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Newsroom: Board Reports

Welcome to the summary NPA Board of Directors Update Report. The NPA Board of Directors has a commitment to provide a real update of what is happening in Network Professional Association to our membership. Herein are some highlights. Please refer to your member page for more details.

The Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteer individuals continuing the daunting task of managing a volunteer association. Having enough volunteers to meet the needs of the Association is always a battle. Every board member is available for you to contact and comment. Contact us on the Director's page.

Effective July 2007, volunteers assumed the responsibility for the day-to-day basic business activities of the Association - finances, budget, customer response, audits, strategic planning. Association members are committed to helping NPA prosper. Please update your records with our contact information.

Board of Directors Meetings - Meetings held the 3rd Wednesday of the Month by conference call; agenda submissions deadline 2 days prior; send submissions and requests to attend to NPA Chairman  

On Saturday August 13, 2011 a meeting of the voting membership of the Network Professional Association was held. The purpose of this meeting was to present and discuss the propose changes to the By-laws of the Association.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 the NPA Board of Directors met by conference and web meeting. The Board of directors noting that there was no opposition to the proposed By-law change, ratified and approved the Network Professional Association By-laws v10.
Summary of membership changes:

  • Professional Member class remains unchanged, receives full benefits of the Association.
  • Community Member class, replaces member and student classes, a no cost membership class with basic member benefits.
  • Executive Member class remains unchanged, company representatives that are:

Umbrella Goals
NPA Umbrella Goals will be included as the base/core message in all NPA areas. As NPA is about the Network Computing Professional (IT Pro) and is the base of our membership, areas of focus should emphasize the interests of the IT Pro. The following 4 Goals should be reflected in every facet of NPA.

Goal: Assist the IT Pro to Managing change and fear
Examples
Areas of technology which affect the IT Pro: Cloud Computing, Social Media
Uncertainty of employment: Managing Job Change, force reductions, declining market, competition
Goal: Assist the IT Pro to Make connections
Examples
Opportunities to network: Online and Physical Meetings and Discussions
Introductions to peers and leaders: Participation in projects, discussion platforms
Goal: Assist the IT Pro to Grow Skills
Examples
Build leadership: Volunteer to lead events, Represent NPA in the community
Voice Opinions: Articles, Posts
Education: 24 hours in the cloud
Goal: Assist the IT Pro to Gain Recognition
Examples
Leadership opportunities: Awards, Authorship

Target Tasks
 NPJ – The NPA Journal – an ongoing NPA publication – lead by Mark Smed to build on content and advertising.
Awards for Professionalism – lead by Richard Kelley to produce the 2012 event
CNPCertified Network Professional, the professional international network designation for Network Information Technology (IT) professionals -  lead by Barry Sellers.
Web Meetings – November 2011 begin with member meetings on the web – lead by Rahul Nathan
Refresh NPA Web Content – NPA web content builders; analyze current offering; develop plan to refresh the NPA web content.


What are the member, sponsor and partner opportunities with the NPA? The Network Professional Association is for and by network computing professionals. NPA invites people and companies in all the trades of network computing to associate themselves with the NPA.

The most popular participation is as an NPA member –

Professional ($125 US per year) Professional membership recieve the highest level of membership benefits. These individuals are interested in advancing the purposes of the Association; Willing to subscribe to the By-laws and Policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Willing to sign the Association’s membership agreement, if any; Willing to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics; Are current in the payment of their membership dues; In possession of a measure of advanced competency in the area specifically related to the computer networking industry in particular but not limited to:
• Holds a valid and current certification specifically related to the computer networking industry, where the certification requires one or more exams,
• Has two or more years of specific computer networking industry experience,
• Holds an education of higher learning degree,
• Recognized person of influence in the area of computer networking.

Member ($0 US per year) The (basic) membership of the Association consists of persons that are: Interested in advancing the purposes of the Association; Willing to subscribe to the By-laws and Policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Willing to sign the Association’s membership agreement. if any; Willing to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics; Are involved in the advancement of Information Technology Community in particular but not limited to:
• In progress of obtaining a valid certification, specifically related to the computer networking industry,
• Employed in the network industry,
• Currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution or technical, private school,
• Distributer, processor or provider to the computer networking industry or its customers.

Executive ($1,000 per year) Executive members consist of companies doing business in the network industry. Corporate members support the ideal of ethics and professionalism. The professional membership of the Association shall consist of company representatives that are: Interested in advancing the purposes of the Association; Willing to subscribe to the By-laws and Policies adopted by the Board of Directors; Willing to sign the Association’s membership agreement, if any; Willing to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics; Current in the payment of their membership dues; Are companies doing business in the computer networking industry.


NPA also offers packages of memberships to assist companies with the focusing their IT employees on the values of ethics and professionalism:

Employer Sponsored Membership (# of Professionals/Rate:  5/$ 750   10/$ 1,400  15/$ 2.025  20/$ 2,640  25/$ 3,225  50/$ 6,000  100/$11,000) Provides professional association membership to eligible professional staff.  Individuals are listed as NPA members while sponsored by the Company.  Company assigns and retains transferable NPA membership for employees. NPA will provide a single invoice to the Company. Purchase orders accepted.

For companies looking to support the mission of the NPA and to develop market presence with NPA members, consider local sponsor programs and association partner programs. Sponsor and Partner agreements are configured to meet the specific goals of the NPA and partner:

Local Sponsor: Each NPA chapter offers sponsor opportunities to produce local events and meetings. These opportunities range from single events to full participation in the annual calendar. While sponsorship does not include member status the two may be combined.

NPA Partner Program

Strategic Partner
 An individual and specialized partnership, reserved for publishing partners and others that truly will support 'professionalism' over product and technical education. A Strategic Partner will campaign with the NPA for higher levels of professionalism and includes an advisory position to NPA.

Enterprise Partner
Provides for a sector of the NPA web site dedicated to your product, information, and service to network professionals. Enterprise Partner status includes recognition and advertising by NPA in web, newsletter and events including email communications to NPA lists.

Premier Partner   $10,000
Supporting Partner   $2,500/$5,000
Partner status includes recognition and advertising by NPA in web, newsletter and events including email communications to NPA lists.


NPA wants to recognize you!  Fellows Program - Designed to provide special recognition for the deserving, the “Distinguished Fellow” is for elite, outstanding, prominent, and distinguished professionals in the networking industry sector with an estimated size of 50 million IT workers in more than 100 countries. The networking industry is the largest and is all-encompassing including the: internet, mobile computing, telecommunications, security, networking, business continuity/disaster recovery, interoperability, IT and corporate governance, privacy/identity, and software/web development. 

The “Distinguished Fellow” is the Network Professional Association’s recognition of the elite professional. So what does it mean to be a “Distinguished Fellow” member, what is their role, what type of people become a “Distinguished Fellow”?

Distinguished Fellows (DFs) are chosen based upon outstanding demonstration of Professionalism, Service, Contribution, or Leadership. They are the Global “Hall of Fame” of the Network Computing Industry and Profession. Once selected you join the International College of Distinguished Fellows founded by the NPA. You serve on the NPA Distinguished Fellows Board. Fellows are strong advocates of the Networking Profession and Professionalism. And they promote sustained Service, Contribution and Leadership advocating Professionalism which is the guiding mission of the NPA.

Distinguished Fellows are diverse, leaders, and experienced and support the mission of the NPA. The Distinguished Fellows category requires membership in the NPA.

Once an elite networking professional becomes a “Fellow”, they are authorized to use the DF/NPA or DFNPA designation after their names as a Mark of Distinction. The designation represents “Distinguished Fellow, Network Professional Association.” And the designation may be used on corporate web sites, letterhead, business cards, in your signature block, and for all communications.

Fellows are a class above in the IT profession and Industry, demonstrating professionalism in service, contribution or leadership of network computing and in advocating the role and purpose of the association, the NPA. Requests for consideration for Distinguished Fellow should be directed to membershipservices@npa.org

James Belasco
Board of Directors, Chairman
Network Professional Association

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