The Association Navigator Blog is back. It’s been nearly three months since my last post, but I’m back and I’m picking up the tempo. I’m getting re-started with updates about Spring Hill College and our new offices at Verto Solutions.
First, Spring Hill College. I was appointed last week to Spring Hill College’s National Alumni Association Board (NAAB). The Alumni Board includes alumni leaders from around the country who serve as advocates for the College in their communities. I received a BA in English from Spring Hill in 1987. I try to be an active alumnus, but until now this just meant attending DC receptions. I’ve been looking for a way to increase my involvement and hopefully this is it. Monde Donaldson with the Alumni office recognized that I was a good candidate to put some energy into helping this great school.
Spring Hill College is a liberal arts school located in my hometown, Mobile, Alabama. It’s the oldest college in Alabama, the first Catholic college in the Southeast, and the third oldest Jesuit college in the United States. There are about 1,300 students – more than half of them are from outside Alabama, and the current freshman class is the largest first year class in the school’s history. It is fast becoming the premiere Jesuit college in the South.
The challenges faced by small schools like Spring Hill were highlighted this weekend in the Wall Street Journal.
I’m looking forward to getting reacquainted with the school and helping them with their recruiting efforts. I attended Spring Hill initially because of a leadership scholarship awarded to local student leaders; I stayed at Spring Hill because of the environment – great students and dedicated teachers.
Verto Solutions and Verto Legal Solutions moved into brand new offices in Washington just two weeks ago. The new suite at 1101 17th Street N.W. is 2 blocks north of the old space, and it’s larger, more comfortable, more modern, and hopefully more inspiring to the team. We now have more than 10,000 square feet of offices and conference facilities. The new space gives us room to grow.
The office move was a huge effort and the entire process took more than a year. Finding the new location, negotiating the lease, designing, furnishing, wiring the space, and moving, was an enormous project. Everyone at Verto worked extra hard over the past month, with incredible efforts from my partners, Christie Harman and Sean Taylor, and our Director of Finance & Administration Sue Knudsen. Critical support from outside Verto was provided by the brokers from CBRE, the design architects from Wingate Hughes, the construction management team at James G. Davis Construction, and technology support from Ntiva. We’re planning a holiday open house, but please let me know whenever you can stop by for a visit.