Written by Nathalia Bailey
The 2016-2017 year came to a close last night at Ad 2 Orlando’s End of Year Celebration. Many friends were made, careers advanced and conversations enjoyed as members gathered over beer and wine at Ten 10 Brewing Company in Ivanhoe Village.
Board members reminisced on the challenges and successes of the year. Co-President Marissa Curran made a big move to Texas just a few months before her term was up, leaving Co-President Rebekah Bouch to take the reigns. Luckily, she had plenty of help from her friends. Several key board members stepped up to fill the void, including Helenn Bustillo, Michael Gualandri, Nick Olko, Karina Ross, and Alicia Abbott. All were honored with awards by a “really” appreciative Rebekah.
Yet, everyone contributed to the wins the board made at the Ad 2 National Conference this past June. Our Orlando chapter claimed several victories, including prizes in Diversity, Communications, Club Operations, Government Relations and Education. Not to mention our 2nd place win for our Public Service campaign for Tech Sassy Girls.
With the year at an end and a new year unfolding, Rebekah passed the gavel to new Co-Presidents Erin Pearlman and Ralphy Perez. Erin and Ralphy, having served as Vice-Presidents for the past year, are primed and ready to take the lead. They slide naturally into their new roles, their enthusiasm and support of Ad 2’s mission obvious in their inaugural statement and in their interactions with all members.
Moving forward, Ad 2 Orlando has it’s eye on the prize. Members are busy hatching innovative ideas for this coming year, the passion for the work ahead is clear. Members are all in, looking forward to a new year of new friends, new challenges and new impact.