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BTA's Mary Hopkins Retires

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  
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Long-time Business Technology Association (BTA) employee Mary Hopkins, database administrator, has announced her retirement effective July 1, 2017. Hopkins joined the BTA staff on Sept. 18, 1989; she has served BTA for nearly 28 years.

Hopkins began her tenure at the National Office Machine Dealer Association (NOMDA; now BTA) in the accounting department as the membership database coordinator. Her responsibilities included making membership dues deposits, posting payments to the database and keeping the database up to date. During this time, Hopkins, along with the rest of the accounting staff, attended the annual NOMDA conventions to handle registration, as well as count and deposit show revenues.

Around 1997, she became administrative assistant to Harold Durheim, who served as HR director of the association. When Durheim retired in 2002, Hopkins moved back to the accounting department where she served as an administrative assistant. During this time, she worked in the BTA Conference Center, booking rooms for classes, events, etc., as well as worked on cataloging pieces from the association's museum of office technology for auction.

Around 2003, Hopkins returned to working with the database, but also worked accounts payable and receivable until 2008, when Teresa Leerar joined BTA as bookkeeper.

During her time at BTA, Hopkins has managed the BTA database in a very attentive, detail-oriented manner. Her attention to detail can be seen not only in the management of the database, but also in her work as one of the association's best proofreaders. Her editing assistance with Office Technology magazine, as well as the association's numerous printed materials, will be missed. In addition to handling the database, Hopkins' current duties also include managing the BTA Scholarship program; handling incoming and outgoing mail and shipping; and managing the BTA switchboard.

"On behalf of the entire BTA Board of Directors, I wanted to extend a sincere thank you for your 27-plus years of service to the BTA," said 2016-17 BTA President Rob Richardson in an email to Hopkins. "Your hard work and dedication, particularly around the management of the database, proofreading skills for the magazine and guidance with the scholarship program, highlight only a few of the wonderful skills you brought to the organization each and every day. You will certainly be missed and we wish you nothing but the best in your retirement."

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