Curt A. Bertram, CO, FAAOP assumed the role of president of the ABC Board of Directors on December 1.
As part of ABC’s annual leadership transition, Bertram takes over the presidency from Timothy E. Miller, CPO of Bettendorf, Iowa. Miller will continue to serve as immediate past president. “I look forward to Curt’s presidency,” said Miller. “He will lead the next level of strategic planning and has already been actively involved in making sure that we are prepared. The great thing about Curt is that once he has ownership of a topic or a project he puts all his effort into it. As president, he is sure to continue this tenacity and will wholeheartedly work to accomplish all of the goals set before him and the board.”
Bertram began volunteering with ABC as both an orthotics examiner and exam team member. Since then, Bertram has been an integral part of ABC serving on the Executive, Finance and Marketing Committees as well as the O&P Alliance. He has also been an active participant in the certification exam process, having served on the Orthotic Exam Team and as an Orthotic CPM Examiner and Site Coordinator.
Since joining the ABC board in December 2009, Bertram has played a role in creating many of ABC’s current policies and brings with him nearly 23 years of experience working in the orthotic and prosthetic profession. “Curt’s long history of volunteerism and involvement in our programs makes him a natural leader for ABC,” said Catherine Carter, ABC’s Executive Director. “I look forward to working with him as he helps us move the board’s agenda forward.”
Bertram notes that he was drawn to the profession right away. “Once I discovered that I could use both my mind and my hands to better lives, I was sold.” Bertram also attributes his passion for the profession to having had the opportunity to work with a handful of really talented and passionate people at his very first O&P job. Bertram received his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from Northern Arizona University in 1988 and attended Northwestern University for his orthotic education and the Newington Certificate Program for his prosthetics education. He earned his Certified Orthotist credential in 1994.
Bertram currently works for Hanger Clinic as their National Orthotics Specialist and has served as vice president for the United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin (UCPSEW) Board of Directors. He and his wife, Jennifer, live in Hartland, Wis. with their two teenage daughters, Meghan and Lindsay.
Bertram expressed his excitement for becoming the next president of the ABC board, stating, “I am both excited and humbled knowing the huge responsibility that lies before me. ABC is a wonderful organization with volunteerism from the profession at its core. I’ve been a volunteer with ABC for over 16 years and I am honored to now lead this passionate group of professionals. I hope to continue fulfilling our mission and vision and help lead ABC as the premier standard for certification and accreditation in the profession.”