Mark Lowe Checking with Chair

JUNE 2015


It’s been a very busy couple of months for Chair of the AAMVA Board of Directors, Mark Lowe, and things aren’t about to slow down. In fact, Lowe’s ready to kick things into high gear this summer, with plenty of conferences and meetings to travel to, and of course, the Annual International Conference which will close out his year as Chair.  “Since the April Board meeting, I came back to Arlington, and we had a second round of the Leadership Academy, which was terrific. Then we had a child graduate so I missed the IRP annual meeting, but now I’m in Park City, Utah for the Region IV Conference, which has been spectacular,” says Lowe. “This is a terrific regional, very engaged group. It’s a group that knows each other very well, shares very easily, good content, spectacular location, so in addition to everyone getting really good content, everyone’s having a really good time, too. It’s been terrific. I’ll have one week at home, then Anne Ferro and I are both going to CCMTA in White Horse, Yukon. After that, I’ll be at Region II in Montgomery, Alabama, then Region I in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Then it’s Des Moines – August 25-27 for the International Conference.”

And Lowe says there is plenty to get excited about at the Annual International Conference. “For fun stuff, with it being Iowa and the state fair just wrapping up, we’ll have a state fair theme. I think there’s going to be a lot of corn on the cob, there’s going to be a lot of good food, we’re planning on events like dunk tanks and corn hole games and some other charity events that are going to be fun. We also have a health thing we’re working on for one morning – a fitness run, or run/walk, something like that. We’ve been working with AAMVA staff really closely to come up with some powerful agenda content. “

While attendees at the Annual International Conference will have plenty to do between the packed agenda of sessions and the fun networking events, the AIC will also help raise funds for a group that is very close to our Chair’s heart. “This year’s charity is Special Olympics. Actually, Special Olympics has been a charitable focus for our Motor Vehicle Division for some time, especially through our motor vehicle enforcement,” says Lowe. “We’ve always had a close working connection with them, and so that’s why it was an easy choice for us.”

And while it might be hard to reflect back on the past year while he’s in the middle of such a jam-packed summer, Lowe says he’s been able to witness first hand how valuable the connections AAMVA fosters are to its members. “One - it went really fast! Two – the strength of AAMVA is in its community, and it’s really interesting to see the different regions and how they interact. They all do it a little bit differently, but they all do it very effectively. They all really learn a lot from each other and I think we all prosper because of it. I don’t know if I’ve learned something new, because I always knew that, but I think it really confirmed it in very specific ways and in very interesting ways.”