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We are pleased to report to our membership that XLA enjoyed a banner year with across the board success in 2014.

Our Association experienced significant membership growth during the year. XLA’s total membership grew by 40% and we now have more members than at any other time in our history. We saw particular growth in the International Member category reflecting the global nature of our industry.

The XLA year-end financial report also presented an unqualified success. Our total revenues grew by 15% in 2014 and our Association is solidly in the black. Obviously the exponential membership growth supported the positive ledger sheet results for XLA.

Most importantly and the paramount value point for our members, the Association’s advocacy program achieved our major 2014 goals.

Our members operate in a highly regulated environment. That is understandable given the security issues inherent in our business model. However, regulations that do not contribute to security objectives while adding unnecessarily to costs and time have proliferated.

XLA developed important relationships within the Congress and received direct support from key legislators on our regulatory priorities. Our Association is now positioned to benefit from the support of lawmakers from both the House and Senate and from both parties.

The XLA was delighted that several of our friends in Congress directly engaged TSA and encouraged progress on our regulatory issues. The result is that TSA will shortly be issuing revised compliance rules, which will benefit every member of the XLA operationally on a daily basis.

We look forward to continuing our productive dialogues with TSA and CBP in the year to come and continuing to discuss further improvements. And we do expect further positive changes next year.

What this means for your company is simple – you will derive ever increasing value for your membership in our Association in 2015. In Washington, the XLA now commands both respect and attention so our collective voice is heard. And our objective is to continue to grow our industry while helping your company succeed by effectively advocating for the most efficient regulatory landscape possible.

Thank you in advance for your continued support, participation and membership in the XLA and have a very happy and healthy holiday season.

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