New Chairman Welcome Letter

IAEE at Doubletree BethesdaWelcome! Thank you to the 2015 IAEE DC Chapter Board of Directors for completing a magnificent year. Through their diligence and hard work, the chapter and its members have been started down a path for great success. Let’s highlight some of the fantastic accomplishments of 2015.

The chapter brought on a Chapter Administrator to help facilitate the chapter needs. This greatly improved our efficiency and helped the board members focus on the long term vision of the Chapter and its members.

The Chapter introduced for the first time ever a digital version of Showbuzz. This helped cut costs for the chapter and reach our members in a more efficient manner. We are excited to continue with the digital version of Showbuzz and inform our members with great content.

The chapter held eight very successful lunches with intriguing sessions and speakers as well as multiple special events throughout the year. We hope and will continue upon these successes for 2016, bringing even more enticing sessions and speakers to our members.

We built upon our relationship with IAEE HQ, making it stronger and aligning our visions. Through this alignment we will help shape the future.

Last but not least, the DC Chapter brought back the IAEE DC/NY War on the Shore trophy because of our esteemed Past Chair’s, Andrew Ortale, 50’ par saving putt…or so goes the tall legend.

With all of these accomplishments, surely 2016 will be an even greater year.

The focus and core theme of 2016 for the DC Chapter will be on Unity. We must unify our members with the long term vision of the chapter as well as the main focus of IAEE. As the largest regional chapter of IAEE, it is up to us to help shift the industry into the future. I believe, by working together we can propel the events industry to be the industry everyone wants to be a part of.

It is essential for the chapter to gain more active volunteers in 2016. We will hold multiple calls for volunteers throughout the year and I urge each and every one of you to help out. We are stronger in numbers and through these numbers we can accomplish all that the board has set forth for 2016.

We will introduce, what we call, micro-events throughout the year. These micro-events will have various purposes to help connect our members. They will be small and catered to individual groups for specific purposes. Part of our unity theme, we will make sure not to leave anyone to the side. These events are meant to further the connections and relationships we make within this industry.

An exciting development that occurred in 2015 and will be enacted in 2016 is the addition of a Young Professional Director position on the board. Adding such a position will help unify young professionals and integrate them all with the DC Chapter members. Coming together and working together to help educate the future of our industry.

These and many more initiatives have been put in place for 2016. Myself and the 2016 Board of Directors are excited and eager to embark on this journey together. We will all work together, board members and volunteers, as members of this great chapter. We are the largest chapter. We will be the strongest and we will help shape the future of this great industry.

I thank all of you for your continued support and on behalf of the 2016 IAEE DC Chapter Board of Directors, we look forward to working with all of our members to make 2016 the year to remember.

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