As we round out the end of another year and prepare for the holidays, I hope that you and your families are doing great and ready to enjoy some deserved downtime!

I am already looking forward to another great convention and contest, and your TAA board is still hard at it to ensure that we continue to improve our efforts in promoting our industry.

We try to make changes, year in and year out, to keep our association ahead of the curve.  If you have any questions or concerns or topics that need to be addressed, please feel free to reach out to me and we can discuss those issues and bring those issues to the attention of the board.  Your concerns are important!

Please expect a phone call from myself if you have not attended the convention in current years past.  My goal is to continue growing our membership and making sure the TAA continues to hold a family atmosphere.  I have had many mentors in my life and I’m grateful for them all, so please help me in reaching out to someone that is new or hasn’t attended our convention as an effort to help them in their ventures. I have spoken to a few past members on the phone in hopes of their return, but with your help we can reach many more!!  Please continue to encourage potential and existing members to stay active in the TAA!

I spoke with one of last year’s contestants recently and he had taken a few years off prior to returning in 2023.  All he could talk about is how the atmosphere of the convention lit a fire under him while mingling with members and peers and people that are passionate about our profession. It is my hope that we can all experience this same feeling in years to come!

The scholarship committee is looking to revamp the scholarship criteria, and we will be posting that information in our next newsletter as well. Please be on the lookout! If you have a senior or someone of eligibility, please encourage them to pursue applying for TAA scholarships including endowment scholarships!!

As always, if there is anything I can do for you or you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. And from my family to yours, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Jarod Hamm
TAA President

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