Government Connections - Fall 2011 - (Page 7)
SGMP NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2011-2013
The Power of ONE
By Rob Coffman, CGMP National President
President Rob Coffman, CGMP U.S. Department of Treasury First Vice President Rhonda Wise, CGMP U.S. Department of Labor
AUGUST MARKED THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legendary “I Have a Dream” speech, and a ceremony to unveil the national monument in his honor is set for later this fall. Both of these events remind me of the many incredible people and leaders who have, in their own way, shaped our country and culture and the amazing power of one. It only takes one person’s vision, one person’s commitment and one person’s energy to make things happen and pay it forward for others.
It took one person and his vision to form SGMP back in October of 1981. That person was Mr. Sam Gilmer. And just look where we are 30 years later! Meeting planning was considered one of those “other duties as assigned” and more of a hobby than a profession. Now there are numerous educational and professional certifications, most notably our ver y ow n Certified Gover nment Meeting Professional, in addition to degree ear ning programs across the countr y. SGMP is a highly regarded organization in an industr y that has grown and enhanced its professionalism dramatically over the decades. We celebrate Gilmer-Founder’s Day on October 27, and I encourage each of you to realize your ow n Power of ONE. That power is in each of us as we decide on a yearly, monthly, daily and hourly basis how to best use our time and resources. Regarding your career in the government meetings/events industry (either as a planner or supplier), I encourage you to get more involved in SGMP. It will pay back tenfold in ROI – I guarantee it. As in all membership-based organizations, SGMP is made up of individual members, each coming to the organization with varied levels of professional know-how, education and life experiences. It only takes one member to make a difference in a chapter by hosting a monthly program, w r iting an article for the website or newsletter, stepping up to a leadership position or becoming a mentor for a new member. Think back over your career and I am sure there is one person (or if you are fortunate, two or more) who comes to mind who was instrumental in your career and future success. That one person for me was Ms. Lee Saxton. She took a chance on me in the late 1980s and I will be forever grateful. Since then I have been blessed w ith many great role models, each shaping and enriching my career path in various ways. I have also come to realize that there is something to learn from everyone around you – top-down, bottom-up and side-to-side – but you must be open to learning and sharing to fully benefit. M a r t i n L ut her K i ng, Jr. s t ated, “Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.” Remember, the Power of ONE starts with you. Go SGMP!
Second Vice President Shelley Mann, CGMP Hilton Worldwide
Secretary Debra Kilpatrick, CGMP Office of the Attorney General, State of Virginia
Treasurer James Lynton, CHSP SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Natomas
Director Maggie McGowan, CGMP, CMP University of Oklahoma
Director Beth Miller-Tipton, CMP, CGMP University of Florida
Director Kelly Roche, CGMP, CTA Irving, TX CVB
Immediate Past President Melody Kebe, CMP, CGMP Defense Information Systems Agency
Executive Director & CEO Ex-Officio Member Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Fall 2011
Travel Tips & Trends
Good to Know
Dieting on a Per Diem
Can You Think in Reverse?
Food and Beverage
U.S. Flag Protocol
The Meeting Minute
Government Connections - Fall 2011