I hope this message finds everyone doing well and having an exceptional year!  The board met on September 10thand is already hard at it planning the 2024 convention in Frisco, Texas!

We are going to work on starting the preliminary round of the contest a little earlier to try and ensure that we are finished earlier as well.  I’ll be honest with you though, I hope we have enough competitors to carry us just as late as years past!  As I said at convention, this is a great problem to have!

We have already spoken with several potential speakers/judges, and we plan on confirming these as early as possible.  I am also pleased to tell you that we put a convention planning committee in place to hopefully give our membership an idea of when and where we will be having our annual conventions for three to five years out.

The board also received many compliments on the kids selling at the fun auction.  The auction contest committee is also gathering a plan to not only keep these children on stage, but to hopefully grow their interests and give these kids something to look forward to every year as well!

Lots of great things are already taking place within the board, and we plan to continue this trend!  We have reached out to a few potential new sponsors and I encourage any of you that know of someone interested in a sponsorship to reach out to them or me to follow up.  We have had numerous sponsorships throughout the years and would love to continue to recognize them throughout the convention, and to offer opportunities to network and promote their business within our industry!

As some of you know I have been reaching out to members that I haven’t seen in a while, or don’t see on a regular basis, to try and draw them back into the association.  This association has been around for numerous years.  I don’t know everyone, and I sure don’t want to miss anyone.  Please reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a while and invite them back, or reach out to me and I will be sure to reach out to them as well!  I truly enjoy mingling with our auction family at convention time!  I sincerely hope you will plan to join us June 13-16, 2024 in Frisco, Texas for another GREAT TAA convention!

Jarod Hamm
TAA President

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