I am proud to serve this year as the Southwest Regional President. This will be my second time, the first was when our region originally split and we began our new journey as two regions in 1993. I have always believed in this great organization and will continue to strive for its goals and the professionalism of AIFD. I am pleased to have such an enthusiastic group of members on the board this year along with many veterans and many new regional members. We will strive hard to continue to build our region as we have done for so many years.
The “Inspiration” for this year was ignited in Orange County and now we will work hard to achieve our goals as a region and support national programs. This year will bring plenty of excitement and programs for our region, culminating in an exciting Symposium in Seattle in 2017. Congratulations to new and continuing board members Lori Novak AIFD, CFD, Michael Quesada AIFD, CFD, Cindy Pham AIFD, CFD, and Julie Reed AIFD, CFD. Our new President-Elect is Susie Ayala AIFD, CFD; Vice President, Katie McCormick AIFD, CFD; Treasurer, Martin Flores AIFD, CFD; Secretary, Mary Rimmer AIFD, CFD; and continuing board members Susan Bean AIFD, CFD, Cathy Hickman-Frost AIFD, CFD, Shonda Cunningham AIFD, CFD, Katie Noonan AIFD, CFD, Sam Vanwert AIFD, CFD, and Past President Pam Null AIFD, CFD.
Our plans and goals for the year are to have many more workshops and to continue educating with new concepts and ideas that are so important to our members and industry. We kick off with our participation in the LA County Fair with a SW AIFD Region Exhibit in their floral pavilion which is being chaired by Gerry Toh AIFD, CFD and Liz Seiji AIFD, CFD. The first workshop is planned for fall in the Riverside area which will feature holidays and many holiday techniques for the upcoming season. We are also planning for another workshop in Las Vegas as well as our big show in March. We have many exciting plans being worked on and I have no doubt that the team we have this year will be outstanding. Our March show will be chaired by Lori Novak AIFD, CFD fresh off Symposium as we felt she needed something to keep her busy these days. Our past Southwest Rep., Michael Quesada AIFD, CFD will be on the board to continue to work with us as will our Las Vegas team of Kenny Snauwaert AIFD, CFD, Cindy Pham AIFD, CFD and Julie Reed AIFD, CFD will chair on what we know will be a great program in the spring in Las Vegas.
We have a great group of hardworking individuals that believe in teamwork and I know we are all offering our valuable time to make a difference and I appreciate all of your work and service to this organization. I am here to serve our members in any way that is needed, feel free to contact me or to offer your assistance with and projects. I’m looking forward to an exciting and rewarding 2016-2017 year as your president.
Derrick Vasquez AIFD, CFD
Southwest Regional Chapter President 2016-2017