BCI bids farewell to Arnie Phifer, who has led BCI's fund raising team since 1994. In June, Phifer accepted a new position as Senior Development Officer with the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington, D.C. During Phifer's tenure with BCI, annual revenues grew from $1.2 million to $2.7 million and total assets increased from $1.1 million to $5.1 million (while fund raising costs were held to just 9% of total expenses). Phifer coordinated many of BCI's Bracken Cave activities and helped establish and lead the Global Grassroots Bat Conservation Fund. Though it is bittersweet for him to leave the organization, its mission to protect bats and their habitats will remain close to his heart. He says, "I hope to take what I have learned at BCI-efficiency, integrity, and a concern for both people and wildlife-and apply these concepts to similarly valuable goals."