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CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. FALL 2011 • VOL 3, ISSUE 1
Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street, Lower Level Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 www.sgmp.org EXECUTIVE EDITOR Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC MANAGING EDITOR Lisa Silverman, MA, CGMP ASSISTANT EDITOR Rob Bergeron, CAE, CGMP Address editorial comments and questions to Charles Sadler, editor, Government Connections, 908 King Street, Lower Level, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Embrace the Unplanned and the Unexpected
By Charles Sadler, CGMP, CHSP, CHSC Executive Director & CEO
AS I WAS DRIVING to the ofﬁce on a hot July morning – or should I say sitting on the
Capital Beltway on a hot July morning –my mind wandered. I began to reﬂect on SGMP and why for six years I have commuted 226 miles each day from my home in Richmond, Virginia, to SGMP headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
My career plan from fourth grade through college was to be a history teacher. And I was for 18 months! It was during that time that I started a part-time job earning $3.30 an hour at the Hyatt Richmond Hotel. That enjoyable position evolved six months later into a viable career that I had no idea even existed with an offer for a management position that paid more than my teaching contract. I started out in front office and reservations, became assistant general manager and then was asked to go into sales. And what usually happens to the new sales manager on the block – you’re handed the government market! SGMP was only six years old when I heard about the organization and the forming of a new chapter (Old Dominion) based in Richmond. Over my 22-year career in hotel sales, I never thought of giving up the government market. I joined the Old Dominion chapter and connected with my first SGMP mentor – Harriet Edmunds, a planner for the Library of Virginia. Harriet taught me about the value of volunteering, the importance of a mission statement, the vital role that continued professional education plays in any career and the impact of building lasting relationships. I joined SGMP in 1987 and maintained my supplier membership until 2005, when I was offered the opportunity to become SGMP’s first
deputy director. The future of SGMP that I saw then continues to motivate me today. I think many of us end up in a career that may not have ever been in our plans or dreams. I am proud to tell you my story of embracing the unplanned and the unexpected and share with you the opportunities that approach afforded me during those critical times in my career. My unplanned connection to SGMP didn’t just provide me with tenfold ROI in my professional development; it also provided me the opportunity to mentor, provide leadership and give back to an organization that has played such a critical role in my success in the industry. I truly believe it is your participation as a volunteer who takes advantage of your member benefits, that results in the maximum ROI for your experience. We are celebrating Gilmer-Founders Day this year on October 27. I often think of the impact SGMP has had on the thousands of members we have touched in 30 years. The vision SGMP’s founders had 30 years ago still inspires me every day! I hope it continues to engage you and motivate your government meetings career – no matter when or how you joined us.
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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