President Joel Grandon’s October Message

A Message from the President, October 2019

Joel Grandon, LPA, EA, ARA, NSA President 2019-2020

I would like to thank each of you for putting your trust in me to lead this great organization for the next year. Do you realize that this is the 75th year that NSA has existed to serve its members? What an accomplishment for us as a group! When I look back to my starting point in NSA, as a State Director, I never would have imagined that someday I would be president of NSA. I remember how I was encouraged to run for District VII Governor after a long stint as State Director, and decided that yes, this organization may benefit from my leadership experience, and so I ran. Six years later, I am now President, and just as anxious to give my leadership experience to this great Society. It is an honor and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.

The NSA mission statement is “Helping NSA members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation.” Please memorize this mission statement. Mission statements are important, because they remind us of our purpose and direction. In every growing organization I am a part of, the mission statement is visible to the members. As president, I want to keep our mission statement in front of our members, so we all continue to work towards the same goals.

This last year has been a year of change for our Society, as we have a new CEO, Strategic Plan, by-laws, the highest participation in voting in years, and several new staff members. What has not changed is our commitment to “Helping NSA members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation.” The Strategic Plan calls for changes and improvements in the areas of Infrastructure, Membership Growth, Education, Branding and Communicating Member Value. We have made great strides in improving our infrastructure and communicating Member Value, and while there is still some work to be done in those areas, it is now time to move on to other areas of improvement. While each of these areas are being improved, I feel it is most important to continue focusing on our commitment to communicating member value.

Each member is critical to the success of NSA, whether licensed or unlicensed. I believe we should make each member aware of the value they received from our society, and while somethings are hard to monetize, others are fairly simple. If you visit our home page at , the first thing you will notice is a list of monetized values for your membership, versus what nonmembers would pay. Since we all like value, this is important for us to see and share with our peers who are not members of NSA. Each member benefit listed is an important step in “Helping NSA members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation.” If you aren’t using all or most of these benefits, please start as they exist to enhance your knowledge and performance in your field.

As I look forward to what we will accomplish this year, I assure you that the focus of this year will be the Strategic Plan that was created in September of 2018. I will work to champion this plan and hand it off next year to First Vice President Curt Lee. We will continue to implement and refine this plan to shape NSA into an organization you will be proud to be a part of.

Please feel free to reach out to me with ideas you may have to help us grow and improve. Please invite your peers to join us as we continue to push our mission which is “Helping NSA members achieve success in the profession of accountancy and taxation.”

On a lighter note, the Annual Meeting in Charlotte was a lot of fun, and I would like to encourage members to come to the 2020 Annual Meeting. Keep an eye out for information and details as they’re released in MemberLink.

Joel Grandon

NSA President

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