Chairman's Chatter - Mike Arnold, ISPE International Board of Directors Chair

As we approach the end of 2016, we begin to prepare for the various holidays we celebrate around the world.  It is truly a time to enjoy our family and friends and to reflect upon our accomplishments throughout 2016. On Thursday, November 24th here in the USA, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. This is a time when family members gather around the dinner table and talk about one or two things for which they are thankful. It seems fitting that I share with you some thoughts on what our ISPE family is thankful for.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, John Bournas, and the ISPE Staff, I extend a sincere thank you to our volunteers. As a volunteer you contribute a considerable amount of personal time for the benefit of ISPE and the pharmaceutical industry. You are the people we gravitate to during a time of need and without hesitation, you continue to provide us with your unwavering support. Your contribution to the development of content that benefits our training programs, global documents, and conferences is an important component of ISPE’s member value.

Additionally, you are the face of ISPE to the pharmaceutical industry. Our respect and credibility relies heavily on that interface. To be clear, we are a premier organization because of you and we cannot tell you enough how important you are to our success!

Thank you!

Some personal notes of thanks:

John Bournas (ISPE, CEO & President) – “I am thankful for the opportunity to advocate for the provision of safe, quality medicines around the world, for every patient, every day.”

Tim Howard (International Board of Directors, Vice Chair) – “I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with such passionate volunteers and staff—for the time and resources my company invests on my behalf in supporting ISPE—for my wife and children who never complain about my time away when I’m at ISPE meetings and conferences.”

Bob Matje (International Board of Directors, Director) – “I am thankful for the collaborative, friendly, and dynamic environment that ISPE provides to allow us to better serve patients around the globe.”

Susan Obarski (ISPE Executive Project Manager) –  “I am thankful that I am able to work with dedicated individuals who invest countless hours of their time to improve the lives of patients worldwide.”

Joanne Barrick (International Board of Directors, Director) – “I am thankful for the opportunity to engage with members and volunteers with amazing technical capability, knowledge, high character, and dedication. Thank you for all you have taught me!”

Marianne Bock (ISPE Senior Program Manager, Continuing Education) – “I am so grateful for ISPE colleagues, both staff and members, who have become like family—supporting me, challenging me, and always making my work worthwhile!”


Mike Arnold - ISPE International Board of Directors Chair - Signature






By: Mike Arnold, ISPE International Board of Directors Chair