Dear AIGA Members and Friends,
From January 2011 through December 2014, I have had the honor of serving as president of AIGA Santa Barbara. It’s been a challenging and stimulating time. I have easily gained as much as I have given during these years of leadership. Through this opportunity I have connected with my community, discovered and honed my skills in leadership and programming, worked collaboratively with an amazing volunteer board, and made friends and connections with other AIGA members locally and across the country. It’s been exciting and a lot of hard work but I have truly enjoyed my time serving as president and feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity.
Four years later I look on with great pleasure as the role of president of AIGA Santa Barbara is passed on to Keir DuBois. As a leader you learn to delegate (not easy for me), recognize, and cultivate the talents of others. Keir is an excellent leader and our 2015 board is fabulous. So I step down as president of AIGA Santa Barbara with confidence and look to our future.
Thank you to our chapter sponsors lynda.com, V3 Print, Mail and Data, Brooks Institute, Santa Barbara Signs and Graphics and Mehosh Photography/Studio 624. Their support and resources have provided AIGA Santa Barbara the ability to produce continued quality programming. I’d also like to thank Mark Oliver my employer for his flexibility and backing as I took time during my work day to handle AIGA affairs. Thanks also to my family—Dana, Jean, and Julianna who have been behind the scenes helping all of the way.
Happy holidays and I encourage volunteering during 2015. Help at an event or serve on a committee. We need all of you to keep growing our organization. When you give, you gain even more and that has certainly been my experience with AIGA Santa Barbara. Thank you for the opportunity.
President AIGA Santa Barbara