November 9, 2020
Dear NASBP Members, Affiliates, and Associates,
It is with great reluctance that I advise you of the decision to cancel our planned Annual Meeting in Nashville for 2021. I know many of you have expressed your own concerns regarding the advisability of holding the Annual Meeting in April 2021 given the recent COVID-19 pandemic resurgences, and it saddens me to be the bearer of such disappointing news. I am heartened that NASBP and its many members continue to be engaged, albeit virtually, but I miss, and I know you miss, being together in person to share greetings, ideas, and professional fellowship. We will be together again, just not this coming April. We will be hosting a virtual meeting in April to continue our tradition of celebrating surety, announcing new leadership and NASBP award winners.
NASBP is planning several other virtual events to take place early next year, and, of course, everyone will be invited. Together with the Surety and Fidelity Association of America, NASBP will be hosting a first-ever virtual federal legislative fly-in, as we will need to connect with our federally elected congressional leaders in the new Congress to extol the merits and virtues of surety bonding. More details about these virtual events will follow in the coming months. I want to thank NASBP staff for their skill and dedication in navigating and negotiating all the event cancellations and in organizing and presenting virtual programming that informs and connects us during this most challenging time.
I am confident that I will see you in person at an NASBP event in 2021, just not as early as I wish. When I do, I and the other NASBP officers plan to make that an occasion to remember. In the meantime, please know you have my sincerest wishes for your personal health and safety and your professional success.
All the best,