MAA President's Message
Hello MAA Members,
I wanted to thank everyone who joined us on Mackinac Island for the 44th Annual Michigan Assessors Association Summer Conference that took place from August 14-17, 2016 at the Mission Point Resort. In my opinion, the two most important things that occurred on the island was that we had 35 people attend their first Michigan Assessors Association Conference and the Awards Committee made the great decision to give Ernest Beren the 2016 MAA Most Valuable Member award.
Ernie and his wife Gloria befriended my wife Jennifer and I almost 20 years ago when we first started attending Michigan Assessors Association Conferences. Even though we had little in common he went out of his way to introduce me to the more experienced MAA members and always made me feel like I belonged in this organization. I believe Ernie Beren is an individual who best exemplifies the qualities that we need as an organization to strengthen our membership into the future. It is up to us to follow Ernie’s example and to make a connection with these 35 new members and let them know how much we value their participation, so they will be ready to lead when we decide to step aside.
~ Matthew Schmidt, President