Message from the President:

“Time seems to fly by quicker every year.” I find myself repeating this statement in my head as the end of the first month of the new year comes to a close. How did that happen already? Weren’t we just together at the regional conference in my hometown of Greenville, South Carolina? Where did the holiday season go? I think we all feel the same way, and it begs the question: “How do we make the most of our days?” This month, I celebrated my first wedding anniversary, my six year anniversary at my firm (which excitingly combined with Burr & Forman on January 1), and my sixth year as a member of this amazing organization. Talk about the time flying by!
2018 was an incredible year for our region led by the amazing Amy Norris. From an inaugural podcast series to valuable programming and community involvement activities at the local and regional level to a highly successful regional conference, last year was full of innovative and exciting accomplishments. How did our region make the most of the 365 days in 2018? By providing our members with opportunities to learn, cultivate, and connect in thoughtful and accessible ways. 
In February, our board will spend time in Fort Lauderdale for our first in-person strategic session of the year. Our overarching focus this year will be to improve communications and membership engagement and experience in our region. We have already hit the ground running on identifying several initiatives to help us achieve our goals, one of which you see here with the updated and fresh newsletter, where you will hear each month from a different member of our board! I look forward to sharing more with you in the days and months to come, but if you have any ideas or any feedback to provide, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
I am thrilled and honored to serve as your President, and look forward to a year of prosperity and continued success as we grow and evolve as a community. It is the Year of the Earth Pig, after all! Our future as a region and the entire LMA organization is bright, indeed, and full of opportunity. Let’s make the most of these days!
Jessica Haarsgaard
2019 LMASE President