by John Markese
Well, after a quarter century at AAII (somehow that sounds a lot longer than 25 years), I will be retiring at the end of September. I started full-time at AAII in 1985, on leave from a university teaching position in finance, and before that I helped out at the Association starting in 1981. Working with Jim Cloonan on the AAII mission of investor education was fulfilling from the start and after countless articles, seminars, books, guides and national meetings, my enthusiasm for AAII’s mission is as strong as ever. Unbiased investment education, information and research are always invaluable for the individual investor, but particularly so in times of market turmoil. There is simply no effective substitute for informed, reasoned and rational investment decisions.
John Bajkowski, vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII, is taking over my role and responsibilities as president. I have worked with John for many years and he has my utmost confidence. Many of you are already familiar with John through his AAII Journal articles and his presentations at local chapters and our national meetings. John thoroughly understands and supports AAII’s educational mission and goals and he has all the knowledge and experience to lead AAII forward.
My thanks and appreciation to Jim Cloonan, the AAII staff, local chapter leaders and all AAII members for your support and commitment all these years. I hope that in some way I have helped you to achieve your financial goals and aspirations.