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LETTER FROM THE BY SHERRI VOGLER, HOUSTON MEDICAL TESTING SERVICES CHAIRMAN Acknowledge, Honor and Connect


Wow! It gives me great pleasure to speak to you in this letter about our great DATIA Annual Conference!


exhibitors and 80 booths, 28 educational sessions and 239 unique users on the DATIA app. Tis event was a culmination of an enormous collective effort, which began two years ago when Las Vegas was chosen for the site of our 2016 Annual Conference. A big thank you goes out to Laura Shelton, DATIA’s Executive Director, and her outstanding management team that planned and then worked tirelessly behind the scenes to orchestrate a near perfect conference. DATIA’s Board of Directors has done and continues to do an excellent job of chairing commitees that helped execute the conference. And, as always, a special thanks goes to the sponsors and exhibitors that made this conference financially possible. So, if you were not able to join us this year in Las Vegas, start planning ahead to be with us in Orlando, FL in 2017. Te planning by DATIA Management for next year’s conference is moving full steam ahead! Our keynote speaker, Mark Scharenbroich,


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set the tone for this year’s conference with “Nice Bike—Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life.” His topic seemed especially appropriate and inspiring for our atendees. In the forward of his book, he wrote, “One of the highest compliments we can give another person is that we really connected with them. Tat’s because we long for meaningful connections with others. I believe we are designed to be relational, and the quality of our connections largely defines the quality of our lives.” As a special giſt aſter his keynote speech, each atendee received a copy of Mark’s book to take home and enjoy. Again this year, DATIA’s education


sessions reached new heights of excellence. Many atendees commented to me that the value of these sessions in running and growing their businesses was immeasurable. Appreciation was expressed by all for Patrice Kelly, Acting Director of the Office


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ur conference in Las Vegas set all kinds of records for DATIA. Tere were 834 total atendees, 71


of Drug and Alcohol Compliance, and all of the DOT program managers for being at the conference to educate members, as well as making themselves available to answer questions and provide guidance. We’d also like to extend a huge thank you to Charles LoDico from HHS, who provided atendees with comprehensive information regarding complying with HHS drug and alcohol regulations, and information on recent regulatory changes. Te relevance of our educational session topics, such as: state drug testing laws, creating memorable customer experiences, how marijuana is changing the legal landscape, collection site compliance, background screening, and keys to using eCCFs, honestly made it very hard to choose during the concurrent sessions! As I said in my opening speech of the


conference, I believe each of us gets out of any group that we join what we put into it. Terefore, I encourage each of you as DATIA members to get more involved in our organization. My promise to you as your new chairman is to listen to the needs and desires of our members. It is my goal for your membership in DATIA to be of abundant value to you and your business. One way we can communicate with each


other is through our annual membership survey. Every member will receive this survey in their email by the end of the year. I am optimistic that you will answer it thoughtfully and let us know what is important to you. Tese answers will be our guiding principles of action in the coming year. As Mark Scharenbroich says in his book, “Te power of the two words ‘Nice Bike’ derives from three powerful actions: Acknowledge, honor and connect.” Tis is what I hope to achieve with our members during my tenure as your chairman of DATIA. ❚


Nice Bike!


Sherri Vogler DATIA Chairman


summer 2016


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