Here we are in 2016 and your North
Carolina Biomedical Association is in the midst of some remarkable changes. As
usual, it’s a new year and we have a new combination of members comprising our
Board of Directors. In addition to the Board, this organization would not have
had the long term success it’s had without the countless volunteers, speakers
and vendors who have dedicated themselves to this organization and our HTM
I suppose that the biggest news revolves
around the Symposium returning to the Pinehurst Hotel and Resort. And, of
course, that also means Pinehurst golf. Over the past few years the Board of
Directors got a lot of feedback from our members about returning to Pinehurst,
and last year, NCBA President Clint McCoy led a team in negotiating a long term
contract that gives our members a great opportunity for at least the next three
Over the past few months, NCBA Vice
President Codi Nelson has been coordinating a series of stand alone classes to
bring first class educational programs to our members. At the same time. Codi,
and the entire Board have been developing the educational program for our
Symposium planned for August 23-26, 2016.
You can also mark your calendars for
August 22-25, 2017 and August 21-24, 2018 as future dates for the Symposium and
Expo at the Pinehurst Hotel. As has been our tradition, the golf outing is
scheduled for Tuesday morning, with the Symposium following on Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday.
Feedback from our members regarding their
educational needs and “likes” starts at the Symposium, with feedback provided
by the attendees as part of each class evaluation. The Board of Directors used
this feedback at our Planning Retreat to start building the framework for the
2016 educational program. This year’s program will feature 36 half-day educational
sessions. Many of our most requested speakers will be joining us in Pinehurst
to help kick off this, our 38th annual Symposium.
I first became a part of this organization
in 1978 as one of the founding members. It has been my privilege to be
associated with a world-class organization that has consistently attracted a
diverse pool of talent that is dedicated to the educational and professional
development of our members. While the faces continue to change, as members come
and go, it is still encouraging after 38 years to see the selfless commitment
to providing development resources unlike any other HTM professional group.
I would like to strongly encourage our
members to continue to participate in our programs, but more importantly, to
start getting involved in leadership roles within the NCBA. It is critical for
us that new, younger members start joining the NCBA Board of Directors and help
establish our future direction. I encourage our younger members to start
getting involved, attend Board meetings and assist your organization in
defining our future and managing our growth.
Please check out our website on a regular
basis to find out about Symposium information, stand-alone classes, and job
opportunities. As always, thank you for supporting the NCBA!
W. Glenn Scales, CBET-E