Change is Coming to the OD Network
From: Darya Funches, Ed.D, Chair, Board of Trustees
It is with mixed emotions and much hope that I write to you today.
First, the very good news. I am pleased to say that the Board of Trustees of the OD Network has voted unanimously to engage the well-known association management firm SmithBucklin Corporation to take over the day-to-day operations and management of the Network. SmithBucklin is the world’s largest association management and professional services company, serving more than 320 trade associations, professional societies, and other nonprofit organizations. Through an international partnership, SmithBucklin also provides global reach and services to organizations operating internationally.
We are doing this to position the Network for future growth because we believe that SmithBucklin’s expertise in marketing, member acquisition, event planning and management, financial management, and member services can build on the work done by current staff and management and take the Network to the next level of growth and sustainable profitability.
The sad news is that our current staff will be ending their employment with the Network. The Board is deeply appreciative of the commitment to the Network that Peter and the team have demonstrated over the past several years. Individually and collectively, Executive Director Peter Norlin, Director of Finance and Operations Nicholas Corne, and Membership Associate Joselissa Cerda have not only been dedicated professionals during their service to the Network and to our members; they have worked tirelessly to keep the Network going and provide service to our members. Over the past several years, they have taken on with grace and good cheer more and more work as we've had to reduce the number of staff and consultants to reflect our declining budget. There is no way the Network would still be functioning without their tireless efforts under the leadership of ED Peter Norlin.
Read the full letter to membership.