This summer has gone by so fast, and I truly have enjoyed being your WBEA President. The gavel is now handed over to Karen O’Connor for 2019-2020. I want to start out by thanking you, all the members of the Western Region, for your support this year. I learned a lot about your business programs, met some fabulous business educators, and enjoyed networking with my colleagues.
Next, I want to express my gratitude to my wonderful WBEA Executive Board: Roietta Fulgham, Tina Fulks, Keith Hannah, Martin Runge, Eric Swenson, Dona Orr, and Kristina Yamada. Their support and encouragement guided me through the ups and downs of being president as well as bolstered my confidence in leadership and executing a regional conference. I definitely learned a lot with everyone’s help.
I also want to thank everyone who attended the WBEA 2019 Conference in Tucson, Arizona. The weather cooperated in its typical Arizona fashion, and the conference was a fun-filled, educational weekend with dozens of sessions and several stimulating tours. The huge success of the conference was attributed to Julie Ellis, my Conference Chair, and her committees including Robert Waller. I also want to thank our two keynote speakers, Jaime Casap and John Mulcahy for their inspiring words. Finally, the El Conquistador Resort did not disappoint with its amazing food and hospitality.
Our awards ceremony was held at the Old Western Village on the ground of the hotel. I want to congratulate all the deserving award winners, and especially the President’s Award winner, Julie Ellis, my conference director. The best thing I heard teachers say was how they learned things that they could immediately use in the classroom.
In closing, I know that your school year is starting soon, and I wish you the best in the upcoming school year. We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming WBEA 2020 Conference in Redondo Beach, California, February 14-16, 2020.
THANK YOU TO ARIZONA FOR A GREAT CONFERENCE!
Welcome to the Western Business Education Association (WBEA), an affiliate of the National Business Education Association. WBEA seeks to share educational experiences that will prepare individuals to excel as consumers, workers, and citizens in our economic systems. WBEA is committed to providing our members professional development, networking, and learning opportunities through online resources and regional conferences.
Working closely with the States, Territories, and Provinces (S/T/Ps) that make up the western region, WBEA provides opportunities for these organizations to connect, share, and support business education programs at the local, state, provincial, regional, and national level.
YOUR WBEA 2019 - 2020 Board at the Summer Planning Meeting