Greetings Columbus CPCU Chapter,
Welcome to the New Year! I hope you have gotten a chance to enjoy time with family and friends and are feeling refreshed and ready for 2017 in the Columbus CPCU Chapter!
One of the hot topics that we as CPCU Society members (and as industry professionals) keep hearing is to stay focused on recruitment and retention. My theme for 2017 will be Recruitment & Retention: Obtaining and Keeping Interest. We must be diligent in recognizing and rewarding those individuals who stay involved with the designation whether they have been a CPCU for one year, twenty years, or just recently passed his/her first exam.
As we know, our industry is facing a crisis which will come in the form of workforce shortage (accelerating retirements) within the next few years. We all need to expand our reach to those who might be considering insurance as a career. Your board will focus on getting the message out to the local colleges that offer Risk Management as a path to a Bachelor Degree. We want to involve these students early in their career so that they can be prepared to enter the workforce; after all, what better way to take those first steps towards a rewarding career than having the prestigious CPCU designation on a resume? We will be bringing back scholarships in 2017 which will be awarded to a handful of students so that they can get a first-hand look at the knowledge and benefits of membership in the CPCU Society.
There is not enough credit given to all of the current CPCU members that bring their wealth of knowledge and professionalism to the Chapter. Congratulations are in order to those individuals for maintaining membership and continued support of CPCU. The dedication and loyalty of these fine men and women truly makes me proud to be a part this Chapter. If it wasn’t for these long-standing members, our Chapter would not be able to maintain our Gold Level status year-after-year. We want to do a few things this year to thank these individuals in the form of ticket raffles, swag items, Happy Hour meet-and-greets, and our famous Clipper and Golf outing in the summer. Although being a member of this society isn’t all about fun, it certainly doesn’t hurt to remember that you worked hard for your designation, so now it’s time for some reward!
In closing, I want remind our members (or aspiring) that the lines of communication are open if you have something you would like to share about what we could/could not be doing to improve your experiences as part of this Chapter. I do not consider this a leadership position, but an opportunity to give back to an organization to which I am so proud, honored, and thankful to serve. Please don’t hesitate to drop me (or anyone on your board) a line, and let’s get the conversation started!
Stefanie Truitt, CPCU, MBA, AU, API, AINS