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Regional meeting, Annual Meeting and officer elections on tap

Jack Levis

Jack Levis

By Jack Levis

With the end of summer here, Hurricane Florence reared its ugly head. I hope our members in the affected areas remained safe and were able to escape damage.

Our members continue to work to provide value to our society. Last week we held a regional conference in Seattle, and we will hold another in Chicago on Oct. 11, with more coming next year. We’re striving to make these conferences an ongoing activity, because not only do they allow our members to showcase their work, but they also provide additional avenues for professionals to interact and focus on practice, which benefits our profession and society.

Other local chapters of INFORMS interested in participating should reach out to me or any of our officers. INFORMS Connect is a good way to do this.

The 2018 INFORMS Annual Meeting, set for Nov. 4-7 in Phoenix, will serve as the site of the Society’s business meeting and offer Society leaders and members a chance to meet face-to-face over drinks and food. The annual meeting is also the time when Society leaders turn the reins over to a new set of officers. A slate of officer candidates, including the posts of secretary and president-elect, will soon go out for a vote by our members. The candidates for secretary include Aaron Burciaga and Subrat Sahu, while Alan Briggs and Arnie Greenland are candidates for president-elect.

Our profession and Society are strong because of great people such as Aaron, Subrat, Alan and Arnie. Erick Wikum, the current president-elect and our next president, believes that volunteerism is essential for our long-term success, and I know he will be fully engaging more individuals to help. We can certainly use more volunteers, so please reach out and express your interest.

I look forward to seeing our members at the INFORMS Annual Meeting.

Jack Levis is the president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.

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