President’s Message – It Has Been a Wonderful Journey

I’d like to share my observations from my year as EFBC’s President which comes to a close on June 30th. The EFBC is in better shape than we were a year ago. In fact, we’re in great shape. Without the foundations that were created by our predecessors, we would not have been able to continue to thrive.  Our growth rate is climbing. Our surveys report improvement in all aspects. Our team continues to find wonderful new tools from which our membership can benefit (be on the lookout for the new curriculum that will be made available soon). We have a strong, smart, dedicated and committed Executive Council prepared to continue the march ahead. I suspect that they’ll increase the pace.

We’re in great shape because of every one of our volunteers on committees. You selflessly serve the greater good. Every committee is producing strategically grounded and directed output. It’s spectacular to see this progress from the top. I am honored to have had that spot this year.

One word resonates for me as my wish for EFBC’s future: diversity. As we build our new Forums, they are less “birds of a feather” than our founding Forums. The reports of the diverse Forums’ successes and initiatives are clear: the diversity is delivering great points of view and experiences from places that most of us might haven’t thought of as relevant. Diversity has not caused any debilitation, it’s technicolor!

Is there a way to bring diversity into existing Forums?  I’m thinking on it.

Thank you for letting me be the EFBC figurehead this year. It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to serve this amazing assemblage.

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. EFBC, 20 Years Deep”

Bob Carmody President Signature 2014

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