Our year is off to an amazing start!
First, sign up now because the Early Early Bird discount for the AIA Conference - Aromatics in Action™️ 2024: Embracing and Composing Sustainable Aromatics ends January 31, 2024. We will gather in Nashville, TN, September 26th - 28th. We have an optional post-conference botanical tour on Sunday, September 29th, at the Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. We have world-class speakers, excellent sponsors and exhibitors, and an elegant venue in Music City. I am eager to connect with everyone who can attend, and I hope to see most of you there. Register before January 31st to get the best price.
We have important news about our AIA office and board of directors. Our office manager, Carla Pearson resigned as of 12/29/2023. The executive committee and one of our newly elected directors, Tresa Staeven, offered to jump in and we learned as much as Carla was able to share during the last two weeks ofDecember. During that time and the first ten days of January, it became obvious that Tresa’s IT skills were much needed. Tresa also helped respond to our members' emails and assisted everyone who asked for help registering for the conference. Our executive team proposed to the AIA Board that we offer Tresa the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO). All agreed this would be an excellent move for the organization. Tresa accepted, so when your paths cross, please welcome her. We are indeed fortunate to have Tresa working with us!
Because Tresa accepted the COO position, she had to step off the board. According to by-laws, the president appoints a new director when a current director leaves. Our Nominations Committee Chair Nancy Lubin put forward Kate Johnson as her top choice for director. The board and I all agreed. I’ve contacted Kate and she accepted the role of director.
With all of our changes, I can assure you that AIA is in good hands. We have exciting plans for the future, and I will share those as soon as each becomes a reality.
2023 - The Year in Review
I delight in sharing some of the amazing accomplishments of 2023:
Last year AIA excelled! This year our members and volunteers are already filled with enthusiasm. I look forward to sharing each exciting accomplishment with you during 2024.
With Love & Gratitude,