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Message from the Board Chair continued. . .

On our last day in New Orleans we had our formal Board Meeting. At the Board Meeting, we reviewed our financial position, measured progress on our strategic initiatives and heard committee reports. I’m very pleased to see real progress being made on a number of our strategic initiatives. Based on the great work of Dan Demato and his Certification Committee we are reviewing proposals from consultants who will help us determine the next steps in the process. It is our goal to create a Certification program that will be recognized as a powerful endorsement of any ticketing professional who achieves certification. Once the Board has approved a viable proposal we will budget the funds needed to carry this process forward with the help and support of the Committee members. The Fundraising and Development Taskforce is doing an amazing job under the expert guidance of Linda Forlini. The taskforce made short, medium and long term recommendations to help us do a better job of increasing contributions that can help us better serve you. A number of the short-term actions will be implemented this year while the medium and long term actions are further reviewed. Related to fundraising the Silent Auction Committee under Committee Chair Crystal Clinton and Board Liaison Debbie Ballentine are planning new strategies to help focus our Conference-related fundraising activities. Our strategic initiative for exploring regional affiliations continues to make progress under the leadership of Regionals Committee co-chairs Anna Zirbel and Lisa Burrage and Board Liaison Laura Zehe. Thank you to Affiliate groups GaPTA (Georgia), CaRTA (Carolinas) and LVRTA (Las Vegas) who are working with us to mutually evaluate the benefits of the affiliations through a one year Affiliation agreement. Thank you to the leadership of the regional groups for the work you are doing to helping us test these new relationships. The Board is also actively pursuing another strategic initiative by engaging in discussions with several groups on how to expand our relationships with ticketing professionals in Europe. Thanks to members Peter Monk and Sue Uings for helping to facilitate these discussions. As a result, several INTIX Executive Committee members will travel to the UK to engage in a meeting with a number of interested ticketing professionals and develop plans to expand INTIX influence and outreach. In line with our strategic initiative around governance, the Board approved a change in the by-laws to better align our by-laws and actual practices around the Board’s election of Officers. These by-law changes were vetted by our legal counsel to ensure compliance with NY State law where INTIX is incorporated as a non-profit organization. The by-law changes as approved by the Board are posted on intix.org.

The Board will hold its next meeting virtually on September 24. I’m always interested in hearing from any member with concerns or questions at any time. Please feel free to email me at glustig@ticketphiladelphia.org or call me at +1 215.205.3506.

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