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EDITOR’S LETTER G Published by Society of Government Meeting P Governme overnme ent Professionals CONNECT TO GOVERNMENT MEETINGS. GOVER WINTER 2013 • VOLUME 4, ISSUE 2 Season’s Greetings By Rob Bergeron, CGMP Acting Executive Director I must admit that I am not one who necessarily slows down to be introspective as often as I should. To me, full speed ahead on the next great thing is much more my comfort zone. But Rob Coffman makes and excellent point and extends a wonderful suggestion in his President’s Letter. So I am going to take him up on that idea of reflection and appreciation. I have been leaning on a lean staff for the latter half of 2012. Every day. Every project. Every goal. Never before in my professional career has the need to do the right things been so important. Yet it feels to me that production is steady. And it appears to me that accomplishments are continuing. Neither of these things could be true without the dedication for and investment in this Society that I see on a consistent basis from your headquarters staff team. I try to take the time to thank them personally. I think I do (I hope I do!). So let me now pause for a moment, step back, and publicly acknowledge their work. “THANK YOU!!!” I am so proud to be associated with this group of association professionals. And I truly believe that we ain’t seen nothin’ yet! Our 30th annual National Education Conference in New Orleans was a fantastic event, start to finish. I couldn’t begin to list all the people in Louisiana and across the country made that happen for us (but you know who you are). You are the volunteers who deserved our heartfelt appreciation. You are the leaders who deserved praise from atop the highest hill this summer. But I do not believe we did all we could have (and should have) on that front. So here it is… “THANK YOU!!!” Safe travels to all during the holiday season. And here is to SGMP’s 2013 and it being our best year yet. Published for Society of Government Meeting Professionals 908 King Street Suite 200 Alexandria, VA 22314 703-549-0892 Fax: 703-549-0708 Naylor, LLC 5950 NW First Place Gainesville, FL 32607 800-369-6220 Fax: 352-331-3525 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Rob Bergeron, CGMP MANAGING EDITOR Kimberly Kowal, CGMP PUBLISHER John Kilchenstein MANAGING EDITOR Sean Garrity SALES MANAGER Jamy Smith MARKETING Michelle Hunsucker ADVERTISING DIRECTOR Pam Blasetti ADVERTISING SALES Brian Donohoe, Cherie Dubay, Ray Goodwin, Janine Mancuso, Beth Sheahan, Jamie Williams, Matthew Yates, Bryan Zeig LAYOUT AND DESIGN Sunny Goel For advertising rates, information and media kits, please contact Pam Blasetti at 800-369-6220 ext 3423 or ©Naylor, LLC. All rights reserved. The contents of this publication may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of the publisher. Mention of any product does not constitute endorsement by SGMP. SGMP assumes no responsibility for return of unsolicited manuscripts, photos, art or cartoons and reserves the right to reject any advertising or editorial materials. Unsolicited materials should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. PUBLISHED DECEMBER 2012/SGM-Q0412/6918 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Government Connections - Winter 2013

President’s Letter
Editor’s Letter
Going Places
Dieting on a Per Diem
Plan Green
Education Edge
Ethics and Site Visits
Why the Government Should Hire Qualified, Professional Meeting Planners
Supplier Strategy
Good to Know
That’s Technology
Conference Connection
Travel Tips & Trends
Membership News
SGMP Nation
The Meeting Minute
Advertisers’ Index

Government Connections - Winter 2013