THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE AMAZING THINGS HAPPEN
My last President’s message closed with this admonition:
“It's a good time to recognize the people we work with who… make amazing things happen but often don’t get the credit they deserve.” As it turns out, some jury in Washington, DC was channeling exactly that sentiment…
I’m exceedingly proud to report that our own Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, has been awarded the 2018 AIA Council of Architectural Component Executives DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD.
The certificate spells it out:
In recognition of her unselfish contributions to members and the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) for strengthening the reputation of the local and state components through her leadership on numerous AIA national committees and regulatory and legislative accomplishments. Her intense dedication to CACE was most apparent in her service on the CACE Executive Committee as President for two consecutive years and the AIA National Board of Directors where she fostered with consummate grace and dignity increased respect for CACE. Although deservedly honored for her national leadership, she has applied herself with equal diligence and commitment to elevate the reputation and welfare of Arizona chapters, inspiring the members and the community at large to be both advocates and beneficiaries of the power of design.
In the several years I have worked with Tina, and especially as state president, I have been moved and empowered by her incredible wisdom, unselfish dedication to our profession, and unparalleled support. Nevertheless, I sense we have no idea how good we have it, and that—I believe—is as Tina intends it.
Because my father was an executive secretary who worked at the pleasure of a volunteer board for a non-profit organization, I fancy that I have a privileged view behind the curtain. One of the things I most admire about Tina is her candor and knowing exactly where she stands on any given issue, but, the more carefully I look, the more I appreciate just how good she is. I think I recognize how often Tina suppresses her decades of experience in order to work in deference and support of AIA’s volunteer leaders—but, the more I get to know her, the more I realize how much I miss. She is a consummate professional and a selfless servant to our organization.
AIA runs under the passions and guidance of its members, but—honestly--nothing would really get done without our devoted staff who, under Tina’s leadership, serve us unselfishly and unfailingly. Join me, please, in congratulating Tina Litteral, Hon. AIA, with whom it is truly an honor to work."
Robert Miller, AIA
2018 AIA AZ President