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It is my honor and pleasure to serve as the Executive Director of CBI. As the Executive Director, my primary responsibility is annual convention. Since we just wrapped up the convention on Saturday, I wanted to take out a moment to give you a preliminary post-convention report.

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Will Robedee, CBI Executive Director

The convention exceeded CBI’s expectations in a number of ways.

• Attendance exceed that of last year by roughly 24 percent.

• CBI  increased the number or sessions available to you each hour and as result offered more sessions throughout the conference on great topics. The attendance numbers for not only registration and sessions are also up again this year, which means that we’re doing something right.

CBI expects this trend to continue, but we could not do this without your support.

• CBI partnered with NPR and NPR members to bring back the Next Generation Radio Project which received an overwhelming response from applicants. Results are available at askcbi.org/nextgeneration. Take a look and listen.  I think you will be impressed with the quality of the productions.

• The CBI National Student Production Awards Ceremony continues to grow as a prestigious competition.  There were close to 900 entries this year.  We congratulate both the finalists and winners in the production awards.  Each of you are winners whether you took home the top prize or not.  The CBI awards are becoming more and more competitive and the fact that your submission was recognized as a finalist or winner should not be left off your resume.

Students should look at the finalists and award winners for examples of how they can improve and enhance their productions.

I will close by asking you to help CBI make the 2015 convention even better. Students, advisers and others are highly encouraged to submit session proposals. CBI will begin to accept proposals around July 1 of next year. Please feel free to bounce off session ideas to me, our VP, Herb Dunmore and also with one another via the List serv. The final cut-off date for session proposals will be September 1.

CBI and I personally thank you for your support, but we also welcome your feedback for improvements. We know that there is room for improvement, so we want to make the conference even better. If you attended the convention, you can help us by completing the post-convention survey at http://askcbi.org/seattle/survey/.

Until next time, I remain your humble Executive Director who wants to hear from you.