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From the Executive Director: Board Meeting Highlights

March/April 2020 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The American Translators Association’s Board of Directors met February 8–9, 2020, in Charleston, South Carolina. The meeting followed the Board’s Annual Strategy Day. The Annual Strategy Day allows the Board to discuss in-depth aspects of the Association and the translation and interpreting professions. Strategy Day is coordinated […]

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From the Executive Director: ATA Membership: Invest in Yourself

January/February 2020 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The profession is facing some challenges. Marketplace pressures to increased regulatory activities are affecting independent contractors. ATA can help. Don’t go it alone. The new year means it’s time to renew your ATA membership. Membership renewal notices have been mailed. You can also renew online: http://www.atanet.org/membership/renew.php. In […]

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From the Executive Director: Association Health Plans Update

November/December 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org Health insurance continues to be a top concern. We often hear from members asking why ATA doesn’t offer a health insurance program. We wish we could. All associations—big and small, national and regional—are dealing with the same challenges today. Association Health Plans (AHPs) have come and gone […]

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From the Executive Director: Board Meeting Highlights

September/October 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The American Translators Association’s Board of Directors met August 3–4, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Here are some highlights from the Board meeting. Final Budget: The Board approved the July 1, 2019–June 30, 2020 final budget and the 2020–2022 draft budgets. The approved budget is $3.2 million. This […]

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From the Executive Director: Why Palm Springs and a Look at ATA’s Annual Conference

July/August 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org Planning for the Annual Conference starts immediately after the last one ends. In the planning cycle, July always marks the big reveal: the sessions and special events are online, the preliminary program is printed and available with this issue, and registration is open. ATA’s 60th Annual Conference […]

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From the Executive Director: Board Meeting Highlights and 25 Years!

May/June 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The American Translators Association’s Board of Directors met April 13–14, 2019 in Alexandria, Virginia. The Board met in conjunction with the Certification Committee and Language Chairs meetings. (Each exam language combination has a language chair administering the passage selection and graders. ATA currently offers testing in 30 […]

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From the Executive Director: Board Meeting Highlights

March/April 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The American Translators Association’s Board of Directors met February 2–3, 2019, in Austin, Texas. The meeting followed the Board’s Annual Strategy Day. The Annual Strategy Day provides an opportunity for the Board to discuss in-depth aspects of the Association and the translation and interpreting professions. Strategy Day […]

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From the Executive Director: Board Meeting Highlights

January/February 2019 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org The ATA Board of Directors met October 27–28, 2018 in conjunction with the Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Here are some highlights from the meeting. Welcome: President Corinne McKay welcomed the newly elected directors—Eve Lindemuth Bodeux and Meghan (McCallum) Konkol—and congratulated Directors Melinda Gonzalez-Hibner and Tony […]

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From the Executive Director: Advocacy and Local Legislation: See Something, Say Something

November/December 2018 Issue

From the Executive Director Walter Bacak, CAE walter@atanet.org In recent months, a few state legislatures have taken steps that could affect voluntary certification programs such as ATA’s. These are certification programs that professionals can choose to pursue, but that are not mandatory to work in a given profession. The proposals range from no longer recognizing […]

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