Chairman’s Corner 2016 Q2

Dear InfraGard Members:

As we move into 2016 and celebrate InfraGard’s 20th Anniversary, I am more excited about our future than ever! Since our start in 1996, we have grown steadily to 45,000 vetted members today.

We ended last year on a high note with an exciting, very informative Congress providing IMA leadership with tools to succeed. Director Comey once again recognized our awardees and challenged us to be diligent in our efforts to protect this great nation.

I see the INMA Board and Executive Director as facilitators, because having been the Charlotte IMA President, I appreciate that all the hard work and great accomplishments of InfraGard occur at the local level. YOU are what make this organization succeed!Gary Gardner

This year brings many positive enhancements to the program and the value of

your volunteerism!

The FBI has elevated the program oversight/sponsorship from the Cyber Division to the Directors Office. This move will allow us to leverage the cross-divisional support of all FBI programs (Cyber, Criminal, CounterIntelligence, CounterTerrorism, Crisis Management, Laboratory and Training) for greater awareness, information sharing and education.

The FBI and the INMA will roll out a new cloud-based InfraGard Portal for information sharing and collaboration between critical sectors, special interest groups and individuals.

InfraGard will expand the Sector Chief Program with organizational changes and greater central support to IMAs in conjunction with the new portal.

You are reading the exciting new addition to InfraGard, our own magazine. This offers IMAs the opportunity for revenue sharing based upon the number of YOUR members signed up to receive either the digital or hard copy — so get all your members to sign up!

Finally, we will celebrate our 20th Anniversary at our Congress this fall that will be coupled with a multi-day, multi-sector conference — stay tuned for dates and location soon.

I would like to thank the departing Board Directors/Officers, Dave Pekoske, Sheri Donahue, Faith Heikkila, Brendon Healy, and Paul Joyal, for their service and contributions.

I would also like to recognize our FBI Special Agent Coordinators; most of them have multiple jobs working cases and supporting our IMAs, so make it a point to thank them for their true partnership!

We have many committees at the national level that can benefit from your participation and perspective, so I encourage you to join the committee that your experience and energy would enhance.

Thanks for all you do and if I can be of assistance, let me know.          

Sincerely,

Gary Gardner