Government Connections - Fall 2013 - (Page 6)

President Rob Coffman, CGMP U.S. Department of Treasury First Vice President Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP University of Oklahoma Second Vice President Shelley Mann, CGMP Hilton Worldwide Secretary Debra Kilpatrick, CGMP Attorney General’s Office Treasurer James Lynton, CGMP Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Director Kim Blanding, CGMP Oregon Judicial Department Director Tecumseh Deloney, CGMP, CMP ZERO TO THREE Director Brett Sterenson Hotel Lobbyists LETTER PRESIDENT’S 2013-2015 NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS Looking Forward As I have noted within these pages before, it is time for our organization to look forward and not backward. SGMP’s national leadership team is doing just that. The National Board of Directors members you elected early this year recently engaged in a thorough review of our Society as part of a brand-new long-term strategic planning initiative. Any SGMP member would have been proud to see the unyielding persistence and the channeled passion demonstrated within the walls of the Headquarters Training Center over two+ days. More information will be shared with our members regarding the direction and priorities that rose to the top during these deliberations. We are confident that you, our membership, will be very enthused about what you will hear. In August, your Gilmer Institute of Learning trustees was the next national elected body to convene at SGMP headquarters to plot the course for the future of our organization. You, as voting members, also selected these education trustees, whose role is to support our members and chapters through education and training resources. The SGMP Member Bill of Rights outlines several very important points. Among them is one that I personally hold dear: “Leadership is service to others and being true to the Society’s mission.” The entire national leadership team is looking forward to serving you during what will surely be an uncertain and challenging fiscal year and beyond. GO SGMP!!! 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 | FALL 2013

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

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going PlacesTee Off in Texas
Finding Contract Solutions and Savings
Three Rules for Working with Difficult and Nasty People
Meet a MemberNick Hussein, DoubleTree by Hilton Bay City-Riverfront
Conference ConnectionMeeting Planners by the Numbers
CGMP Corner
Question for Our MembersHow Have Changes in Government Meetings Impacted Your Company?
National Updates
SGMP Nation
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Fall 2013