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Q3 2023 President’s Message

    Kat Parker, HYPERAMS

    TMA Chicago/Midwest Chapter President

    The year has flown by and with Q3 behind us, the planning for next year is already underway. The Sponsorship committee has already kicked off their campaign for 2024. It is because of our sponsors we are able to provide high quality programs throughout the year.  I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for their support this year, especially our Platinum sponsors; Jenner & Block, Republic Business Credit, Harney Partners, Hilco Global & SAK Healthcare.

     As we approach the final quarter, we finish off the year with some of the Chapter’s largest events.  We recently hosted the second annual Capital Marketplace at RPM on September 14th which was a great success. This coming fall we are looking forward to the TMA Chopped Cooking Competition (October 18th), Executive Speaker Forum with keynote speaker Coach Mike Krzyzewski (November 16th) and the Annual TMA Holiday Party (December 5th).  In addition to these premium experiences, we also have several quality educational and networking events being planned in Chicago, Milwaukee and Madison.

    On Sunday, October 22nd the Scholarship Foundation will be hosting a family day at Une Annee Brewery in Niles from 12:00pm to 3:00pm.  The event will be a great way to connect with TMA members and their families over great beer, lunch, football, and family-friendly activities, all while raising awareness for the benefit of the Scholarship Foundation.  The Foundation provides scholarships for family members of the TMA, and in 2012 began providing them for need based organizations recommended by Chapter members.  The Foundation board plans to continue to enhance this wonderful member benefit over the course of the next year to further develop its impact within the TMA community and beyond. 

    And our TMA community has grown a little more this quarter, as I welcomed my first daughter, Palmer at the end of July.   A special thanks to Jack O’Connor (President Elect) for stepping up and helping to lead the past few months.  Palmer has been keeping me busy and is looking forward to attending her first TMA event on Sunday, October 22nd for the Scholarship Foundation.

    Looking forward to capping off another great year together!