The need for objective information and assistance with finding qualified tracking services were beyond the capacity of what any one individual, company, school, or local association could provide. There existed no dedicated, comprehensive, and neutral source of information about tracking services, schools, and individuals engaged in our fields of interest. What was needed were bridges between all the varied participants in the field; a means for getting information and making contact with active tracking practitioners. While we see scores of practicing trackers around the world, few identify themselves as being "professional" trackers. It is our belief that there are far more 'professional trackers' out there than we know … the quote below perhaps addresses our definition of the word Professional in our name and our argument for all the student trackers out there that feel that they would be exempted from joining a professional society of trackers. All are welcome.