not about me, but rather about the College, the whole team, the members, leaders, staff, and partners with whom I've worked, and where we have come as an organization over the past 18 years. It is a testament to ACPM's evolution and growth, its strength and diversity, and its well-respected brand. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of this great organization for so long, and entrusted to be its steward. It has been an awesome responsibility. This is YOUR organization.

As we make this change in executive leadership I feel heartened by the fact that ACPM is in a position of strength as an organization, stronger than at any other time financially; in staffing and infrastructure; strategically; and in our brand and image. I believe the organization is well-positioned to soar, and am confident that my successor, Donna Grande, is the right person to help bring the organization to new heights.

To close, I will say to all of you, our members, what I said to the Board in Chicago last month: You all are inspirational leaders and part of an organization with a galvanizing mission and in a specialty that is second to none in importance. It has made it easy for me to come to work every day for the past 18 years, and I know the whole team feels the same way. I have learned so many skills and lessons in this role that I will take with me forever.

I'm not able to tell you where the next stop on my journey will be, as it still is a work in progress. (Please keep me in mind if you see any opportunities!) But I can tell you how to stay connected with me (contact details below), and PLEASE, let's stay connected! I will miss you all and wish ACPM the very best.

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