I will be stepping down from APEI Board service after nine years this fall. It has been an incredible nine years of growth, both for me and for APEI.
When I became Business Manager at Nome Public Schools in 2002, I was told that my predecessor had been on the APEI Board, so I should plan on Board service too! At that time, we were in the middle of an escalation of property and liability insurance rates following 9-11, so I felt it would be a good time to learn more about what was behind the rates.
I started attending committee and Board meetings and found that APEI was in the middle of a transition. The company had to find ways to improve its financial position, while still remaining competitive in the market. Over the next nine years, I was able to take part in that transition from a Board member seat, assisting APEI to be responsive to member needs and improving its structure to meet those needs.
I have remained on the Board because I have benefited from my involvement professionally. Not only did I meet my original goal of learning about the insurance industry, but I learned from being part of a forward-thinking organization that was pursuing continuous improvement. Leadership stability, both with staff and the Board, has enabled APEI to keep moving forward and improving. When I was at Nome Public Schools, the insights I brought back from meetings helped the district to improve its risk management.
I would encourage anyone seeking professional development from involvement with a well-functioning Board to contact APEI Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bush about Board membership. You’ll learn about the underpinnings of the insurance industry, from risk management to investments, and you’ll take part in a thoughtful planning process for APEI’s future. The knowledge you’ll gain will benefit your current and future employers!