Welcome Address from President Jason Pugh
Happy New Year to all NOMA members, allied partners, and extended family. As we reflect on the past unprecedented year and bravely step into 2021 with optimistic fortitude, there is much to be thankful for. 2020 was undoubtedly one for the record books. Together we’ve contended a global pandemic, the resultant economic recession, divisive political rhetoric, and growing civil unrest following the senseless murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, and countless others. Our lives have been uprooted, our plans cancelled or derailed. Many Americans have lost jobs, while tragically others have lost their lives. The year 2020 was not what we had planned, and for most of us 2021 could not come soon enough. But with the new year comes anticipated change, renewed values, sharpened focus, and new opportunities.
Today marks the first day of 2021, and with it, the start of my two year term as the 34th President of NOMA. I am truly honored to serve our valued members within this leadership role, and humbled by the incredible support, encouragement and mentorship I’ve received over the years leading up to this moment.