President’s Message

April 2019

Dear IAdCA Friends and Volunteers:

Last week, we held our 18th Annual IAdCA Conference in Philly.  As I reflect on the overall event, I’d like to take a moment to recognize and welcome our newest leadership team and board members.  You may or may not know that the IAdCA Board holds an election for Officers every two years.  I could not be more excited and honored to be elected the President of IAdCA for 2020 & 2021, especially since we will be celebrating 20 years of serving our advertising compliance community in 2021!  Following in the footsteps of great past Presidential leadership will be no easy task.  Most recently, Cailie Currin served as our President and fearless leader for the past two years, but her dedication to IAdCA dates back almost a decade as she started her service with the Education Committee.  She also served on the Board of Directors for five years prior to accepting the Presidential role.  We couldn’t be more grateful for all the time and support Cailie has given to IAdCA over the past decade, and we are thankful she will continue to provide resources to this great organization through one of her staff members, Pete Rock, who was voted onto the Board of Directors during our Annual Board Meeting held on April 3rd.   She will also remain on the Executive Committee as a past President along with all her great predecessors to be called upon as needed.

I also wanted to acknowledge two other dedicated contributors to the IAdCA organization who will no longer be active Board Members; our Treasurer for the past 4 years, Jennifer Herens, and Maurita Taylor.  Jennifer has been a part of the IAdCA family for seven years, six of which she served on the Board of Directors.  Maurita has been an attendee and participant of IAdCA for nine years and actively served on the Board of Directors for eight years with two of those years as the Secretary.  Both Jennifer and Maurita have been intricate and invaluable contributors and supporters of IAdCA.  They have also been extremely gracious with willingness to assist in the transition and share their tenured experience to help ensure a smooth transition for the Board Members and Officers that will be assuming their past roles and responsibilities.

As with any non-profit organization that relies heavily on volunteers, when Board Members and Officers retire from their leadership positions, it’s crucial to acquire enthusiastic & passionate volunteers to follow in the footsteps of those that have set the bar in their efforts of serving our advertising compliance community.  As such, I’d like to introduce and welcome our newest Officers and Board Members.  Please welcome Jim Namorato into his new role as our new Vice President.  He has served on the Board and Co-Chaired the Education Committee for the past four years. Additionally, Laurie Poulos accepted her elected role as Secretary.  Laurie has been with IAdCA for three years and joined the Board of Directors last year.  She has served on the Education Committee the past two years and will Co-Chair that committee for 2020.  And the last Officer to recognize, but certainly not least, is our elected Treasurer, Sonya Dickey.  Sonya has the longest tenure of all Board Members.  In fact, she was part of the original discussions for the need to support advertising compliance professionals before the first conference was ever conducted.  She has served in various committee and board roles from audit to education as well as the conference committee.  Since the inception of our organization, she has only missed one conference.

As for our newest additions to our Board of Directors, in addition to Pete Rock formerly mentioned, please also welcome Jaclyn Andronici and Cathy Vasilev.  Jaclyn is one of our newest members as she was introduced to IAdCA in 2018.  She served on the Public Relations Committee this year and was instrumental in launching and managing our first event app, Whova.  Cathy has been a participating vendor for IAdCA for the past five years and served on the Conference Committee this year.  Each of our new Officers and Board members are sure to make a significant and positive impact on the IAdCA organization, and I’m excited about what the future holds in our continued efforts to bring compliance professionals and regulators together to promote healthy conversations around insurance advertising compliance. The newly elected Officers & Board Members, as well as the Board of Directors as a whole, are sure to be valuable assets to IAdCA and foster the trajectory of our continued success in serving our advertising compliance community.

The last group of individuals I would like to recognize are our loyal and new attendees.  IAdCA would not exist if it wasn’t for each of you.  We had several compliance professionals that attended for their first time and many that have attended annually for over ten years.  We know you could not attend without the support of your companies for whom you represent.  So, thank you for taking the time to contribute individually by attending and participating in the breakout and other interactive sessions, and a big thank you to the companies you work for in supporting your attendance.  Please do not keep us a secret.  Share your experience and our information with your colleagues that may not have been exposed to IAdCA.  Also, if you would like to become more involved on a committee, please respond to our “IAdCA Needs You!” page found on our “About” tab.  We look forward to seeing you next year in Portland, OR April 22 – 24, 2020!


Heidi Gabel