New Cost Society Created By Merger of Two Great Societies
I know only a small portion of the readership has heard of the International Society of Parametric Analysis (ISPA) or the Society of Cost Estimating and Analysis (SCEA) but today an important thing happened with these two groups that could have impacts to a larger audience.
Each of these groups has been dear to my heart… Each has fought to bring respect and rigor to the art and science of cost estimating. Each has given me lifetime achievement awards.
There is no way to adequately thank so many people who put their heart and soul into these two organizations.
And… I believe the merger of these two organizations will ultimately make them stronger. I am so greatful for ISPA promoting and teaching parametrics. My first ISPA meeting was in 1984. I made a lot of friends in nearly 25 years. I believe having the ISPA parametric focus in the new organization will make it stronger.
And SCEA has also brought rigor and respectability to cost estimating and analysis.
Here is their press release:
“To all SCEA and ISPA members,
It is our pleasure to announce that the membership of both SCEA and ISPA have overwhelmingly approved the merger of our two Societies. Both organizations received enough votes to reach a quorum. For ISPA, the vote was 114 in favor and 28 opposed. For SCEA it was 816 in favor and 30 opposed. Thus the affirmative votes easily eclipsed the 2/3 majority necessary for approval.
While we are excited about this important milestone in the development of a stronger professional community, much work remains to be done. Final paperwork must be filed with the State of Virginia to complete the merger process. That will be followed by the first meeting of the Interim Board of Directors on October 20th.
The focus of the Pro Tem Board will be on implementing the details of the merger agreement, planning the first ICEAA Conference in 2013 in New Orleans, and managing the election of the first full ICEAA Board of Directors. In addition, we will continue to provide all of the member and professional services you have come to expect from both ISPA and SCEA. We will be looking to you, as members of this new Association, to help carry the load.
We thank you for the support you have given us as we have worked through this process over the last year. We have had to deal with many issues and the conduct of the Boards and general members of both societies has been exemplary. We know that this has not been easy, but we also know that this merger will greatly benefit our profession. You strong vote of confidence tells us that you share in that belief.
Paul Marston, SCEA President
Andy Prince, ISPA Chairperson”
We at Galorath look forward to working with ICEAA (not sure the official pronunciation but I am inclined to call it ICE double A) and helping bring their influence to an ever increasing community.
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