Dear Association Members and Friends,
“A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.”
As we near the end of 2022, it is appropriate to reflect on journeys both old and new.
At our Board meeting in Washington, D.C., I made the very difficult decision not to seek another term as AIG President. When I first took office on January 1, 2015, little did I know that I was embarking on a journey that would last 8 years. It has been a fantastic ride full of high moments and unprecedented challenges. As I sat down to craft this final President’s message, there is so much to say and not enough time or space to say it. Suffice it to say that serving as AIG President for the past 8 years has been one of the greatest honors of my life, both professionally and personally. I have made and lost lifelong friends. We have laughed together, cried together and journeyed together through the gauntlet that only those in our profession can truly understand. In my heart, though, I knew it was time for me to hand the reins to another to lead AIG into the future.
I am proud to congratulate our new President-elect, Will Fletcher – Inspector General for Chicago Public Schools – who will take office in January. In my opinion, Will is the ideal person to lead AIG forward in 2023 and beyond. I know he will do a fantastic job and have been working with him closely to facilitate a seamless transition. While I may be stepping aside from the position of President, I will remain actively involved as a board member and will do everything I can to support Will and the AIG as we move into a new era. Congratulations are also in order for our other newly elected officers: 1st Vice President Isabel Cumming, 2nd Vice President Kim Chatelain, 3rd Vice President Felix Jimenez, Treasurer Maxene Bardwell, and Secretary Lora Manon (along with a huge personal thank you for her continued service.) The newly elected leadership shines brightly on the future endeavors of the AIG.
I would also like to acknowledge my dear friends, and fellow board members, Pat Russo, Natalie Monroe and Dan Lucas, who have each chosen to step aside from AIG leadership following years of faithful service. Pat served as AIG Treasurer for 13 years and provided AIG with sound and wise financial guidance through many challenges, including the Covid-19 pandemic. Natalie brought years of experience to her role as 3rd Vice President and helped position the AIG to continuously expand the services we offer to the IG community. Dan did a superb job as chair of our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee and also put in tremendous time and effort with the Local Planning Committee for the DC Conference. I truly appreciate everything each of you have done for me and the AIG, but most of all I cherish your friendship.
Measured in friends rather than miles, my journey as AIG President has been unforgettable and an extraordinary success. Thanks again for the opportunity. Wishing you all Happy Holidays, I remain
Stephen B. Street, Jr., AIG National President