Seasons Greetings, everyone.
As we bring down the curtain on 2018, I have to say thank you to a remarkable group of people - your IACAC Board of Directors - who worked tirelessly through the year to make this one of our most successful in recent memory. We cranked out an amazing number of events and membership is on the rise - and this is all thanks to them and their hard work.
- Punch Bowl Social Networking Event
- February Luncheon
- March Luncheon
- March Madness Networking Event
- March Chicago Wolves Networking Event
- April Luncheon with Mike White, CNS
- May Luncheon
- June Luncheon
- July Luncheon
- July Picnic in the Park
- August Golf Outing
- September luncheon
- September Oktoberfest
- October Luncheon with Brandon Fried
- November luncheon
- December Holiday luncheon
That's a pretty substantive list of activities when you go back and look at it - and we're not slowing down in 2019.
Speaking of 2019 - have you renewed your membership yet? With a near-record attendance of ninety people at the luncheon, the overwhelming majority raised their hands as members. Thank you for your membership in 2018 - but with the change of the calendar you need to join again next year. Please visit here to renew for 2019.
At our holiday luncheon (did you check out the gallery) we gave out four scholarships. Congratulations to Jordan Brown, Eric Ripley, Grace Gadow and Vincent DiVenere. If you click here you can download all four winning essays in a single .pdf file. The scholarship, which is open to IACAC members and their families, is another way we give back to our members. We awarded more than $7,000 in scholarships this year - money raised from our holiday party and golf outing.
Board of director elections
Congratulations to Ben Pecoraro of Basic Crating & Packaging who was elected to the board in our November elections. Ben is our newest voting board member along with Pamela DeSalvo and Maureen Schmitt who were re-elected. Therese O'Sullivan was also elected as a non-voting board member.
A big thank you to outgoing board members Chris Aguirre, Laura Candella and Treasurer Mike Cohen. We are thankful for your contributions over the past years to the Association.
2019 events - mark your calendar
On Thursday evening, January 17th, we're kicking off the year with a networking event at Punch Bowl Social in Schaumburg. It's free for members, $25.00 for non-members. Registration is open now. Thanks to MSA Security who are one of our first sponsors for the event!
On Tuesday, February 19th, our first luncheon will feature a team from K2 Solutions, Inc., a provider of canine teams certified by TSA to perform screening in Certified Cargo Screening Facilities. We're working to get representation from TSA as well. This will not be an SSI-session, but will be a good chance for companies to familiarize themselves with how the canine screening process can work for IAC's and determine if it is a worthwhile investment for their companies.