ASSOCIATE Magazine FBINAA Q3-2023
T his Association and specifically the Rocky Mountain chapter have proven once again that we know how to put on a first rate conference. The training topics and speakers who presented them were first class. They provided insight, experiences, and options to make our lives better by sharing best practices and new technology to make it easier to do our jobs. But let’s not forget the incredible after-hours events including artists from the hit series “Longmire,” musical entertainment, a rodeo, day trip excursions, and a gala banquet second to none. The FBINAA Na tional Annual Training Conference chairperson, Barry Bratt , the entire conference committee, the Eventive Group, and National Office staff spent hundreds or possibly thousands of hours ensur ing a great conference and they didn’t disappoint. If you were able to attend, you know what I am talking about. If not, you should start planning your trip to next year’s NATC in Kansas City, MO, where I’m certain you will experience a great time as well. I am honored to serve this Association as president over the next year. After being elected to the National Board in 2016 at the NATC in St. Louis, MO, I didn’t realize just how rewarding the experi ence would be. You can learn more about me and my goals for the upcoming year on page 9 of this quarter’s Associate Magazine . Please welcome the newest members of the National Board, newly elected Section I Representative Bill Gardiner from the Idaho/Montana Chapter. Many of you know Bill because of his campaign and travel throughout section I and his presence and his “presents” (Reese’s Peanut Butter cups) at previous national confer ences. Bill has also been a critical part of this Association’s Youth Leadership Program serving as a counselor and the coordinator for the last five years. Bill’s dedication to this Association is clear as he now begins another journey serving you on the National Board. Also welcome our newly appointed Historian John Simmons to the National Board. John has been a dedicated member of this Association since his graduation from NA Session 215 in 2003. He has continually shown his support for the Association and chapters during his career in law enforcement and the private sector. Although we had many very qualified candidates for the Historian position, only one could be chosen. Thank you to all of those who continue to show their support to the FBINAA through their dedication and willingness to serve. Another new member of our leadership team is our Execu tive Director, Jeff McCormick . Jeff was chosen because of his overwhelming passion and dedication to this association. His experience and drive will no doubt help this association move forward and grow while focusing on our three pillars of Knowl edge, Courage, and Integrity. As new members were welcomed to the National Board, others were sworn into new positions. Congratulations to Craig Peterson from Section III who now serves you as 1st Vice President. Bill Carbone from Section IV was sworn in as 2nd Vice President and Jim Gallagher from Section I is now serving as 3rd Vice President. Each of these individuals has already shown their commitment to this Association through their service on Hello FBINAA family and friends,
the N ational Board and network of world-wide chapters , but their willingness to take on more responsibility in these new roles further proves their devotion. We’re proud to announce the launch of our new membership database and redesigned website! Over the past year, our National Office team has been working with IT specialists and web designers on a new system that better reflects our membership community, networking and program opportunities, enhanced navigation for members, Chapters, and students, and a refreshed “digital front door” for members to be more engaged and active in our great Association. The new website highlights include: 1. Truly mobile responsive: Check out the website on your mobile phone and tablets. It’s a much cleaner experience than our previous website. 2. Updated navigation: Main menu and audience landing page architecture has been updated to help you find the information you need more intuitively and efficiently. 3. New ways to explore our programs: Members can easily learn more of new offerings and programs at the chapter and national levels, as well as communicate with their session mates and other members. 4. Dedicated member landing pages: If you are looking for a link you were used to finding on our old homepage, there's a good chance you'll find it on our Membership landing pages. You can also explore our site by clicking the Search icon on desktops or on the menu icon on mobile devices. As you can see, we are actively moving forward with new ideas and initiatives to make this Association even better for you, our mem bers, and the law enforcement profession. By working together as a national association and network of world-wide chapters to provide training and networking opportunities, we can enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to respond, appropriately engage, and mitigate emergencies that affect the communities in which we serve and live.
Joining you in Service,
Scott Rhoad FBINAA President FBINA 217
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