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Letter from The President - Connie Thatcher

​By CONNIE THATCHER
Advantage Sales & Marketing
2014 DDBC President



This year – 2014 – the DDBC is celebrating its 54th year. It is my privilege to serve as President and I thank you for that honor.
I want to continue the momentum of a strong organization that focuses on networking, educating, and giving back. We are fortunate to be able to celebrate a great year in 2013 under the leadership of Bill Mackie (Nasser Co., Inc.). We were able to increase our scholarship offerings, support City of Hope’s 100th year by donating a Diabetic Machine and increase our membership and participation from retailers.
There were so many people volunteering to help on committees this year and to give of their time and their funds to support a worthwhile cause and organization.
This year we have many new members, some that came to our National Seminar for the first time and want to be more involved with the DDBC, and more retailers interested in helping us make a difference. Thank you to all of you who have asked to be a part of 2014 and our exciting events that we have planned. 
What I notice the most about our business and the DDBC is that no matter how competitive we are out there every day, we are a close-knit group of people all willing to support each other and our industry. Please make this a year that you participate if even in just a small way by attending one more event than you did last year and bringing someone new with you. The organization will gain from this, of course, but more importantly, you will reap the greatest reward in the networking and friendships that are made.
I want to thank the 2013 Board members who have just finished their term and served so well and welcome in the 2014 new and returning Board members. This year we have a couple of returning Presidents on our board, new Retailers, and a very motivated team. That speaks a lot to the organization when people want to continue to serve and support and keep coming back to volunteer their time. 
I know based on the excitement and comments from people that you are looking for an exciting year ahead ... we promise not to disappoint you and welcome any comments or feedback that you think would help us grow.

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L-R: Jim Veregge, Susan Steele, Laura Taketomo, Cynthia Yarak, Cheryl Van Den Hende, Connie Thatcher, Lisa Juarez, Sharon Fails, Patti Winsell, Bill Mackie, Sue Bargsten, Sokha Lim, Frank Rizzi, Liz Wilson, Bill Back, Miriam Welch (missing from photo)