March 13, 2020

Our nation is facing an unprecedented situation due to the global pandemic of COVID-19, the coronavirus. First and foremost, we must act in the health and safety interests of the public at large and our employees to mitigate the advance of COVID-19.

Fortunately, many companies, including IRI members, plan for business continuity in the face of adverse conditions. Just as IRI members are implementing plans to ensure the health and safety of workforces while continuing to service customers, IRI is prepared to continue our efforts to serve you as your trade association in a manner that protects our employees and their families.

IRI will initiate our remote work plan for our employees on Monday, March 16 through at least Friday, March 27. We will continue executing on our strategic objectives throughout this time. Regularly scheduled IRI committee conference calls will continue. Our advocacy efforts and outreach at the federal and state level will continue as long as government offices remain open and functioning. Our event planning for later this year will continue. The coming weeks may be a challenge for everyone, but IRI is prepared.

While our nation’s attention is rightly focused on mitigating the spread of this pandemic, our industry also continues to serve many financial needs of millions of Americans, particularly in this current scenario of market volatility. Be assured that IRI will continue to do its part to support our members and advance our agenda.

Our industry is designed to service consumers in all times – good and bad. Our products, services and strategies are meant to deliver peace of mind and stability even in volatile times. Our nation and our industry will weather this challenging time like we have others and I’m confident that we will emerge strong and resilient. While these times are unusual, IRI is open for business. As usual.

Please stay safe and healthy.

Wayne Chopus
IRI President and CEO