A Message From Our Current President

I hope that every one of you had a wonderful summer and that all is well with each of you, your families and your individual employer companies. It was a long hot and humid summer here in Houston and it is nice to finally enjoy the coolness of fall. Speaking of fall, it is time for our fall newsletter and the traditional President’s greeting.

First, I want to express to each of you how honored I am to be this year’s NPECA president and that I am pleased to share with you some of the things that we have been working on since our conference in New Orleans.

At our April 2015 Board of Director’s meetings, it was agreed that NPECA should review its mission, objectives and strategy in order to position the organization to adapt to changes in the energy industry as well as position the organization for future growth. As a result, it was agreed to hold a strategy session in the summer and hire a facilitator with experience in the area of strategic planning for associations to guide us through this new initiative. We selected Malcolm Young with Young Directions as our facilitator and you can learn more about his practice at:
http://youngdirections.com/malcolm-a-young/

The strategy session was held in Houston on August 20-21 and for 1½ days the strategy task force participants worked on developing a new strategy by redefining our mission statement, setting clear objectives, identifying tasks for each objective and developing a roadmap to achieve key strategic tasks. This is NPECA’s first effort in establishing a disciplined approach to manage our association and to achieve our desired results.

While the strategy remains a work in progress, the strategy task force completed a document that has been reviewed and approved by your Board of Directors, identified task owners and prioritized objectives. Read on as we have a summary write up about this work within this issue of the NPECA news (pages 9-10).

Your Conference Planning Committee has been busy working on the 2016 Annual Conference’s educational content. We certainly appreciate the feedback received from the post-conference survey and have addressed your concerns and recommendations during our board meetings and also during the conference planning session in September. However, since hotel bookings are made two or three years in advance, some of the recommendations will not be feasible in the near future.

I closing, I wish everyone well until we meet again via the Newsletter or in person at our 79th Annual Conference. I understand that many companies are cutting back on expenses but I encourage you to start making plans to attend our 79th Annual Conference at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Hotel in Austin, Texas. Read on as we have additional information on what to expect in Austin, not only our state capital but also considered the “live music capital of the world”.

Sincerely,
Delia White,
2015-2016 NPECA President