Strategic Plan Underway
The Arabian Horse Association (AHA) has hired Management Advisors,
Inc., Greenwood Village, Colo., to assist with the development of
a strategic plan and governance study for the new AHA. The consulting
group was hired as part of the Merger Agreement that created AHA
by combining the Arabian Horse Registry of America, Inc. and the
International Arabian Horse Association.
VII of the Merger Agreement states that AHA "shall retain one
or more firms to conduct an independent governance study and develop
a strategic plan in order to determine the best governance structure
for Arabian Horse Association."
is extremely significant and will have a far-reaching and positive
impact on the Arabian horse industry," says AHA President Bill
Hughes. "We hope that all members can be as forthcoming as
possible with whatever questions are asked," says AHA Vice
President Bob Fauls. "We need this information to become more
effective at representing the needs of our customers."
Advisors, Inc. has begun the process already by conducting in-depth
interviews with AHA staff members. They will also seek input through
surveys and interviews with current and past members as well as
those involved with committees, commissions and specific disciplines.
They will lead a focus group with the AHA Board of Directors at
the May board meeting and deliver a final report at the August board
meeting. Recommendations regarding governance changes will be brought
to the Board of Directors for discussion and evaluation and to the
convention delegates for approval no later than the 2004 convention
and possibly earlier.
Governance Committee, which evolved from the Mediation Team that
negotiated the merger, is composed of Bill Hughes, Bob Fauls, Henry
Metz, Howard Pike, Van Jacobsen, Tom Connelly, Alan Sankpill and
Barbara Burck. They will oversee the project and receive periodic
reports from the consultants. The Committee will conduct conference
calls every two weeks to monitor the process and will use broadcast
e-mails, letters, press releases and Arabian Horse Magazine to keep
the Arabian horse community informed.
Advisors, Inc is a Denver-based management consulting firm founded
in 1983. Prior clients served include the Colorado Association of
Realtors, Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses, American
Animal Hospital Association and National Endowment for Financial
is a 40,000 member equine association that registers and maintains
a database of more then one million Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian
horses. It administers more than $4 million in annual prize money,
produces national events, maintains official event records, recognizes
more than 400 Arabian horse shows and distance rides and provides
activities and programs that promote breeding and ownership. For
information about Arabian, Half-Arabian and Anglo-Arabian horses,
call 303-696-4500, e-mail info@ArabianHorses.org
or visit www.ArabianHorses.org.