we met virtually throughout the pandemic. I can’t recall a single occasion when the Executive Committee made
any decision without unanimous consent and every discussion was collegial, respectful, and consistent with College
values. The College is in great hands with President-Elect Susan Harriman. Our Fellows will appreciate and
embrace Susan’s joyful outlook along with her energy and passion for the College.
We are grateful for the work and support of the Regents and Past Presidents who comprise the Board of Regents.
We will miss outgoing Regents Michael Shepard, Joe Caldwell, Larry Krantz, and Sandy Forbes, and welcome
their successors Bill Keane, Greg Wells, Richard Strassberg, and Bernard Amyot. Thank you for your past and
future service to the College.
We lost Rita Silverman, wife of Past President Leon Silverman, and Morgan Varner, husband of Past President
Chilton Davis Varner. They will be missed.
We are grateful for the General Committee Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and Fellows whose work on committees helped
achieve the goals and mission of the College. We are grateful to the State/Province Chairs, Vice-Chairs, and
Fellows who welcomed us with open arms to the thirty-five locations in the United States and Canada we travelled
to this year. Each stop presented special memories which we will never forget. Because Past President Doug
Young and Terry and Past President Rodney Acker and Judy had very few opportunities for travel during their
tenures, they joined us for a few trips. The generosity and kindness of our Fellows at each stop was remarkable.
The lunch and dinner meetings, speakers, museums, and sights created a lifetime of special memories for us.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE AT RETREAT
We are grateful for our National Office staff which skillfully transitioned
us from in-person to remote to hybrid meeting formats. Our staff is
dedicated to the mission and goals of the College. We thank Dennis
Maggi (Executive Director); Amy Mrugalski (Senior Strategic Initiatives
Manager), Suzanne Alsnauer (Senior Meetings and Conference
Manager), Geri Frankenstein (Senior Manager, Membership), Sarah
Stokes (Senior Communications Manager), Kim Klingaman (Meeting
Project Coordinator), and Cheryl Castillo (Office Administrator and
Accounting), for their support and dedication throughout this year.
I am grateful for having had extraordinary mentors. In the last Journal,
Past President and Editor of the Journal Bob Byman emphasized
the importance of having mentors: “There is always time until there
isn’t. Mentors are important. Important to have them, important to be
them. Important to remember them.” I acknowledge my four primary
mentors with my gratitude and love. My father was my first mentor.
He was an architect, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects,
and a man of great integrity and thoughtfulness. “What would Dad
do?” is the right question whenever I am faced with an ethical dilemma.
My first professional mentor was my former partner Bill Steele, a
Fellow and Former Regent of the College. He exuded professionalism.
My final two mentors have been my partners Mal Wheeler and Jack
Trigg, both Fellows of the College and men of great skill and judgment.
Their moral compasses point due north...always. As you can
see, the mentorship of “Fellows” has significantly impacted the arch
of my life and career. I hope all of us have mentors and are mentors.
Executive Committee at Retreat
Serenaded by a bagpiper at Michigan
Fellows Dinner at Crystal Downs
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