Government Connections - Spring 2015 - (Page 6)

President rob coffman, cgMP U.S. Department of Treasury first vice President Maggie Mcgowan, cgMP, cMP University of oklahoma Second vice President James lynton, cgMP hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Secretary Debra Kilpatrick, cgMP virginia attorney general's office Treasurer Brett Sterenson hotel lobbyists Director Kim Blanding, cgMP oregon Judicial Department Director Tecumseh Deloney, cgMP, cMP zero To Three Director Janet roach, cgMP visit Tallahassee lETTEr PRESIDENT'S 2013-2015 NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS A New Virtual Headquarters your national Board of Directors members took an oath to accept the responsibility of leadership and promised to fulfill the duties of the positions to which you have elected us. The decision that was made to move from a brick-and-mortar headquarters facility to a virtual office environment was certainly not one that was taken lightly. our chapter leaders were fully informed of the circumstances surrounding the long-term lease agreement and the financial challenges and restraints it imposed for our organization's financial stability. our efforts to secure a sublease agreement for our alexandria, virginia, office space has been successful and has resulted in an agreement for the entire suite for four years. your national leaders conducted thorough research and held in-depth discussions regarding the office space requirements for the Society headquarters location that would replace the current situation. as with most decisions being made by the national board and our chapter boards, we focused on the must-haves and the nice-to-haves, and this action will result in a net financial relief to SgMP of more than $500,000. We are comfortable in the reality that a virtual office arrangement beginning in april 2015, for the short-term, makes the most sense right now for SgMP. We are confident in the fact that this action will best position SgMP on the right path for the Society's long term financial stability for our members and our dedicated staff. go SgMP!!! at your service, rob coffman, cgMP national President immediate Past President Melody Kebe, cMP, cgMP Defense information Systems agency 6 executive Director & ceo ex-officio Member rob Bergeron, cae, cgMP SgMP GOVERNMENT CONNECTIONS | SPRING/SUMMER 2015

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Spring 2015

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Successful Leadership: SGMP Members Talk Leading in the Government Meetings Industry
Need to Know: 2015 SGMP National Education Conference
The Importance of Traditional Follow-Up in a Non-Traditional Business World
Technology Corner
Supplier Strategy
Meet a Member
CGMP Corner
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Spring 2015