My name is David Ross. I assumed the mantle of President of TEXDRA on September 1. Please accept my apology that it has taken me this long to formally introduce myself. As one of the thousands of Harvey’s flood victims, I have had to dedicate much of my time to our recovery.
Let me say first that I am humbled to serve in this position, and I would be less than truthful if I didn’t admit that I am a little intimidated. It is an awesome responsibility, and our previous president has set the bar very high. I will endeavor, though, to ensure the standards set by our past president are maintained.
First, allow me to give you a little personal history. I served four years in the United States Army, from 1967 to 1971. Upon my discharge from the military, I enrolled in McMahon College of Court Reporting and began my career in 1973. I then joined a small firm in New Orleans before moving to Miami. I returned home to Houston in 1975, working for a couple of firms before striking out on my own in 1980 when I formed Ross Reporting Services, which I operated until my retirement in 2014.
My retirement, however, was short lived. I was invited to join a group of reporters who were committed to addressing the many problems facing court reporting, focusing their attention on freelance issues. Out of this group, TEXDRA was formed. Although I had heard some of the names, I met many of these people for the first time when I joined the group. I quickly realized this was not an ordinary group of reporters. I had joined a group of reporters that were highly intelligent, knowledgeable, experienced and single-mindedly committed to improving conditions for freelance reporters.
While it may appear that things have been somewhat quiet since the JBCC voted to recommend the elimination of the one-third rule, I can assure you that TEXDRA’s board has been very busy. As we await the decision of the Court on the JBCC’s recommendation, your board has begun working diligently on a series of issues we believe are important to the freelance community, and we will roll those out as the planning matures.
TEXDRA is an organization formed and dedicated for the purpose of addressing the issues important to freelance court reporters. On behalf of the Board, I want to thank you for placing your confidence in TEXDRA. We will continue to work hard to earn your continued trust.
Thank you. I look forward to representing you and TEXDRA the next two years.