As we head into the holiday season, I hope that you and those close to you are staying safe and healthy. I look forward to spending quality time with my family and friends and am thankful for the opportunity I have been given to serve as your president in 2021.
It’s hard to believe that my tenure as president is nearing an end, but I am proud of the progress that we have made as a Chapter despite the challenges of the pandemic and operating in a virtual environment. I would like to personally thank the Board and Strategic Planning Committee who have worked diligently to improve our operational efficiency, financial sustainability, and technology platform. Due to efforts made by chapter leadership, our chapter will be operating at a level of sustainability moving forward.
With respect to technology, we will be rolling out a new modern chapter website and suite of services which will provide the board and all members with a more intuitive and interactive experience. The new service provider will bundle all of our technology services under a single platform, with overall cost savings to the chapter. The hope is that the new website will reflect the high level of professionalism of our membership and organization and provide chapter leadership with the tools needed to operate the chapter efficiently and with better data.
Regarding other structural changes, I am saddened to announce that after thoughtful consideration our longtime executive director, Patti Kreutzer, chose not to pursue the new part-time virtual position. Patti has served our chapter for almost 20 years and will be greatly missed by all. Her last day of work will be October 28, but hopefully, she will be joining us as a guest at the December holiday luncheon where we can thank her in person. Please reach out to Patti to thank her for her service! Also, please email personal thank you messages for Patti which we can include in large print board to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you Patti for all your years of service to our chapter!
On a happier note, we plan to have our holiday installation luncheon in person this year at Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens in Liberty Station. The event will be held on Thursday December 2 from 12:00 to 2:00. The event will be outdoors in the Movie Courtyard.
Going into 2022, I am confident that incoming leadership, led by 2022 President, Colleen Mathias, MAI, will continue to provide our chapter with exceptional service and continuity as we continue to implement structural changes. We have hired an offsite executive director who will continue to provide our chapter and leadership with administrative support. The board and education committee will continue to monitor the pandemic and associated restrictions and will provide membership with in-person education as soon as it is safe to do so.
Finally, this will be my last president’s message. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to serve our chapter in this capacity. It has been a challenging year, but it has been my honor to serve as your president. I am hopeful that I am leaving the chapter in a better position and know that the chapter is in good hands with Colleen at the helm in 2022.
Mark J. Hendrickson, MAI, AI-GRS
2021 President, Appraisal Institute – San Diego Chapter