Government Connections - Summer 2012 - (Page 9)
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CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. SUMMER 2012 • VOL 3, ISSUE 4
Addressing the government meeting scandals
By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSC Executive Director & CEO With the ongoing saga of government meetings over the last nine months, I know you are curious as to what the future will bring. Members want to know what SGMP is doing to turn the heat down from the scandals and media coverage that have been plaguing government meetings. There are no easy answers when dealing with the scope of something as large as the federal government—not to mention with politics thrown in to boot. But let me start out with how SGMP leadership has responded to these recent issues and its negative press. First and foremost, SGMP represents the entirety of our diverse membership when addressing these issues. Even though SGMP is an educational non-profit that cannot lobby, I assure you that we have been out in front representing our federal, state and contract planners and their potential business partners. SGMP recognizes its responsibility to our federal members and volunteer leaders when weighing in here. You will never find our actions to jeopardize anyone’s employment or membership, or to be as brash and boisterous as the media or other industry organizations or lobbyists. Our steady approach is in consistent dialogue with key individuals to present a position and to offer solutions. This strategy has been regularly and repeatedly implemented in numerous media interviews and discussions with members of the industry and general press. Our industry partners in the Convention Industry Council (CIC), where I serve as an elected member of their board of directors, have galvanized as one in defense of government meetings when they speak directly to Congress on these matters. I also personally played a role for SGMP by contributing to the creation of the very successful “call to action” that was widely distributed to the members of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). So rest assured that SGMP has provided significant information and a wealth of resources regarding the government meetings industry and profession, and has served as a solid advocate for the development of well-informed, connected individuals regarding the importance of the critical role of education and cost-effective meetings. That speaks directly to our mission and that has resulted in a strong position and reputation for your organization. If I had to look into the future with regard to government meetings, I first have to look back at SGMP’s 2012 NEC in New Orleans, where over 400 planners attended our 30th annual conference for education, resources and networking. And I can confirm for you that only one federal planner needed to cancel their registration due to the public backlash we have all been facing. The value of what we do has proven to be demonstrable. So how we choose to conduct ourselves in the course of doing business will be the key to placing efficient, cost-effective government meetings in the spotlight, not as a scandal but as a model for the meetings industry.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Summer 2012
10 Secrets to Winning the Business
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
2012 National Education Conference Summary
SGMP NEC gives back to the New Orleans Community
Is a mobile conference app your best foot forward?
Exercise on the road… are you kidding?
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Summer 2012