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DEMA Board of Directors to Meet in Long Beach, CA for Quarterly Board Meeting on June 8th and 9th

Wednesday, June 3, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Rachelle Reimers
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DEMA’s Board of Directors will meet on June 8th and 9th to strategize ways to help grow our Industry and maximize DEMA’s benefits for Members. Topics for discussion will include strategic planning, Reaching Out Award Nominations, and implementation of new board policies to help the association thrive in the future.


Day one of the Board meeting will begin with a group discussion to help set DEMA’s strategic direction over the next 24 to 36 months. Attended by the DEMA Board of Directors, as well as by several invited industry stakeholders, the group will discuss outcomes and opportunities from the 2014 Strategy Session. Topics to be reviewed include stakeholder engagement and collaboration opportunities as well as the mission of the organization. The ultimate goal of this session is to collaborate with members of the professional diving community and help establish a strategic direction for DEMA that can assist in developing a more profitable future for the diving industry.


After the strategic group discussion, the Board of Directors will reconvene to review and approve the consent agenda. The “consent agenda” is used as a process to review and approve reports on past activities and keeps the focus of short face-to-face meetings on strategic issues and the future of the organization.  Typical of the consent agenda reports are minutes from past committee and board meetings, financial information and data requested by members of the board. 


Following approval of the consent agenda, Mark Hennelly, CPA and Director of PKF, DEMA’s independent auditing firm, will present the results from DEMA’s annual internal financial audit and review the association’s financial operations.  DEMA proactively conducts an annual association audit to maintain accurate financial data and confirm to DEMA Members that funds are being used responsibly and in accordance with the mission of the organization under the direction of the DEMA Board.


Day two of the Board of Directors meeting will commence with DEMA’s Executive Director, Tom Ingram; Controller, Colleen Vasquez; and Board Treasurer, Tom Leaird leading the Board of Directors in a discussion on reserve & investment policies. After final discussion and recommendations have been presented, the Board will review the nominations for the 2015 Reaching Out Award and vote on this year’s recipients.


More information on DEMA’s Board of Directors and Bylaws is available on the DEMA website. Complete minutes from past Board of Directors Meetings are available to current DEMA Members from the Member Dashboard of

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