ABI thriving as third-quarter mark met

April 6, 2017 | Mike Ralston

Mike Ralston | ABI President | mralston@iowaabi.org

With three quarters of the fiscal year behind us, it is a great time to take stock of where ABI is in meeting goals and objectives for FY17. The good news is that the association is well on the way to having a record year.

Because an organization must have the resources it needs to be successful, and because I never forget the precarious position ABI was in just 12 short years ago, it is a pleasure to let you know that our financial position is strong. Our balance sheet shows strength and growth and our cash position is also strong.

At this time of year, ABI members want to know that public policy objectives are being achieved. While it is never prudent to count a legislative session as successful until it is adjourned, it seems clear that the 2017 session will be an historic one for Iowa and for ABI. Watch for more news about that soon.

Member training and events are also an area of success for ABI. Last month’s biennial ABI Workers’ Compensation Seminar set a recent record in terms of crowd size, early numbers for the annual conference are also showing a record crowd, and new revenue programs are serving members and the association alike.

Finally, the programs of the ABI Foundation continue to serve our state in terms of community and leadership development. Program financial support at the foundation is also headed to a record level.

You have often heard me say something important that we never taken for granted. That is that this success is due to you, ABI members, and to the board for its strong and steady leadership. Thanks to you and your employees, and to your investment in terms of resources and time, ABI is growing and continuing a record of success that is over a century long.

Lastly, I mentioned the annual conference above. Let me tell you that 2017 Taking Care of Business Conference, to be held in Dubuque June 6-8, is shaping up to be a spectacular event. Don’t miss it! Register now at http://www.ABITakingCareofBusiness.com. Thank you.