On behalf of the International Stability Operations Association, I would like to thank you for being a member and for allowing me to serve as your Chairman for another year. I am truly honored and sincerely appreciate the confidence and the opportunity. I would like to recognize our ISOA President, Mr. Howie Lind for his outstanding service and support to ISOA during 2016. In a short period of time, he has helped to transform the association in a positive way as a result of his leadership, successful collaboration with members and supporting stakeholders while attempting to offer value to all of our members as a result of his experience, dedication, vision and action oriented work ethic.
In addition, I would like to thank our current member companies, as well as the Board of Directors for the hard work, time and commitment you put into making ISOA a success as well as welcome all of our newest elected Board members and companies who have recently joined ISOA. We have an exciting year ahead and your ideas and contributions will be critical to our continued success as we transition into 2017.
Finally, I would like to thank you for attending and participating in the 11th Annual ISOA Fall Summit. Thanks to you, the ISOA Summit was a resounding success—and featured an impressive line-up of distinguished speakers.
The 11th Annual ISOA Fall Summit brought together a diverse and dynamic group of speakers and panelists that not only provided in-depth insight; but also actionable information on some of the more pressing issues which our members face in the contingency contracting space. The annual ISOA Summit provides a critical forum to discuss these issues and offers an important opportunity for the government and private sector to interface and collaborate with one another to refine our focus and improve our contracting solutions.
ISOA would like to offer special gratitude to all of our speakers, panelists, and moderators for helping to facilitate the open dialogue and close collaboration that our association strives to achieve between government and private industry. We would like to thank all of the sponsor organizations for their continued support and for helping make the summit a success. It is because of your close participation that we are able to be such an impactful organization, so thank you very much for your time and resources in supporting this summit.
In particular special thanks to our keynote speakers and accomplished panelists from the U.S. Department of State including: Mr. Gregory Starr, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security, and Ms. Cathy Read, Director, Acquisition Management, as well as from the U.S. Department of Defense, including: General John F. Kelly, USMC (ret.) and Mr. Gary Motsek, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Program Support.
Your presence helped to make this event a great success, and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. We hope that you continue to be engaged with the International Stability Operations Association and partake in upcoming events that we have planned.
Moving into 2017 ISOA will continue to host important events, engage with policy-makers and key government agencies at all levels on issues that affect the industry every day as well as work with our committees and working groups to facilitate necessary dialogue among the association and those it represents, as well as among other member organizations internationally.
Stay tuned for updates on upcoming ISOA events!
Gerald G. Goss
Gerald Goss, Chairman of the Board,
International Stability Operations Association