Government Connections - Spring 2013 - (Page 6)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Rob Coffman, CGMP
First Vice President
Rhonda Wise, CGMP
U.S. Department of
Second Vice President
Shelley Mann, CGMP
Debra Kilpatrick, CGMP
Office of the Attorney
General, State of
James Lynton, CHSP
University of Oklahoma
Get Connected to
By Rob Coffman, CGMP
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
• 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.
University of Florida
Irving, TX CVB
Rob Bergeron, CAE,
GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING 2013
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2013
The Meeting Minute
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