As May marks the end of the current board year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for a truly wonderful year. We have had many successes within the ISM-Houston, Inc. this year. ISM-Houston received a 2012 Affiliate of Excellence Award. This is awarded by ISM National to affiliates who have met rigorous criteria and provided exemplary organization, positive membership counts and quality programming. A solid foundation with the ISM-Bauer Student Chapter at the University of Houston was initiated this year. Student attendance for programming and events has been steadily increasing. We have had excellent plant tours this year, continued to host a successful mentoring program, and held beneficial CPSM Certification Training and Education Seminars. The EPG have provided fun and informative events that were at interesting venues and sprinkled all over the City to appeal to members in all areas of Houston. Career Services has made great strides to provide quality programming for members in all areas of their career path as well as helping individuals obtain employment opportunities. Professional Development has implemented high level offerings with the newly established Centers of Excellence. Special Activities has done a great job organizing and hosting the Supplier Expo and Golf Tournament which help our affiliate have the necessary funding to operate and function successfully.
This year our affiliate instituted a major change to move registration and annual registration renewal from the local affiliate to ISM National. This will provide stability and will reduce the financial liability to our local affiliate that we had previously with the collection of dues. We have also reduced the expense to our affiliate of processing the credit card payments and all the fees associated with that by doing this.
I would like to thank all those who have worked selflessly on the board this year. You all have done a terrific job hosting quality events that have provided incredible value to all our members. We have had an amazing year with record attendance and great programming. I am proud to not only be a member of ISM-Houston, Inc but also to have the opportunity to serve on the board. Dave Allen, as our incoming President in June will do a phenomenal job for us all and I look forward to a great 2013-2014 year to come. I know Dave and his board will work hard to provide excellent programming that is relevant and timely.
May is focused on Supplier Diversity and we are proud to have the Supplier Diversity Group sponsor the May 14th Dinner Meeting Program. They will spotlight An Evening with the Stars of Supplier Diversity. The evening will be complete with a Hollywood Red Carpet and Masters of Ceremonies. Our hosts for the evening are Richard Huebner, President of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council and April Day, President of the Woman's Business Enterprize Alliance. We look forward to seeing you there.
Warmest regards & it was truly my pleasure to serve you,