|Message From The President
As I’m writing this month’s message, I’m preparing for my final BCBA Board Meeting as President. This year has been an amazing and rewarding experience and it has flown by in what seems like an instant. I want to thank all of the member of the Brevard County Bar Association for making it a terrific organization over all of the years and for continuing to support the mission of the local bar to this day.
When I stepped up to the podium to become the President at last year’s Installation Dinner, I talked about the strength of our organization being in the relationships we have among members. During this year, it was my focus to try to have as many occasions where we could get members together in a social setting and promote a collegial atmosphere. I hope you took the time to attend, to meet new members, and to renew the friendships and professional relationships with all whom you were already familiar. I am sure that next year will offer another great lineup of events and opportunities to do the same and I plan to attend as many as possible. It is where I believe we create the culture of the Brevard County Bar and maintain our legacy as a close-knit legal community.
There were so many things that made this year for the BCBA a great success that I could not list all of them here. However, the work done by Terrie Callahan, our Executive Director, is especially noteworthy. Whenever I needed help this year,she was there to take care of things. Terrie has come to all of our events and taken great pride in attention to detail that keeps the Bar up and running on a daily basis. I will miss our frequent discussions about how to get things done and how to make things better. When I wasn’t able to do things because of my full-time job as a lawyer, she was always ready to offer to do what was necessary to make things happen. I know I’m not the only one on the Board or in the membership of the Bar that feels this way, because I know she helps all who ask just the same. I could not have survived his year as President without her efforts and for that I am grateful.
I also want to thank this year’s BCBA Board members and all of those with whom I’ve served since my first days on the board. Starting in 2006 with Kimberly Bonder Rezanka, and moving forward with Keith Szachacz (2007), Brian Onek (2008), Ashley Hardee (2009), Sam Bookhardt (2010), Timi Tucker (2011) and Alan Diamond (2012), I had great mentors in the BCBA Presidents that came before me. Their leadership and commitment to the Bar left a lasting impression and provided me with confidence in knowing I had a good foundation of knowledge from which to do the work I would do this year as President.
Sometimes I think the hardest part of being BCBA President is figuring out what to write about in this space each month. A few months ago, I was suffering from writer’s block and I just sat down and poured out what was going on in my life that day. It was just a slice of a day in the life of a busy lawyer, board member, dad and husband. I had no idea how it would be received. In the days that followed, I was happily surprised to find so many of you had taken time to read it and relate to it in a positive way. As I am ending this tenure on the Board, I have to thank my family for allowing me and often encouraging me to pursue my involvement in BCBA throughout the past eight years. In 2006 when I first was elected to the board, my first son was about a year and a half old. In May of that year, we brought home our golden retriever and, in August, our second son was born. It was a busy time. That Fall, I was working, volunteering as a soccer coach, going to BCBA functions and meetings, playing in an adult hockey league, and still learning how to be a dad. In the time since, the kids have gone to and finished daycare and moved onto elementary school. They’ve learned to walk, learned to read and write, how to ride bikes and how to skate, and have grown in so many ways that make me proud. The time has gone by incredibly fast. Through all of my time on the Board, my wife has been committed to making it easy for me to be a bare of the bar. Many times I asked her if I should stay on another year and every time, she said I should. I’m glad she did and I cannot thank her enough for her love, encouragement, and sacrifices along the way. I’m looking forward to having just a little more time to spend with her and the boys in the coming months.
There will always be more work to do and more challenges ahead in life and my career. But, this has been a wonderfully rewarding time in my life that I will always look upon with fond memories. Thank you all once again.