IOA 2017: Letter from the Treasurer

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IOA Members:

As your Treasurer, I’m pleased to tell you that the budget for 2017 has been approved by the IOA board and this will be a busy year. If you are not active in IOA, you will certainly have every opportunity to become an active participant!

Although we expect to end 2016 with a surplus, which can be attributed to the ongoing professional development courses and a wonderful annual conference, as well as moderate membership growth, we do anticipate that 2017 will continue to present some financial challenges for IOA. There is much that the IOA Board has identified strategically in the areas of external outreach for IOA with strategic partnerships, a global marketing task force, legislative efforts and others that will help to grow this organization. All of these efforts take resources — both human and financial. The IOA Board has made some decisions to be conservative in some areas in order to grow other areas, and you will see some changes this year, starting at the conference. 

We’ve learned that IOA spends substantially more on food at our conferences than other organizations of our size. Since the main focus of our conference is education, networking and knowledge sharing, we will be modifying our usual meals.
  • Breakfast will be on your own, with nearby options (both in the hotel and outside the hotel) available to you. 
  • Coffee and tea will be provided by IOA throughout the conference.
  • Lunch on the last day of the conference will be a dine — around networking event — small groups will sample nearby restaurants while discussing a variety of topics, at the participant’s own expense. Specific logistics will be described in future emails and sign-ups will take place on site at the conference.
  • More information will be provided to conference registrants as details and logistics are finalized. 

We look forward to seeing all of you and to making this 12th Annual Conference another huge win for IOA! 

Lastly, I want to thank every person who contributed to the successes of 2016. IOA truly is an organization of volunteers. As I once read, “Volunteers don’t get paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!”

Best regards,
Janet HIll
Senior Manager and Ombudsman
Dispute Resolution Program - KBR

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