December 2015

A letter from AAMVA's Chair of the Board


What do you want to get out of your AAMVA membership this year? CEO Anne Ferro and I want to hear from you. While we get together to share best practices during the Workshop, committee meetings, conferences and Information Exchange, we want to keep the dialogue going all year long.

I am committed to reaching out via phone to jurisdiction agency heads to get their thoughts on the association’s effectiveness in meeting member needs. In addition, Anne and I plan to conduct quarterly conference calls with chief administrators to provide updates on AAMVA activities and field questions.

In September, I had a wonderful time visiting with staff at AAMVA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. All are enthusiastic about the new strategic framework and have a keen interest in ensuring the AAMVA community has the tools and resources needed to be successful. I offered staff the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a motor vehicle agency by visiting a Virginia DMV customer service center. Many AAMVA employees have only visited their home jurisdiction motor vehicle agencies as customers and are not fully aware of the complexity of DMV or MVA operations. We received a terrific response from employees to see firsthand the IT, enforcement and other behind-the-scenes processes. We will be reaching out to other jurisdictions hoping to provide employees exposure to more agencies.

Much of the great work being done by all of you is possible thanks to the expertise of our associate members. Anne and I have been communicating monthly with Industry Advisory Board Chair Betty Serian to discuss innovative ways to further engage our vendor community.

I am looking forward to attending the CCMTA winter board meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. During that event, I hope to solicit input from our Canadian jurisdictions on how we can further strengthen our partnership. Ensuring Canadian representation on the AAMVA international board is the goal of a bylaws amendment, recently approved by the board, and before the membership for electronic vote Oct. 1–Nov. 30.

My core focus as your chair is to make sure that every AAMVA member gets the most value out of his or her membership. It’s going to be a busy year with the Workshop and Law Institute slated for March in Cincinnati, the May Region IV Conference in Portland, Oregon, the June Region II Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, and the Annual International Conference in Williamsburg, Virginia. I invite you all to participate in all of these meetings and join us in Williamsburg Aug. 16–18, 2016, as we celebrate what I’m hoping will be a historic year.

Safe travels,

Rick Holcomb

AAMVA Chair of the Board