May 16, 2014 Meeting Minutes

TACA Quarterly Board Meeting

Friday 16 May 2014



A board meeting with the new officers was called to order by President Jeff Sharp at 10:57 am following the Annual General Meeting at the Clarion Inns & Suites in Murfreesboro.  Jeff thanked everyone for all the board had done during his term as President.  Jeff gave the gavel to Travis Kincade and became the Past President at 11:05 am.  Jeff was then presented with a plaque showing appreciation for the excellent job he has done as President for the past two years of his term.

The new President, Travis Kincade, opened the floor for new business and discussion.  Jimmy Jennings opened the discussion of our change of venue from the Clarion in Murfreesboro in 2015 to a location in Franklin, Tennessee.  Jimmy Jennings, Nora Smith and Michael Bartlett afforded details on the pros and cons of the relocation before the new Board of Directors.  William Barker stated he recalled a time when TACA had a conference attendance of over 250 people at MTSU and how the attendance has gone as low as 35 to 40 attendees.  Jimmy Jennings proposed he gather projected costs for a move to the new facility.  Ryan Shanklin made a motion to relocate the 2015 TACA Conference to Franklin and have our upcoming August quarterly board meeting at the chosen hotel in order to inspect the facility.  Randy Groce seconded the motion and the vote passed 12 to 1.  Travis Kincade stated he appreciated the support of Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Departments’ sixteen years of hosting the Annual TACA Conference and suggested that when MFRD builds their new training facility, we move back to Murfreesboro at least during the first year, to evaluate a possible return to Murfreesboro at that time.

The polo shirts for the 2015 Conference will be orange and Bill Garner obtained everyones’ sizes for the new and existing board members.  Bill will have the shirts available at the August meeting.

Past President Jeff Sharp requested Secretary Michael Bartlett prepare a thumb drive or disc of all the previous two years (2012 through 2014) board meeting minutes and notes for the Past President, President Travis Kincade, Attorney Art McClelland and the Secretary’s files.

The next scheduled Board Meeting will be conducted at the Music Road Convention Center during the IAAI Conference on Wednesday 6 August 2014 at 5:00 pm.

Bill Garner made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 11:44 am.  The motion was seconded by Josh Sanders and the vote carried.