In late October, we wrapped up LeadingAge along with our 2017 Annual Meeting for SAGE. First of all, I would like to congratulate our newly elected board members, Christine Soma, Teresa Whittington and Lori Reynolds. For more information on their backgrounds and expertise, please read their bios which were a part of the election process. Christine and Teresa were incumbents and Lori will be joining the board for the first time. I want to welcome all three to SAGE leadership as we set the course for the future.
As we welcome new board members, I would like to extend a heart-felt thank you to our departing members. Jonathan Blackwood of studioSIX5 and Charlie Jennings of Harbor Retirement Associates will be stepping off the board at the end of 2017. They have both brought meaningful insights to our strategic planning process as we build on the past and dream into the future. Please thank them for serving our senior living market in this influential way.
We are growing! At this time last year, we had 170 members on the active/pending renewal status. Today, we have 256 members on the active/pending renewal status. That represents a 50% growth in the past year. I think the success of the SAGE Webinar series has contributed significantly to the growth of the organization. I also believe that our members are sharing their passion for the market space in a more intentional way. Keep up the great work as we grow our membership, and more importantly, our member value.
Our collaboration with J+J Flooring Group on a couple of initiatives is also very fulfilling and inspiring. We will be issuing a press release very soon that lays out more details pertaining to the upcoming POE. One thing I can share is that the POE presentation has been slated for a deep dive session of two hours at the beginning of next spring’s Environments for Aging conference. I would like to thank Emerald Expositions for recognizing the significant value that this POE will bring to our profession and market space.
SAGE has also been collaborating on the “Dialogues” Event that is sponsored by J+J Flooring Group. I had the privilege and opportunity to speak at their first event in Dallas last week. All of the speakers were SAGE members and many in the audience were exposed to SAGE for the very first time. I want to thank J+J for inviting SAGE to accompany them on this journey of inspiring education. Learn more about "Dialogues" HERE.
This blog is more about updating and less about an opinion…and maybe that is refreshing for some. Never fear, the opining will return next month! I trust that you will all have a meaningful Thanksgiving holiday. Make sure and count your blessings and live a life of gratitude.