Since 1989, the National Information Officers Association has worked to bring public information officers together recognizing that we all have the same needs, problems and challenges. The NIOA is dedicated to being a resource for our members and the profession as a whole, and strives to provide the best training, networking opportunities and guidance to be the best information officer possible.
We are a unique and dynamic organization that is successful because of members like you, who are taking the time and initiative to better yourself, your agency and our profession. It’s this passion that exemplifies our organization as a premiere venue for training and networking in the field of information gathering and dissemination.
Our annual training conference held in August has become one of the most respected training venues for public safety, government and healthcare spokespersons in the industry. The NIOA’s Core Values state we are an organization that promotes “Professionalism, Ethics, Education, Networking”, something that I take very personally. The Executive Board, our Regional Directors and our members work very hard to provide a top-notch training experience, and we are filled to capacity every year.
The reason that the NIOA is so successful is because of its’ members. Whether you are brand new in public affairs or a seasoned veteran your opinion and voice matters. By being an active NIOA member adds to the validity of the organization, our core values and the need for competent, well-trained crisis communicators. Hallmarks that we profess are Honor, Integrity and Credibility … three attributes that define us as a professional spokesperson.
For the next year, I ask that you make a difference as a member of the NIOA. I am challenging every member three things for the next year. First, to recruit one new member by the time we meet in Florida. Secondly, I ask that you submit one article for submission for our online Bi-monthly newsletter and thirdly, to submit a presentation idea for next year’s conference.
One of my goals has always been to promote and grow the NIOA membership and we continue to accomplish that year after year. Another goal I have been working on with other professionals is to create a national accreditation for public information/public affairs officers. My hopes are this will be available within the next year.
The National Information Officers Association is always working to improve our members and our profession, and we hope that you will join us in Clearwater Beach, Florida for our 2017 training conference.
I am extremely honored and humbled to serve as the 27th President of the NIOA, and fortunate that I have been allowed to serve for a second time. I look forward to serving you, representing you and representing our great organization. Stay safe my friends, and see you on the Beach!