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Thanks to 2017 leadership team and welcome to 2018 leaders


By Jack Levis

Jack Levis

Jack Levis

It was great seeing many of the Analytics Society members at our business meeting in Houston, where we discussed our strong membership and financial picture, and also recognized winners of our keystone awards. In addition, we thanked our 2017 leadership team and introduced our 2018 leaders.

I would like to recognize outgoing President Stefan Karisch, Treasurer Aaron Burciaga and Secretary Subrat Sahu for great service to our Society. At the same time, I would like to welcome our new Vice President Erick Wikum, Treasurer Margery Connor and Secretary Olga Raskina. We are fortunate to have such a great team.

The Analytics Society is strong and growing. Today, we have more than 1,800 members and over 2,100 in our LinkedIn community. To stay strong, we will focus on value. That means giving back to our members more than the cost of membership. We will do this by first strengthening our existing offerings.

Our Innovative Applications in Analytics Award (IAAA), Student Analytical Scholar Competition and Syngenta Crop Challenge Award have provided a great outlet for our members to showcase their work. We will institutionalize our prizes and ensure they run like clockwork.

We will continue to work with local chapters and INFORMS to offer more regional meetings. To date, these meetings have been well received and their expansion will increase networking opportunities and collaboration.

Of course, doing the above will require interaction with our members. This brings up our next goal. If we can utilize our collective knowledge to share best practices, lessons learned and engage our membership, we can all benefit greatly. Our strength is our diverse experience, and by sharing our insight and wisdom, we all will grow.

While LinkedIn will continue to be a communication avenue, INFORMS Connect will be an essential means to communicate among ourselves. Be on the lookout for threads from our leadership. Please start threads yourself and let the community share our vast knowledge.

If you are not yet a member of the society, please join and spread the word. Reach out to me with any questions and/or concerns as we look forward to a great 2018.

Jack Levis is president of the Analytics Society of INFORMS.


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