From the NASBP President
Dear NASBP Members, Affiliates, and Associates,
I am pleased that NASBP continues to rise to the challenge of pursuing its mission—to strengthen professionalism, expertise, and innovation in surety and to advocate its use worldwide—despite the continuance of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this 2021 NASBP Highlights: The Year in Review publication, you will read how NASBP volunteers and staff diligently undertook actions and efforts that promoted and defended suretyship and that informed and educated the next generation of surety professionals and stakeholders on the merits of the surety process and product. Such activity cannot be accomplished without working together as an engaged and caring community.
“Better Together” is a state of being that I fervently believe benefits us in all aspects of our personal and professional lives. That is why I chose it as my NASBP presidential theme. The inspiration for choosing “better together” originated from a conversation with my son, Steven, a young surety professional, in my agency’s office. We were discussing the changes in the way business was happening during the initial COVID pandemic period, and I related how we are in a relationship business and how much I missed seeing some of our accounts and our surety company representatives. Seizing on that sense of shared experience and community has always been a source of strength and progress for me and an aspect of the business that I cherish.
The same is true of NASBP. We are a dedicated community of surety and allied professionals who care deeply about the industry and our respective clients, the surety stakeholders, as demonstrated through our shared commitment to NASBP. Such caring fuels our volunteerism and our desire to network with each other, whether virtually or in person, to create lasting connections. The pandemic certainly made such efforts more difficult, but, as evidenced in these pages, caring for and devotion to suretyship never diminished, regardless of remote environments and unusual circumstances. I also am proud that, despite considerable challenges and uncertainties, NASBP was able to outline appropriate health and safety protocols and to host successful in-person events, notably the Summer Session of the William J. Angell Surety School, the East and West Meetings, and the Midyear Meeting.
On subsequent pages, NASBP’s accomplishments this year are highlighted and organized in “better together” pairings. I hope these pairings help to further illuminate the importance of your investment in NASBP membership and the considerable dividend that it pays in sustaining and advancing our surety community!
NASBP President (2021-2022)