President's Message



NASBP with Passion and Purpose

What an amazing time all the attendees had at our 80th Anniversary Annual Meeting & Expo in Palm Desert, CA. The meeting was a huge success—kudos to Past President and First Lady Tracy and Marla Tucker, along with their 2022 Annual Program Committee and NASBP Meeting Planning Consultant Bethany Jones on an incredible job. The venue was beautiful, the sessions were amazing, and the Affiliate sponsorships and entertainment were unparalleled. There were 23 Affiliate entertainment options Monday night! A fitting tribute to Tracy’s theme as near-record attendance proved in “pig iron under water” fashion that you all agreed that we are indeed “Better Together.”

The bold underlined italicized you all in that last line was intentional. I told Tracy at the final event Tuesday night that after a year of us hearing “y’all” and “all y’all” from our beloved Texan, membership was in for an “accent change” shock from this native Minnesotan. I pointed out that you’re going from “all y’all” to “Yah sure! You betcha!” If you’ve watched either the movie Fargo or television series of the same name, you’ll know how those words sound when spoken in my area of the country.

Joking aside, I feel the transition in themes is seamless. I shared in my speech that night my journey through my career and NASBP and how that translated into my theme of “NASBP with Passion and Purpose.” A major point to my theme is that it is not unique to my story: it is something I routinely encounter each time I attend a NASBP function and engage with other NASBP Members and Affiliates. We’re better together because we apply our passion to our purpose. There is so much to gain, personally and professionally, from active participation in the many facets of our membership.

We excel at government advocacy, professional education, industry relations, mentorship, and so much more. This is due to a highly talented staff in our Bethesda office who assist the passionate commitment from our member volunteers. We all share a passion for this industry, and that passion should extend to the purpose of serving NASBP and its many undertakings. It has truly been inspiring to witness over the years.

Our continued success hinges greatly on the necessary influx of new talent to our committees and leadership. We are looking for more passionate and purposeful surety professionals to dedicate their talents to NASBP service. I am thrilled about the number of people who reached out to me after my speech, expressing an interest in getting more involved—that’s what we need! There are some amazing things happening right now!

Looking ahead, I am excited about several things in the works, including the new Contractor Bonding Education and Mentoring Program, additional videos being added to our already impressive set of videos created for the Be Guaranteed To Succeed PR Campaign, progress with digital standards and the RiskStream Collaborative effort, continued growth in our Professional Development offerings, momentum from our recent legislative victories, and new endeavors, such as efforts we hope to initiate this year to attract new individuals to our industry.

For those of you considering getting involved, as well as those contemplating further involvement, I urge you to harness your passion for this industry and find your purpose with NASBP involvement. You can and will make a difference!

I look forward to seeing many of you at our future in-person events. We have Fall Meetings—the first to be held in Boston, MA September 21 - 23, at the Westin Boston Seaport District and the second to be held in San Antonio, TX, October 12 - 14, at the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio. We also have our Mid-Year Board Meeting November 10 - 12, to be held at the beautiful Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs, CO. In 2023 we intend to renew the in-person NASBP Legislative Fly-in to be held March 29 and 30, at the Kimpton Hotel George in Washington, DC and to finish my year as President with the NASBP Annual Meeting & Expo to be held April 30 - May 3, at the JW Marriott Marco Island at Marco Island, FL. Please enjoy your summer and God Bless!

Nick Newton is President of Newton Bonding, an AssuredPartners Agency in St. Paul, MN. He can be reached at nick@newtonbonding.com or 651.369.9946.