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September 3, 2004

Dr. Ray Williams-Jon Bednerik

In 1995, Christopher "Kit" Menkin was the membership chairman of what is now the United Associatioin of Equipment Leasing, after serving on the committee for several years. He also served for many years as an active Regional Chair in Silicon Valley, California.

He worked with Jon Bednerik and his staff, then Dr. Ray Williams and his staff, and looks forward to the 30th anniversary reunion in Monterey.


The 1995 Western Association of Equipment Leasing Staff: (back row, left to right) Raymond Williams, Ph.D.,CAE, 1995 President Jim Merrilees, Sharon Ortiz; Front row, left to right) Estarlita Green, James Geluz, Loretta Lowe.

“1995 brings numerous changes to the WAEL Staff. Executive VP Ray Williams, PH.D., CAE, has earned a re-certification from the American Society of Association Executives.

Congratulations are in order for Sharon Ortiz. She was recently promoted to VP of Operations. This new positions puts her in charge of the day-to-day activities of the office. Formerly Director of Administration, she has been with WAEL for nearly five years.

“Additional congratulations go to Loretta Law, WAEL's Meeting Planner. She earned her Certified Meeting Planner (CMP), which is administered by Convention Liaison Counsel.

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“Estarlita Green has take on the duties of Member Services Coordinator. She has been with WAEL for almost six years.

“Finally, you may have noticed a different look to the WAEL Newsline and the other WAEL publications. WAEL welcomes Jamie Valdez-Geluz as the new Director of Publications. WAEL's media needs and working closely with membership. He intends to follow in the tradition of innovative print media for which WAEL has earned distinction.

Thursday, October 21, at the Monterey Conference will be the 30 th Anniversary Party of the formation of this association. All past presidents and executive directors have been invited, including Dr. Ray Williams, who unfortunately responded he was unable to attend:

“As always, it is great to hear from you. Can't believe it's UAEL's 30th anniversary. It seems to me the 25th was just last year. Time flies….

”I am gratified by your and Joe Woodley's invitation to join you all in Monterey. I'm always in the mood for a “lobster fest”. Certainly, the best motivation of all would be sharing those three days with good friends. So many good people.

So many fond memories.

”Unfortunately, I have a schedule conflict that compels me to decline your offer.
Please give my best to our mutual friends. I promise I will be at the 30th Anniversary ACE celebration in spirit. Please thank Joe for me. He has always been a most gracious gentleman- always an exceptional leader.

”You, too, my friend. Be well.”
Ray Williams


From our Archives:

November 20, 2000 Whatever happened to ... ? Jon Bednerik

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Executive Director
Jon Bednerik, CAE

Meeting Planner
Wendi Fong
Administrative Assistant
Esterlita Green
"The director of the
Association is West, young man. Go West."
"I've got a great idea for our next meeting-if only I could remember it." ""Good morning. This is WAEL.
Can you hold please?'
Andrew Kong Knight
Director of Publications
Julie McLean
Director of Administration
Sharon Slahucka
"I paint; therefore, I am." "Not now! I'm right in the middle of a great magazine." "Let's see... one plus one is two, two plus two is ..."-

" Jon Bednerik was a real "people person'. He was the first we hired right after being an 'in house' 'organization. Bednerik had a lot of imagination... Events and creativity was much better back then, then recently. I miss him. "

Ron Wagner

" Jon came to WAEL from the Independent Banker's Association after search committee interviewed more than 20 candidates and reviewed more than 100 resumes. Jon's strengths were his written communications and publications. If you remember the Newsline prior to Jon's tenure it was of much lower quality. Jon received a crash course in financial management during his first year at WAEL. To say we had some tough finance meetings before the BOD met is a gross understatement. The Executive Committee at the time; Ben Millerbis-Past President, Jim Possehl-President, Ron Wagner-VP and Bill Grohe-Sec-Tres held weekly conference calls and held Jon's hand as much as possible. Our Spring Conference at the Camelback was a success, but not without some significant good fortune. The Fall Seattle Conference was also successful but the chaos behind the scenes was serious hand wrenching. We were very fortunate to have hired excellent staff and the year was a positive one for WAEL but required four or five times the time and effort by the executive committee and a load of good luck."

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Jim Possehl

Western Association of Equipment Leasing ( WAEL )

WAEL NEWS LINE December, 1988

WAEL Selects New Executive Vice President

After Months of conducting an extensive nationwide search, the WAEL Management Selection Task Force recommended a twenty -year association executive, Jon C Bednerik; he was appointed by the WAEL Board of Directors to the position of Executive Vice President during a special meeting held in November.

Bednerik assumed his new post on December 5. That date marks the beginning of the transition from the long-term relationship with Management/Association Services, Inc. (MAS), which has been providing administrative support to WAEL for some fifteen years. WAEL will establish its own association headquarters staff in the Oakland/San Francisco Bay area. Plans call for the transition to be completed around mark of 1989.

Chosen from a field of more than 400 candidates, Bednerik has been Executive Director of the Western Independent Bankers (WIB) for over five years. WIB is a regional trade association of 300 independent banks and some 50 associate member firms in thirteen Western States.

Bednerik's association career includes serving as Director of Government Affairs for over six years with the National Association of Drilling Contractors, and five years with the National Society of Public Accountants, as well as two years with the National Association of Broadcasters. A registered lobbyist in Washington, D.C., his prior job experience was a newspaper reporter and in the advertising and publishing fields.

A graduate of Rollins College in Winter Park, FL with a bachelor's degree in philosophy and government, he also completed his course work for an LLB at Vanderbilt University School of Law in Nashville, TN.

Bednerik noted, "WAEL is extremely fortunate to have the benefit of outstanding volunteer member involvement and has enjoyed the services of one of the finest multi-association management firms in the country. Now WAEL has the opportunity to develop its own full time team. My goal is to continue to build on the strong foundation and to provide expanded membership services, to emphasize high quality seminars at reasonable costs, and to create higher public profile for professional lessors and the important role played by the leasing industry."

An avid sailor, he and his wife Darlene, live in Alameda. Their daughter Lydia attends the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Management of WAEL will be in the process of transition throughout the first few months of 1989, while the new office is being relocated. (See "President's Perspective" column for details on the Management Transition Task Force.) Watch your mail and future issues of Newsline for updates and details on all of the exciting changes currently happening in your association.

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Jon Today:

Jon Bednerik, CAE

Executive Director

Florida Pool & Spa Association

Glad to hear from you and get a chance to catch up on the latest from the WAEL/UEAL team members. I did not know Ray ( Prof. Ray Williams ) had left (although I saw him in August in Orlando at the ASAE - American Society of Association Executives - meetings).

As usual, I am in the midst of change (whether I create it or am just the lucky exec to be around when it occurs). Our group has just re-negotiated our relationship with the national organization and now other parts of the country are following suit.

We are still enjoying Sarasota (although the right offer from a San Diego area organization could certainly tempt us). Darlene is the Director of Public Affairs with the Sarasota Association of REALTORS (the same position she held in Oakland). I am the nominee for President-elect of the Florida Society of Association Executives (see what happens when you are out of the room when they are picking officers).

Enjoyed reading the piece on Past President Hal Horowitz. I look forward to seeing this type of feature in the future. Thank you for helping keep the links alive.

WAEL was a special time in our lives and the experience and skills that you all taught me have truly made me a better association executive. The personal relationships were equally as important and have been missed.

Jon Bednerik, CAE

Executive Director

Florida Pool & Spa Association






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