What a 2017 RAMCA had! I could not be more pleased or excited about the results of the first year as your Executive Director. One of the biggest undertakings was building a completely new website. Not only does the website now allow you to register and pay online (only if you choose, checks are still welcome) but it is has mobile and tablet friendly views so you can register anytime, anywhere. The site also allows Meredyth and I to do updates and create the events which is a cost savings to the association. The second big initiative of 2017 was to build RAMCA’s training programs. Please see Meredyth’s report for details. Training will continue to be a big focus for RAMCA as it provides great value to our members as well as non-members in the Central Virginia area and beyond.
In 2017 we saw terrific growth in our membership, a trend that has continued into the first quarter of 2018. See our Members in the News for details and be sure to be on the look out at our next events for the green “New Member” ribbons on the name badges. Introduce yourself and make all our new members feel welcome. Growth seems to have been a theme in 2017 as RAMCA saw record attendance at all our events. RAMCA also had a record year for sponsorships. We cannot thank all of our member companies enough for your support throughout the year. Whether you sponsor one event, multiple, or at the Diamond (new!), Platinum or Gold Club level, we are appreciative of every single sponsorship. Not only do they contribute to the overall financial health of RAMCA but they allow us to plan events at great venues, with great food, entertainment, and other touches that make the events memorable.
As we continue into 2018 you will see changes and additions as you, our members, let us know what you’d like to get out of the organization. We are working hard to collaborate with industry partners throughout Central Virginia. We will continue to support the Goochland Career and Technical Education program, work on introducing county and state funded apprenticeship programs, participate in additional business leadership roundtables which gives RAMCA a platform to communicate our members’ hiring needs, add new training initiatives and develop and grow our relationships with our delegates, senators, and the leaders in our municipalities.
Meredyth and I are here to serve you. Never hesitate to communicate to us anything you’d like to see for RAMCA. Your feedback and input is valued. We hope to see all of you at our next event on May 3rd, 2018. RAMCA with hold the 53rd Installation of Officers and Legislator’s Night.