Government Connections - Spring 2013 - (Page 6)

SGMP NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011-2013 President Rob Coffman, CGMP U.S. Department of Treasury First Vice President Rhonda Wise, CGMP U.S. Department of Labor Second Vice President Shelley Mann, CGMP Hilton Worldwide Secretary Debra Kilpatrick, CGMP Office of the Attorney General, State of Virginia Treasurer James Lynton, CHSP Woodlake Hotel Sacramento Director Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP University of Oklahoma PRESIDENT’S LETTER Get Connected to Government Meetings… By Rob Coffman, CGMP National President The 2013 SGMP National Education Conference & Expo (NEC) will be familiar in so many ways to what our annual convention became over the past three decades. You will receive exceptional career training. You will gain plentiful job-related resources. You will experience constant professional interaction. Our NEC is always about exactly what SGMP is all about— education, resources & networking. But you will see many new features and experiences in Orlando on May 22-24, 2013: • The national board of directors wanted a more streamlined and seamless registration process and we got it. • Our headquarters staff wanted an NEC website that was easier to navigate and we have it. • Our exhibitors wanted a new expo schedule and a more intimate floor plan and we did it. • Our suppliers wanted additional hospitality time with planners and we will have it. • Our planners wanted more educational sessions and we will have it. • Our attendees wanted an exciting on-site welcome reception and we will have it. • Our members wanted a freeze in registration fees and we got it. An added benefit for this year’s attendees is that the NEC wraps up on the eve of the extended Memorial Day weekend. The Rosen Shingle Creek is a beautiful property and SGMP has secured our conference lodging rates through the federal holiday on Monday. I look forward to being with you for what should be our best conference ever. GO SGMP!!! Director Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP University of Florida Director Kelly Roche, CGMP, CTA Irving, TX CVB Immediate Past President Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP Defense Information Systems Agency Executive Director & CEO Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP 6 GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2013

President's Letter
Editor's Letter
SGMP Nation
The Meeting Minute
Advertisers' Index
Plan Green: Why Create a Sustainable Event?
Good to Know: Do You Need Per Diem?
That's Technology: Dispelling the Myths about Strategic Meetings Management
Conference Connection: 2013 NEC & Expo
SGMP's New Headquarters
Working With Your Convention and Visitors Bureau
Starwood Looks Forward to Seeing You

Government Connections - Spring 2013