SWPPA President
Randy Taylor M. Photog. Cr. CPP


This has been a unusual year for Southwest management. Personal reasons have forced two board members and our Vice- President Shelly Rice to resign. This was difficult because of Shelly’s valuable contributions to our organization. Shelly has been very giving to our association and was a great asset during her many years as a board member.
She directed the print competition last year and helped us have a smooth well-run event. We will miss her and wish her success in the future. We have great replacements for all the board positions and have great things to look forward to including adding Arizona and Utah as active member states.

Your only issue is that you have to endure Me as President for another year.
Southwest is entering a new era beginning in 2015. We have new challenges to meet in order to make this a valued organization, more than just print competition and one convention every other year. It has to serve the members and be a benefit to everyone.
During the Arkansas convention in July, I called an informal meeting of board members and past presidents of Southwest PPA.
This was a discovery meeting where we looked at our value to our members and our purpose. We had a great meeting with many great ideas and a good direction to take our organization. We followed that meeting with our executive meeting to refine our ideas. Member benefits are our greatest concern and one with which we need to be better.  We developed a new purpose and created a new motto for Southwest PPA.

Our new motto is “Southwest Professional Photographers USE” as in “Unite, Support, and Educate” members of the Southwest PPA print district. Our intent is to put forth more effort to help member states make their associations better. We are helping with speakers, leadership and support where needed. We are going to be more aggressive in our programing with a more hands on approach and an awareness of newer styles and trends.

We are open to new ideas and approaches to serving our members and are always looking for fresh ideas. Please let me know if you have an idea to help our association. It takes us all to have a valued and successful association.





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