A message from the President, Mark Shinn, MAS
With 2021 coming to a close I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all our PMANC members for participating in our events this year. In particular, our board of directors helped to steer our organization and have it prepared for the return of business in the coming years. We began this year with many uncertainties in our marketplace, but through the hard work and innovation, most of you were able to keep your business going and are finally beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel as the year ends. This year, PMANC started a new way to connect with our Friday Live series of interviews, where members were able to learn from some key leaders in the industry and our association. Board members, Liver Gomez and Cassidy Shaw are busy planning 2022 interviews. In the Spring we held a parking lot show with the help of Fossa Apparel. We greatly appreciate Michelle Chen and her team who helped coordinate that outside event for us. Our Fall Showcase at the Casa Real venue was another great success. Last week, we held our annual Holiday Luncheon, where the 2022 PMANC Board of Directors took their official oath of office. I welcome them all and wish them a lot success in 2022! Throughout the year, we were able to host primarily virtual professional development events with the help of a number of other regional associations and PPAI. If you haven't joined one of our Wild Wednesday webinars, read below for information on the upcoming December presentation with Ellen Tucker of PPAI who will give a preview of the 2022 PPAI Expo. As I wrap up my year as your President, I feel honored to have helped lead the team. We have installed a stellar team for next year and I feel that Mark Fulwider and his team will do a great job taking us to the next level. Lastly, I'd like to thank Carol Murphy for her years of supporting and leading us as our executive director. I wish her well in her retirement effective January 1st. Eliana Franklin has been hired to serve as our new executive director. Eliana comes to us with service from another regional association and is ready to hit the ground running for PMANC. Thank you once again for the opportunity to serve as your President. I look forward to seeing many of you soon.
Mark Shinn, MAS 2021