Thanks to your support, 2017 was yet another successful year, and 2018 is lining up to be even better. First, I want to personally thank you for giving back to our community by donating more than 100 bags of groceries for needy families at our November meeting and volunteering your time at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank in January. A big thank-you goes to facilities chairperson Brandy Turner for organizing the entire effort.
More than 180 strong, CCA members continued to take advantage of the professional development events our association offers, including five meetings with the best compensation programming in the state, four locally hosted WorldatWork certification courses, and one locally hosted sales operations roundtable.
The Board of Directors has been working on a lot of behind-the-scenes projects with the goal of improving your total membership experi-ence. Our board members contribute greatly to the quality of membership by donating their work and personal time to maintain a profes-sional association with outstanding programming, member education, networking, and community service at the forefront.
I want to thank CCA’s outgoing president, Fran Wahrman, who led our group to new heights by implementing a long-overdue new website, new CCA logo, and put a greater emphasis on member meeting quality and engagement. These efforts led to the Membership Star Award presented annually by WorldatWork to recognize the local chapter with the best member engagement. I’m thrilled that Fran will still be around with her high levels of energy and enthusiasm to serve a term as a two-year past president (instead of the traditional one year). This newly defined role will be a “rover” among the board, helping wherever she can. Fran is the perfect person to take this on!
Thanks also go to Alton Lynum, who served as board secretary and professional develop-ment chairperson, and Chris Baker, who chaired our communications and later the technolo-gy functions. Both Alton and Chris always brought a fresh eye to the group and contributed in so many ways to the advancement of CCA.
Welcome also to our newest board members, Brandy Turner, Melissa Sebald, and Elizabeth Gribble, serving in the facilities, professional development, and technology roles, respective-ly. I’m very excited about the team we have in place!
You can also help contribute to CCA. We’re always looking for members to assist on spe-cial projects or even on the recurring events we do every year. If you are interested in help-ing out, just drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or write your contact information on the feedback form at the next meeting. We’d love to have you in whatever capacity you can participate.
Look out for our biennial member survey this summer, where we ask you what you’d like to see out of your compensation association. Also don’t forget that we’ll have a special guest to round out 2018 in November: Scott Cawood, the new president and CEO of Worldat-Work.
Thank you for your membership in CCA, and I look forward to continuing our mission of developing and connecting compensation professionals and expanding awareness of the compensation profession in central Ohio. I look forwarding to seeing you soon.
Greg Beaverson, President
Columbus Compensation Association