Part of the honor of being involved in the Association and the Executive Board is to work with the Educational and Conference Committees for the 2019 National Conference in Orlando. It has been a pleasure working with the Education Committee comprised of Barry Parks, Peter Shiffrin, and Don Lederer.
You can find the list of education sessions in the 2019 NAIIA National Conference Registration brochure at this link.
I would like to highlight our keynote speaker, Mr. Kenny Aronoff. The theme of his presentation will be “Playing to a Higher Purpose.” Kenny has played with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Elton John, the Smashing Pumpkins to John Mellencamp, and many, many more. He is listed as the top 100 greatest drummers of all time (66) by Rolling Stone Magazine and has played on over 60 Grammy-nominated or award-winning records representing over $300,000,000 in sales, with more than 1,300 being RIAA Certified Gold, Platinum, or Diamond.
Kenny’s message is about how to become successful and stay successful in your life and your career by following three principals: Preparation, Performance, and Persistence. When we previewed some of his speeches, the piece that hit home for me the most were his thoughts about being part of a band. Being in a band is much greater than playing an instrument. It is about the strength of the team. Members of a team are more successful when they work and play together.
I thought that message was consistent with the collaboration theme I brought to my presidential year. To that point, I am hoping to end my volunteer year with a final opportunity to present that message to all of our members.
I hope to see everyone in Orlando, and I believe the educational sessions and networking will be the best we have had.
Rumor has it - his drums will be set up ready for us to start the day!
I hope to see you all there!