August 2014

Messages from the the outgoing and incoming Chairs

Glancing Back

jennifercohan newAs the old saying goes, time flies when you are having fun! It is hard to believe that I am coming to the end of my year as AAMVA Chair of the Board. It has been a wonderful experience and one interesting adventure. Looking back at some of my favorite parts of the last year, I think the highlight would definitely be working closely with the AAMVA staff. I did not anticipate that the CEO would retire during my term, but it afforded me the opportunity to get to know some of the amazingly talented employees at AAMVA.

Another highlight of my term was being able to attend all of the regional conferences. While the issues the regions face are all very similar, it was very interesting and enlightening to see and participate in the dialogue surrounding the varied topics. I would strongly encourage my colleagues to attend regional conferences that are outside of their own regions to be able to have a similar experience.

Getting the AAMVA Leadership Academy approved was also a highlight for me during my year as chair and something that I know Mark Lowe, incoming Chair, will continue to strongly support during his term. The forward momentum on our strategic plan is also something that I consider an accomplishment: We truly have a solid plan that will take the organization into the future with a strong foundation focused on safety and security. We also made great progress with our State to State verification service and our Driver License Data Verification service, which are both imperative to ensuring identity verification and security of the credentials that we issue as jurisdictions.

It has been a great year and I want to thank all the people in our community who supported me during my term.

Jennifer Cohan

Outgoing Chair of the Board



Looking Ahead

marklowequoteI’m excited and honored to be the 2014–2015 AAMVA Chair of the Board. As you have read in “Behind the Wheel,” I want to continue the great work that Jennifer Cohan has done and continue her leadership initiative, and also begin to put AAMVA’s new strategic plan into action. Additionally, I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to interact with even more of the AAMVA community.

I think AAMVA and its members are in a unique position to improve government service and customer experience. We’re very good at information and infrastructure—as motor vehicle administrators we’ve become leaders in critical information systems that efficiently exchange and verify information, and provide security, integrity, convenience and value for customers. If we leverage our investments and expertise, we drive innovation that exceeds expectations and adds value throughout the public and private sector.

I’m humbled to serve as your leader, and I can’t wait to see what unfolds in the coming year.

Mark Lowe

Incoming Chair of the Board