Officers and executive staff of all eight Ohio components, along with representatives from the AIA Ohio Board participated in a planning retreat at the Maumee Bay State Park Conference Center on November 6th and 7th.  Led by incoming AIA Ohio president Jim Sarks AIA, the program focused on successful efforts and programs of AIA Ohio in 2014 as well as proposed new initiatives for 2015.  With ongoing changes at the national level, the two day program also reviewed the efforts of repositioning, the new governance model and ongoing efforts of the AIA and its Members Resources Task Force to develop new component operating criteria as well as an updated revenue sharing model.  

The event also included updates for officers and staff on the AIA marketing program as well as other national initiatives that are being refocused as the reorganization of the Institute continues.  With an effort to provide a higher level of service to all members, AIA components will be tasked to review programs and member events to ensure that new minimum standards are being met.  These standards are expected to reviewed by the AIA National Board of Directors at their December board meeting.  

2015 promises to be a year of change and adaptation throughout the Institute and AIA Ohio and all of our components are looking forward to continuing our efforts to provide a wide range of services and opportunities for all members.