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After fifteen years, TEI’s executive director, Eli Dicker, concluded his service to the Institute in January. Eli will join Crowe LLP, one of TEI’s platinum sponsors, as managing director of national markets. Eli played a critical role leading TEI’s staff, and we are grateful for his many contributions. The Executive Committee and the Board of Directors each passed a resolution in December commending Eli for his service and dedication to the Institute.

In conjunction with Eli’s departure, Pilar Mata has assumed the role of director of operations. Pilar joined TEI in 2015, after fifteen years of working at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan (now Eversheds Sutherland) and Morrison & Foerster. Pilar has led TEI’s efforts concerning US state and local tax, worked closely with Region I and Region XI while supporting TEI’s Canadian Commodity Tax and European Indirect Tax committees, and supported various initiatives including TEI’s diversity and inclusion work group and web capabilities goals. Pilar will be responsible for TEI’s day-to-day operations and will focus on how TEI is adapting to address the current business climate while ensuring that TEI meets the evolving needs of our membership. She will report to TEI’s international president, James Kennedy, while the Executive Committee and Board of Directors determine Eli’s successor. Pilar can be reached at pmata@tei.org or 202-464-8346.

Lisa Samuels, TEI’s director of marketing and communications, assumed responsibility for membership, effective January 1. This change enables TEI to focus additional efforts to recruit, retain, and serve TEI’s members and to coordinate those efforts with marketing and communications. Lisa can be reached at lsamuels@tei.org or 202-464-8340.

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