Richard Davis, Chairman and CEO of Avectra, shares his news and views from inside Avectra, as well as the association and nonprofit world at large.

Happy New Year!

And what a great year 2013 is going to be. We’re already gearing up for what looks ready to be our biggest AUDC ever, as well as announcing some exciting new products this year. But first, let’s take a quick look back over 2012 and celebrate some of our accomplishments.

2012 In Review

The Avectra staff endured through an extensive renovation of our McLean offices in the first half of the year but the resulting improvements have made it all worthwhile. We consolidated our office space from two floors to one, allowing for increased collaboration. We also added additional conference rooms, a new kitchen and a wonderful new customer training room, that we hope you get to experience soon.

In February, we presented a very successful Avectra Users and Developers Conference (AUDC), which boasted a record number of attendees, new education tracks, and new session types.  The very positive feedback from attendees tells us we’re on the right track with this event and it now has a reputation with our customers and partners as a “must-attend” event.

In 2012, Success With Avectra Technology (SWAT) training days were launched to very appreciative audiences. SWAT Days are designed to bring a slice of the AUDC training experience to our customers throughout the year.

And last, but definitely not least, we were pleased to welcome many new customers in 2012, whom we look forward to serving in 2013 and beyond.

Giving and Volunteering

We held our second annual Avectra Walkathon last month. The Walkathon is a unique event that takes place on a treadmill and allows the participants to choose the charity to benefit from their participation. Sixteen employees took part, and by walking in ½ hour increments, raised money for 16 different charities, to which Avectra added matching funds. We saw a ten-fold increase in funds raised year over year for this event.

You may have noticed from our website and blog that we have some very generous staff working at Avectra, who support important causes and a few of them now are profiled on our website.

A Look Forward to 2013

Registration is open for AUDC13 and we’re enjoying a very healthy rate of registrants. If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t wait – the conference hotel block closes on February 1st. We are now finalizing the session schedule and will let you know when it’s available on the AUDC13.com website.

Also, I encourage you to stay tuned to the Avectra website and blog for news of new products and initiatives we’ll announce this year.

We continue to build on our library of resources and content in 2013. These resources are readily (and freely) available on our website, and I encourage you to take a look (and take advantage) of all that we offer:

Be sure to look for us at these upcoming industry events in the next month:

I hope that I will have the opportunity to meet you this year, either at AUDC in March, at an Association or Nonprofit industry event, or even right here at the Avectra Offices. I believe the upcoming year will offer some incredible opportunities to both the association and nonprofit world and I wish you a very successful and meaningful 2013.