It is no secret by now that IACREOT has been in discussions with NACRC about a possible merger. But what does this mean? In practical terms it means that we recognize that in order for the industry to grow and thrive it is becoming increasingly important to find alliances with organizations.
Both organizations are remarkably similar - both are 501 (c)(6) organizations, both have similar membership make up, both have nearly the same number of members and both have the same goals - to offer quality training and promote the industry through similar means.
No one from either organization believes this will be an easy task. To be sure, there are many details that need to be addressed during the discussions. But if we do not pursue this as a possibility we are discounting what the trends are telling us - that a unified and combined organization will only benefit the members and potentially attract new members as a result - culminating in a stronger organization.
So what's next? There are hardworking volunteers on both sides moving through the minutia in order to cover every aspect of a potential merger. Is this a done deal? Not by a long shot - that cannot take place until a vote takes place among the full membership, from both organizations. With the hard work from the various committees we hope to continue down the path of bringing it before the membership in 2015 - but there's still much to be done - we will continue to keep you informed of our progress.