The impending departure of the staff chief at the Association of Commerce and Industry offers opportunity to ACI and the state.
New blood and new people are needed. The older baby boomers need to step aside.
But for whom? That is the troubling question. After all, how are we going to create the enormous changes we need in our state without new ideas and probably very different ideas?
If the task is going to fall to an organization, the Association of Commerce and Industry, by definition of its name if nothing else, is the statewide organization. The name is not linked to geography, a business segment or any people demographics.
Any claims otherwise notwithstanding, the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce is only Albuquerque and not all of Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce has carved a role. NAIOP takes a broad view, but is an organization of commercial real estate developers.
ACI offers a unique capability of creating a statewide dialogue about the New Mexico situation and dilemma.
OK, how? A number of people close to ACI provided background for this column. None are executive committee members.
ACI is “member driven,” it says.
Not exactly. In professional organizations, the person with the hands on the wheel, the person really driving, is the staff director.