NAGARA Captivates in Michigan

07/29/2016 12:00 am

Jim Macmillan, ASI VP of Sales 

I've been to many conferences over the years and attended numerous presentations. Few speeches have been as captivating as the one I had the pleasure to hear during the recent NAGARA Annual Conference held on July 13th-16th in Lansing, Michigan. It was given by Lieutenant Governor of Michigan Brian Calley as part of the conference's Wednesday welcome reception and truly embodied the theme for this year's event, "on the trail of information."

I've been to many conferences over the years and attended numerous presentations. Few speeches have been as captivating as the one I had the pleasure to hear during the recent NAGARA Annual Conference held on July 13th-16th in Lansing, Michigan. It was given by Lieutenant Governor of Michigan Brian Calley as part of the conference's Wednesday welcome reception and truly embodied the theme for this year's event, "on the trail of information."

Lieutenant Governor Calley recounted how, at the age of 16, he wrote to President Gerald Ford, the only president from Michigan, so there were obvious synergies. In his letter, Calley naively asked for time in President Ford's schedule to discuss his own aspirations of having a career in politics! No surprise that he didn't get the audience, but he did get a letter of encouragement which he later framed. Fast forward, many years later when, during a conversation with some colleagues, Calley was recounting the story about his letter and the subsequent letter he received. Unbeknownst to him, an aid to the president located his original letter to President Ford. He even went the extra step to mail it back to Calley for the purposes of nostalgia.

Calley cleverly tied his story to the importance of records retention, noting that while the medium is changing to electronic communication, retaining records should be no less important or significant. As he put it, at the time he wrote the letter, it didn't even occur to him to make a copy of it. Luckily, it did occur to someone, which is why he was able to share his story.

Given the many talks I've listened to over the years, this was by far, one of the most intelligent and frankly authentic stories I've heard that fit perfectly into why we were all at the conference.

The next two days continued to expand on the conference theme, with an impressive agenda of topics and industry experts. I tip my hat to NAGARA and the event organizers on putting together a truly memorable annual conference.

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