The focus during my tenure as a national director is on the members. Specifically, adding member benefit. I believe as a director we need to stay in tune with the needs of our members. Without our members there would be no AI. Thus, I plan to always think about whether all board activities provide member benefit, and if they don’t question why not.
I plan to accomplish this three areas.
The first is transparency. AI is a not-for-profit company. As such, information is publicly available. However, leaders in our organization keep much of the public information hidden under the guise of executive session privilege. We are not the CIA, most of that information should be available to the members if they wish to know. I intend to fight to keep most board meetings in open session, which will provide information and hold me and other board members accountable.
The second is fiscal responsibility. Last year over half our our $20 Million budget was on staff. About one million or 1/20th was spent on legal services. Moreover, about ten percent of that went to the top staff. Our staff works hard on our behalf delivering education and what I feel is the most important function of advocacy in Washington DC. It is important to look at the expenses and make sure the money spent is directly benefiting our members.
The third is through providing tangible benefits to members. Examples are to promote the financial benefits of membership through education and networking, as well as safety. I have found that AI’s superior education and networking with domain experts has increased my income as an appraiser. AI surveys support my own experience. Another benefit is through safety. That is, less state enforcement actions through our excellent legal hotline, and education. As a side, I found out through our state regulators that in the last several years they had very few AI member complaints. The financial benefits and safety are also useful to promote AI to perspective members.
Thank you for your confidence in me and I look forward to serving you.
Byron Miller, SRA, AI-RRS, RAA, MSSE