Like a campy horror show, Pedantic Patrick Hindert posted an unprecedented 9th blog post about the SSP and NSSTA 2010 annual meetings. While Hindert continues to fill his commentary with factual but predictable filler and drivel like "approximately 10 people attended portions of the SSP and NSSTA meetings", HIndert continues to avoid the controversial and big news that the Society of Settlement Planners named a factoring representative to its Board of Directors.
Ironically it was Hindert who expressed (in previous blog postings going back years) that factoring is the key to structured settlement industry growth. Hindert challenged this author to a debate on the topic in May 2008 and then famously chickened out when I accepted. Now that the dog can have his day he is famously avoiding his own scent mark. See Patrick Hindert Called On The Carpet For Specifics
What I really want to know is does Hindert see having representatives of factoring entities (which buy structured settlements from tort victims) on the Board of a trade association (whose members place structured settlements) as a positive thing or negative thing? Why? Moreover, now that the industry's cherry "has been popped" as it were, is it appropriate for the credibility of the group, that the subject member on the Board is apparently the only member (and apparently can be the only member) when there may be other factoring entities who offer alternatives in educating the public.
He does a better job in posing post-conference leadership questions:
- How will SSP's and NSSTA's new leaders respond to industry changes, challenges and opportunities?
- When and how will SSP and NSSTA transition their educational strategies to embrace the Internet?
- What shared interests exist between SSP and NSSTA to improve and grow the structured settlement industry?