Four years ago I attended my first Triangle AHU lunch meeting. The event was at the Brier Creek Country Club and I was pathetically early. I made my way to a table and tried to be as inconspicuous as possible while the Board was convened at another table reviewing and discussing chapter business. After their meeting ended, each Board member came up to introduce themselves, the organization they were with, asked me about myself and my work. Any association can be difficult for new-comers to join because whether we like it or not, we are creatures that like to form clubs. In clubs some are accepted and some are not. It was clear to me that in this association there were no such delineations. Everyone is welcome. I felt welcomed then and now, four years later, I still feel welcome. For me, it is never enough to just show up. I mean that for everything in my life. If I am going to show up I am going to get involved. Being a part of a team, an organization, a church, a family member means rolling up my sleeves and doing all I can do to serve and actively participate. Oh sure, after I joined the Board I heard plenty of reasons why some in our industry don't attend meetings anymore, aren't involved and don't contribute. During my two -year tenure as President I have heard that the Board doesn't turn over enough, there aren't enough new ideas, the meetings don't add value. I took and take those critiques personally. Board meeting after board meeting we challenge ourselves to think out-of-the-box, to come up with classes, outreach efforts, value propositions that are important to agents and our industry. We challenge ourselves and our leadership. And at the end of each meeting we welcome each new member, we thank you for joining us, we thank you for showing up.
This is my last blog post to you. My tenure as President comes to an end at the end of June. I am deeply thankful that I was given the opportunity to roll up my sleeves and to serve you, serve your company and serve the financial and professional interests of our industry. NAHU has become part of me. I will continue to serve on the State Board and will continue as the Chair of our General Assembly Action Committee through next year. There isn't a single day that goes by that I am not grateful for making the decision to attend my first meeting. This organization has literally changed my life. Sure I have made friends but more importantly, I have made vital industry contacts that have increased my business. Some vitally important things I have learned I couldn't have learned them anywhere else (even after being a part of a large brokerage house) and I have protected my commissions and the financial interests of my clients by explaining to legislators how their votes impact me and my clients. I want to thank the incredible efforts of the Triangle Board, some of whom have served tirelessly but always with grace and deep desire to serve. This board has helped to guide me and has supported each new idea and each new initiative as true team players. Thank you to Tony, Tony, Teri and Jill for your commitment and dedication to NAHU and the Triangle.
Where I sit now, I am more convinced than ever, you get what you put in.
Till next time. M