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Dear AATB members,

This fall was a busy time for us here at the AATB home office. In addition to our regular activities and continued work to implement our three-year strategic plan, we also hosted our 41st Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, and our second annual Emerging Leaders Program in Alexandria, Virginia.

2017 Annual Meeting
I would like to thank everyone who joined us in Orlando for the Annual Meeting. We had more than 700 attendees participate in this year’s meeting and the overall “buzz” was terrific.

Thanks to the great work of the Program Committee, we were extremely pleased to be able to provide attendees with a great deal of new and valuable information. In fact, 90 percent of the content presented at the Annual Meeting this year was original content. You can read more about this year’s meeting in the 2017 Annual Meeting Highlights article included in this newsletter.

Thanks also to all those attendees who filled out the Annual Meeting survey. Your feedback will be invaluable as we plan for future meetings.

Don’t Forget to SAVE-the-DATE
We hope to see everyone in Dallas next year for our 42nd Annual Meeting, Oct. 9–12, 2018.

Emerging Leaders Program
In October, the AATB held the second annual Emerging Leaders Program. This program is designed to prepare high-potential leaders from all segments of the tissue banking community to take on increasing levels of responsibility and to handle both challenges and opportunities inherent in their future roles in the industry. You can learn more about this program in the Emerging Leaders Program article included in this newsletter.

Interactive Online Standards
We are also pleased to announce that, in response to member demand, an interactive, online version of the 14th Edition of the Standards for Tissue Banking is now available in the AATB Portal. This interactive version provides instant, searchable access to the Standards on your Mac, PC, tablet, and mobile devices. It will also allow you to print specific sections of the standards that are date- and time-stamped for accuracy.

Thank You!
It has been another great year at the AATB, and we’re looking forward to working with you to continue our momentum into 2018 and beyond.
As we reflect on the past year, I’d like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of our members for the work that you do, both for donor families and recipients. We really appreciate your dedication and commitment to your profession and to the AATB, and we want to acknowledge how important your contributions are to the families and communities you serve.

On behalf of the AATB staff and Board of Governors, I hope you all have a relaxing, healthy, and prosperous holiday season and are able to enjoy time with friends and family.

With Gratitude and Appreciation,

Frank S. Wilton
President & Chief Executive Officer

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