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CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. SUMMER 2011 • VOL 2, ISSUE 4
SGMP- Successful Strategic Sustainability
By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Executive Director & CEO
Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street, Lower Level Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 www.sgmp.org
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AS A NEW
national board of directors becomes part of SGMP’s national leadership team with SGMP headquarters and the Gilmer Institute of Learning, it becomes increasingly important to ensure that we are all prepared to make decisions and create strategies that will sustain the organization though challenging political and economic climates. The ﬁrst 30 years of SGMP have been fueled by a strong period of growth, and members can rest assured that we will continue to push SGMP forward in the next 30 years. We are committed to providing outstanding member beneﬁts and continuing to be the number one resource for government meeting planners and suppliers.
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The best way for us to be successful is to develop strategies that will help us meet our goals. This includes expanding our services and outreach into areas such as an online education system, an increased social media presence and larger and more exciting national conferences. Our strategy will explain how the key functional areas of generating revenue, maximizing human capital and adhering to our mission will interact to develop a stronger SGMP. The foundation of this strategy will be in the leadership teams’ commitment to continually improving member resources while never losing sight of the original vision Sam Gilmer had in 1981. The roots of strategy are in competition. The word “strategic” comes from the Greek “strategos,” which means “a general set of maneuvers carried out to overcome an enemy during combat.” The heritage of “overcoming an enemy” is alive and well in business strategy today. SGMP must operate as a business if it is to gain its market share of planner members and supplier partners, publicize our products and services, and gather marketing intelligence to meet member and industry needs for sustained survival. Organizations that invest adequately in their infrastructure and long-term planning are the ones that survive and thrive.
SGMP is prepared to develop a broad strategy to compete in a diverse and ever-changing market. Our current and perspective members will see the specific steps being taken by our leadership teams as we continue to expand our education programs, resources and networking capabilities. We will develop additional member benefits and invest in resources that can successfully advance our goals, mission and outreach, therefore successfully sustaining our performance and our position in the meetings industry. This is the big picture view of how we see ourselves as an organization. I encourage each of you to stay in touch with your membership and take advantage of the new initiatives rolling out this fiscal year. I am very excited to take SGMP to higher levels with the newly-installed national board. Our potential is unlimited and I am confident that we have the right strategies to successfully reach our goals, effectively sustain SGMP and grow to even better fulfill Sam Gilmer’s vision of being the only organization specifically for government meeting planners and suppliers. I look forward to having you along for this next step in our journey!
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2011
Government Connections - Summer 2011
Travel Tips and Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
NEC 2001 Highlights
Beyond the Budget
Women in Government
The Contract Planner
30 Years of Government Meetings
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Summer 2011