Government Connections - Winter 2014 - (Page 27)
WHAT IS THE BEST PROFESSIONAL
ADvICE YOU EvER RECEIvED?
change is the only constant in life - embrace it!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB IN THE
GOvERNMENT MEETINGS PROFESSION?
in the early 1980s, i planned flight operations
evaluation Board meetings (two per year) for the
aircraft evaluation group of the faa. attendees
were national and international air carrier operations
specialists, who convened to recommend
and approve changes to the Master Minimum
equipment lists for the Boeing Model 707, 727, 737,
and 747 airplanes. They were fun meetings to plan -
usually two days of meetings with 3-4 nights of
lodging, and minimal av (in those days an overhead
projector and screen, and a flip chart).
AS SOMEONE WHO'S BEEN IN THE
INDUSTRY FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS,
WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHANGE
Technology, for sure! When i first started
meeting planning, i drew up my room arrangements
and seating charts by hand, did registration by mail
(or phone) and made name badges on a typewriter.
We have certainly come a long way since then!
Jan Thor, CMP
Sr. Technical Writer-Editor
Federal Aviation Administration
Immediate Past President, SGMP,
Pacific Northwest Chapter
HOW DID YOU FIRST HEAR ABOUT SGMP,
AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN?
a supplier with whom i was planning a
meeting told me about the newly formed Seattle
(Pacific northwest) chapter of SgMP and invited
me to come to a meeting. i came as his guest and
was blown away by the education and networking
opportunities the organization offered. i joined the
next month - that was in 1986!
WHAT IS THE GREATEST BENEFIT YOU'vE
RECEIvED THROUGH THE YEARS FROM
YOUR SGMP MEMBERSHIP?
By far it is the outstanding meeting planning
education i have received throughout the years, at
chapter meetings and conferences, and at SgMPs
national education conferences - it has changed
and evolved with the industry. This state-of-the-art
education has allowed me to keep current on all aspects
of meeting planning and management. The networking
with other meeting planners and with suppliers has been
equally valuable, as there is always someone to call who
can help you with a problem or answer a question.
WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES/PASSIONS OUTSIDE OF WORK?
My current passion outside of work is volunteering as a Therapy
Dog Team with my chocolate labrador retriever, grady. We visit a
local hospital and two independent living retirement communities,
providing comfort and support to patients, families and staff at the
hospital; and seniors at the retirement communities. it is amazing
to see what a difference he makes in their day, and the smiles
he brings to their faces. My dog loves this activity, and it is very
rewarding for me. i also enjoy exercise walking, skiing and golf; and
attending ballet, musical theatre and symphony performances.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2014
Risk Management in the Meetings Industry
How CVBs Can Help Planners Manage Risk
Risky Business: Doing Events with the Federal Government
Classic Tools Worth a Second Look
Affordable Strategies for Getting More from Every Meeting
Meet a Member
Government Connections - Winter 2014