From the President’s Desk
Rick Lindemann

Greetings All:

Happy Halloween!

Hard to believe it’s less than 60 days till Christmas.
Where did the year go? I’m sure it’s been a busy and chaotic year for everyone. It’s also been an unprecedented year. I’ve talked to several industry veterans, and I’ve not met anyone who has seen anything like we have this year. Last month ESA participated in the Fall Industry Summit in San Destin, Florida. The venue was terrific, even if the weather did not always cooperate. We experienced some top-level speakers and presentations. The exhibitor showcase once again proved to be very valuable. And last but certainly not least, the networking opportunities were fantastic. If you did not attend, I encourage you to consider it next time.
During the Summit, we conducted our annual business meeting, finally in person. There were several topics discussed and various actions taken.
One particular matter that was Bittersweet for me was submitting my resignation as president.
I’ve truly enjoyed serving on the board for the past five years. We have overcome some very tough challenges, but we have survived and become a more robust association because of it.
Many thanks to all of the board members that worked very hard to keep ESA a possible association.
I’d also like to thank the Seven12 management group for their assistance and guidance over the past year.
They have been an excellent partner in helping us with the details of running the association while our board members tend to their “day jobs.”
Congratulations to our VP Chris Johnson as he will step in as interim president until formal elections take place next spring.
As for me, I will continue to serve on the board as past president and help out wherever I’m needed.
As I step aside, I look forward to the future leadership team that will take the association to the next level.
This opportunity has allowed me to meet so many great companies and individuals. A value that is impossible to put a price tag on.
As I said earlier, It is bittersweet. Sad to step aside but excited to see what happens next.

Rick Lindemann