Message from the President
By Rick Nelsen, 2019 NREDA President

Partnerships are key to any endeavor and NREDA is no exception. Over the past 24-years NREDA has engaged Association Management Ltd. (AML) as our association management firm and during that time AML has provided expertise and support that has helped our leadership grow the organization and improve our financial standing while increasing the value to our members.

Earlier this year we said "good bye" to Lynn Harkin who had served as our executive director for over a decade and Molly Lopez, AML President and former NREDA executive director took over on an interim basis. We now say "hello" to Kailah Schmitz, who is profiled here as our executive director. Please join me in welcoming Kailah to the NREDA family! I am confident from my recent interactions with Kailah that we will continue to receive excellent support from AML. I look forward to seeing the organization continue to flourish due to our relationship with AML. I am also pleased to say that all three of them will be with us for at least part of our annual conference in November.

Speaking of the Annual Conference, I hope to see many of you in Kansas City, November 6-8, for what will be another fantastic opportunity to learn and network. If you have not already, please register for the conference quickly and reserve your hotel room as well. I am expecting a record attendance this year thanks to the efforts of conference chair Nikki Pfannenstiel and her committee.

Lastly, I want to thank Garry Clark, Greater Fremont Economic Development Council, for sponsoring the #mywhy contest. Several members posted their reasons why they belong to NREDA on social media including Clare Gustin of Sunflower Electric Cooperative. I found her "why" compelling because it involved her grandson Levi and providing him the opportunity to live and prosper in rural Kansas. What's your why?

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