ATLP: A Year in Review

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your President for the 2019-2020 year.  Needless to say, it was an eventful year and not exactly what we anticipated.  We were very much looking forward to the annual meeting in Vancouver, BC.  I think we showed flexibility when the COVID 19 health crisis and corresponding travel and gathering restrictions made an in-person annual meeting unworkable.  I want to thank the Board for their hard work and support during this time.  Thanks also to our Program Chairs, Louis Amato-Gauci and Jameson Rice, who put together an impressive array of topics and speakers for the annual meeting which we were able to present to the membership in a series of online webinars.  This enabled us to realize a substantial percentage of our budgeted revenue for the meeting which was enhanced by the savings of meeting expenses in Vancouver.  It is my hope that the Association will be able to resume in-person meetings soon, maybe as early as the Transportation Forum this fall.  It is also my hope that the Association will be able to hold the meeting in Vancouver at some point in the future as it is a spectacular venue.

On the financial front, the Association is continuing to keep our head above water despite the pandemic.  I encourage all of you to participate as much as possible in Association activities, committees, and publications, including the Forum this fall.  We need to maximize revenue which includes bringing in new members, sponsorships, and institutional members.  I try to talk up ATLP to other practitioners as often as I can and I encourage you to do the same. 

Finally, ATLP is in good hands with the new slate of officers for the 2020 - 2021 year, led by Jason Tutrone as President.  Thanks to all of them and thanks also to our indispensable Executive Director, Lauren Michalski, without whom this Association would not be able to function.

Sincerely,

Tim D. Wackerbarth
ATLP Immediate Past President

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