Following four days of education and networking at the ACA International Annual Convention in Hollywood, Fla., ACA members gathered on Friday night for a party. The President’s Closing Celebration gave attendees the opportunity to celebrate achievements of the past year, look forward to the opportunities ahead and honor new ACA President Tom Stockton.
The evening’s festivities included formal induction of ACA’s 2012/13 officers by ACA Past President Vic York. After his installation as 2012/13 ACA president, Stockton thanked his family, friends and staff, as well as ACA members, officers and staff. Earlier in the day, he called on members to get more involved in four ways:
- Actively particpate in state units.
- Actively participate in efforts to influence policymakers by attending fly-ins, meeting with representatives and conveying the industry’s story to elected officials.
- Support ACPAC, the ACA Education Foundation and the Legal Fund.
- Continue to be vigilant and compliant with not just the letter of the law, but the spirit of the law.
“The challenges we face present opportunities,” Stockton said. “I am both proud and humble to serve the members of this association.”
The evening’s festivities also included a short video from Stockton’s family and letters of congratulations from Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), read by ACA Past President Jay Gonsalves, who emceed the event.
The celebration wrapped up with a concert by R&B legends The Spinners. The group’s performance included many of their hits, including “Rubberband Man,” “Working My Way Back to You” and “Games People Play.”