Government Connections - Fall 2013 - (Page 7)

EDITOR’S LETTER Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 Published by Naylor, LLC 5950 NW First Place Gainesville, FL 32607 800-369-6220 Fax: 352-331-3525 Advancing and Not Retreating There is a trendy new phrase to use for leadership and planning retreats – have you heard it? The idea is to not hold a retreat, but rather to hold an advance (because leaders do not retreat). SGMP’s national leadership team held several such retreats – ahem, advances – this summer. And your national headquarters was proud to serve as gracious host for all of them. First, we hosted our annual New Chapter Officer Training here at headquarters, where key newly-elected chapter officers were fully immersed in the national organization’s mission and their critical roles to achieving it on the local levels. Our members’ chapter experience is key to getting the education & training for which they joined our Society. July saw the new national board members meet here at headquarters for three full days (and I mean three long and busy days). In August, your education trustees were here and rolled up their sleeves in the training center during what was a very enlightening and productive weekend. The National Board employs me as your executive director & CEO, and it is my honor and privilege for me to help train and guide our leaders and to serve with the headquarters staff as partners to the National Board and Gilmer Institute. Henry Ford (who never retreated) may have said it best: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Executive Director & CEO EXECUTIVE EDITOR Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP MANAGING EDITOR Kimberly Kowal ASSISTANT EDITOR Cindy Simpson, CAE, CGMP PUBLISHER Tracy Tompkins MANAGING EDITOR Sarah Sain SALES MANAGER James Ream MARKETING Megan McGarrell ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Bryan Zeig ADVERTISING SALES Amanda Blanchard, Cherie Dubay, Janet Frank, Rick Jones, Debbi McClanahan, McPhee, Jessica Semonin, Beth Sheahan, Sam Simon, Jamie Williams, Matthew Yates LAYOUT AND DESIGN Surendra Gupta For advertising rates, information and media kits, please contact Bryan Zeig at 800-369-6220 ext 3458 or ©Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Mention of any product does not constitute endorsement by SGMP. SGMP assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, photos, art or cartoons and reserves the right to reject any advertising or editorial materials. Unsolicited materials should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PUBLISHED AUGUST 2013/SGM-Q0313/9253 7

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