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President’s Message

22 Jan Posted by in Cactus Call | Comments Off on President’s Message
President’s Message

The Insights Association Southwest Chapter wraps a successful 2017.  In an unusual
year, our President Melanie Courtright extended her leadership role until the end of the
year as the Southwest Chapter coordinates calendars with all national IA chapters. It’s a
huge bonus for us to benefit from an extra four months of Melanie’s guidance and
organizational skills. Even with an extremely eventful year for Research Now-SSI,
Melanie dedicated herself to our members and the Board and we Thank You! Melanie
will be the 2018 Southwest Board Immediate Past President, her fifth + year of the
leadership cycle.

Our first of two 2017 annual events was the 31st Las Vegas Combined Chapter
Conference, held at the Paris Casino and Hotel in March. Southwest and Northwest
chapters started with an amazing Reception Wednesday night under the Eiffel Tower.
Nine excellent presenters filled the Thursday and Friday agenda. Locations were
negotiated for 2018’s 32nd annual event, which will be held at Caesar’s Palace Casino
and Resort Wednesday – Friday, April 4, 5, 6.  Be sure to sign up at

The Educational Forum was the Southwest Chapter’s second annual event of the
year held in Denver at the Curtis Hotel in August. Seven excellent speakers spent the
day-long conference educating a group of 90 research professionals in the Mile High

Also in Denver that week, the Southwest Board did their annual planning, firming up
finances, board elections, marketing, membership and education/programming.

After the first Insights Association NEXT conference in New York City, Southwest sent
our President-Elect and our Past President and Advisor Alice Butler to participate in the
HQ’s Insights Association Chapter Leadership Training. The event was excellent and
gave valuable tools and training for successful growth and execution of the Southwest

Throughout 2017, Southwest hosted quarterly Webinars and published our chapter
newsletter CACTUS CALL.  In December, our board said goodbye to Meg Ryan, Director at Large who is taking a pause as she is busy with many volunteering positions, including other Insights.  Association chapters. Thank you Meg!

Greg Carter of Seattle, another multi-board member (Northwest and Southwest
Chapters), is stepping into the Southwest Treasurer position. Those duties have been
fulfilled by the honorable and esteemed Steve Larson, past president and Southwest
treasurer for what seems 196 years. The members of the Southwest Chapter extend
our gratitude and thank you for your many years of excellent and consistent financial
management, Mr. Larsen.

 Our 2018 board election has wrapped up and results are announced in this issue of
Cactus Call!  We hope to build on the success of 2017 with a tremendous year.

Also,  check out the National list of companies who are a part of the Insights Association.  Since the merger it’s become quite impressive!