ACIC President's Message

Happy New Year to all of our Fellows!  We just completed a great year for the American College of Investment Counsel and look forward to building on our momentum to enhance and grow our College.

Highlights of 2017 included our Spring Forum in Chicago chaired by Mary Jo Quinn (Allstate) and Melody Cross (Schiff Hardin), the Annual Meeting in New York led by Deborah Hayes (Lincoln Financial Group) and Daniel Favero (Mayer Brown), three one-hour CLE programs throughout the year hosted by our Education Committee, publication of Private Notes every month to keep you informed about the College, our members, officers and trustees, as well as pertinent developments in the law of interest to our members, and a renewed focus on integrating new Fellows into the College.

We thank all of you who contributed to the success of the ACIC over the year as speakers, moderators and co-chairs at our conferences and CLE programs, as well as active committee members on the Communications, Development, Education, TPMC, Website and Nominating committees.  You make the College the active and engaging community that it is. 

We recognize Tom O’Connor (Morgan Lewis) for his years of service to the College as he rotated out of his role as President; Tom will continue to serve on the Board of Trustees and as a Co-Chair of the Website Committee.  We also thank Ed Holmes (Berger Legal) who ably served the ACIC as a trustee and as Treasurer for five years.   We also honor Nicole Rives (Sullivan & Worcester) for her many years of service as a Trustee and an officer of the College as she rotates off the Board.  Nicole, Ed and Tom have been generous with their time, talent and energy, all to the betterment of the College.

Looking forward, the Board will meet soon for its annual planning retreat to assess and refine long-term direction for the College.  We want to keep the College relevant and engaging for you, and to be sure there are a number of ways you can participate and benefit from the tremendous talent represented by our Fellows.   With participation up and interest in the College strong, we want to invest in resources that will enhance the experience of being part of the ACIC.

As you set your 2018 goals, I hope you will put one down for contributing to the ACIC.  Will you be a speaker at one of our conferences or CLE programs?  Do you have an idea for a great topic we should cover?  Will you write an article for Private Notes, either on a topic of interest or to cover developments within the College?  Will you contribute your creativity to new ideas for the Development Committee?  Do you have a passion to help us further develop our Website capability?   I hope you will find one or more ways to be active in your College; we all benefit when you do.

Our 2018 Spring Forum “Our Kind of Town” will be co-chaired by Bill Bulmer (Prudential) and Cathy Hood (Pillsbury Winthrop) and planning is well underway.  The Spring Forum will be held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago April 19 & 20th. 

Make your hotel reservations now and plan to join us in Chicago!