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First DEMA Board Meeting of 2019 to Take Place February 7-8, 2019 in San Diego, CA

Tuesday, January 22, 2019   (0 Comments)
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DEMA’s Board of Directors will gather for the first Board Meeting of 2019 on February 7th and 8th in San Diego, CA. The Board will focus on setting DEMA’s strategic goals and objectives for the year in order to bring businesses together to grow the diving industry worldwide. Topics for discussion will include:

  • 2018 DEMA Board Member Self-Evaluations
  •  Developing a Member Engagement Strategy
  •  International Membership and Programs
  •  Proposed 2019 Programs and Budget Review
  •  Officer Appointment and Committee Recommendations

Day one of the Board meeting will begin with the election of the Board Chair from among the 2019 Board Members. 2019 Board Members include:

  • A1-Manufacturing
    Mike Hollis, Aqua Lung
    Jenna Meistrell, Body Glove

  • A2-Diver Certification and Training Agencies
    Kristin Valette-Wirth, PADI

  • A3-Dive Publishing, Media, Consulting and Non-Retail Service Providers
    Jerry Beaty, Dive Training Magazine
    Dan Orr, Dan Orr Consulting

  • A4-Retailers
    Patrick Hammer, Scuba Emporium
    Myra Kurn, Ocean Enterprises, Inc.

  • A5-Travel & Resorts
    Stuart Cove, Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas
    Tim Webb, Caradonna Dive Adventures

Once the 2019 Board Chair is elected the Board will approve reports from past and completed activities as part of the “consent agenda.”  The February consent agenda will include:

  • DEMA 2018 Dashboard
  •  2018 Year End Financial Summary and Manufacturer’s Fund Report
  •  New Professionals Focus Group Summary
  •  Membership Audit and DEMA Bylaws
  •  DEMA Show 2019 Update
  •  Membership Update
  •  2019 Committees and Objectives

Following approval of the consent agenda, the Board will move into matters on the regular agenda including the appointment of Board Officers and Committee Chairs. Committees are a crucial way for the DEMA Board to engage Members and gather input as they guide the Association. Committees are tactical, and the goals of Committees include creating new ideas, improving current programs and benefits, clarifying or resolving pending issues, and soliciting feedback from Industry stakeholders.  Within their areas of focus, Committees’ ideas and suggestions are well-researched, strategically-developed, and when ready for further action, proposed to the entire Board for input, further development, and implementation.

Members interested in volunteering on a DEMA Board committee can find more information and apply online.

After final discussion and approval of the budget and programs, the Board of Directors will address any new business and adjourn. 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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