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Mary Odom's Farewell Message- Reprint from April's Newsletter

Wednesday, October 04, 2023 11:18 PM | Heidi Stevens (Administrator)

I’d just like to say a few words of gratitude for the amazing experience I’ve had as ITC’s Executive Director for the past 4 years.
When I started in 2019, I was interviewed by Anh Sirridge, Joe Lohman, Jay Devers, Alyson Schroer, & Anthony Houchin. Although I didn’t know much about international trade, I could sense the passion of these leaders for their industry, and I felt a kindred spirit with them in regards to their enthusiasm for ITC as an organization and their commitment to its success.
The first areas that I tackled were holding the big Incoterms 2020 event, streamlining ITC’s operations, establishing regular communications, and developing the brand-new website and Association Management System (AMS). Since completing my first year, ITC has successfully navigated the pandemic by pivoting to online events, developed a new strategic plan, trademarked TradeWins, launched the Young Professionals Group, took over the convening of the International Steering Committee for World Trade Day, and grew the membership from less than 60 members to over 100.
I will miss working with the warm and caring group of leaders at the helm of ITC as well as the fourth Friday breakfasts. I will especially miss the fun holiday parties!
To Heidi, the new Executive Director, I am honored to pass the baton to such a keen, intuitive, and professional person. I look forward to seeing how your vision takes ITC  to the next level. I am confident that you can lead this organization with the creative energy you bring.
I want to thank the current officers: President Lohman, Vice President Ramboldt, Secretary Anna Grossman, and Treasurer Anh Sirridge for the support and encouragement over the last year during my diagnosis. They picked a lot of slack and covered for me on many occasions.
Finally, I want to thank my Rock Star husband Jim Odom, for his tireless efforts to support my work and the ITC. Without him, I could not have been successful.
On a personal note, I’ve endeavored to put God first, family second, and work third. ITC has always respected those priorities which I am grateful for, because when time is short, I’m glad there are no regrets about how I spent my time. Make sure you spend your time well too.
Thank you for the honor of serving ITC!

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