Adam Meyerson did another stellar job as Master of Ceremonies at the 2015 BIG Convention. As our General Session began and we welcomed Keynote Speaker Mike Stromsoe, Meyerson began with an eloquent, heartfelt speech about what an association stands for and it means to be part of a group. For those of you unable to attend this year’s convention or the general session, we thought you might like to read the words yourself:

“According to the Webster’s dictionary, the word “community” is defined as “a group of individuals associated by common interests or heritage.” In our case, our common heritage is our industry. Some of us have been in this industry for quite some time, and while others, who have just joined our illustrious clan, I bid you welcome.

“Our community is a tightly knit blanket comprised of threads of all different colors, shapes, & sizes, and it’s those threads that have made this community so unbelievably unique. It is a very scary world we live in. With earthquakes overseas & riots in our own backyard, the only way for any community to survive, is for it to stick together, and fight for its survival. Sometimes, one person yelling at the top of their lungs is no louder than a single water droplet falling in middle of a giant lake, but multiply that droplet by a thousand, ten thousand, or one-million, and things start to change drastically & dramatically.

To read the rest of this outstanding tribute, check the May/June issue of BIG Times Magazine on the BIG website (

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