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It is again an honor and privilege to serve as President of TALEPI in this, its 24th year. Many advances have taken place since our inaugural year in 1992 and I would like to take a moment to thank those both inside and outside of the association who have been instrumental in our success. First, to all of the past Presidents, Board Officers, and senior members thank you for laying the strong foundation upon which we capitalize on each year. Second, a special thank you to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Lafayette Instrument Company, Constable David Criner, Constable Vojvodich, and Sharon Brank for their contributions in time, effort, and expertise in assisting us with another successful conference. Successful conferences so often hinge on the help we get from the membership and this year's was no different. Thank you all who have contributed.

It is with regret that we see long time Board member Janice Marshall step down. Her many years of contribution to the association have not gone unnoticed and we will miss her input. With that said, a very warm welcome to our new Secretary Treasurer James Fontenot. Jim's long time membership will certainly be an asset for us all. Welcome, Jim.

As many of you who attended this year's conference have probably noticed, our membership numbers have increased. This year represents the second straight increase in membership, having about 120 attendees. This represents a significant increase in our numbers and your Board deserves the credit for again bringing in top notch instructors and providing high quality polygraph training.

As we look toward 2016 and begin the celebration of our 25th year, we will be making every effort to improve the training, conference, and events to truly make next year's conference the best it has ever been and consistent with celebrating 25 years as the premier professional association for polygraph in Texas. The 2016 TALEPI Conference is set for the week of July 24-29, 2016 at the San Marcos Convention Center/Embassy Suites. Registration for the anniversary conference will open sooner, hotel reservations will have a suspense date, and there will be many more changes to streamline the registration process. Please look to the web page for details because as they emerge, we will be posting them on the page.

In closing, I want to take a final moment and outline the goals/vision of objectives for the Board and the Association in the next two years:

  1. Continue to maintain the increased and long term economic sustainability of TALEPI.
  2. Provide the highest quality training and professionally deliver relevant education to the membership.
  3. Provide non-profit management and leadership training to the Board.
  4. Continue the increased growth in the membership.
  5. Conduct a complete legal, analytical, and strategic review of the by-laws, policies, and organizational customs with an eye toward modernization and improvement.
  6. Establish, build, and maintain a scholarship fund for the children of members.
  7. Establish working committees and appoint Chairpersons in the areas of Membership, Legislative, Quality Assurance, and Continuous Improvement.

Again, thank you for your confidence and trust in my leadership as we work toward our objectives in the coming years. Thank you for your ideas, suggestions, and feedback as well as your continued hard work and support in making TALEPI the best professional association in Texas.

Robert Young





2016 Training Conference

July 25 - 29, 2016

San Marcos, TX

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