Dogwood Digest 2017-18 Publication Dates

Fall 2017,Volume XII Issue 1
Content due: September 18, 2017
Publish: September 29, 2017
Winter 2017-18, Volume XII Issue 2
Content due: Decemer 18, 2017
Publish: December 29, 2017
Spring 2018, Volume XII Issue 3
Content due: March 18, 2018
Publish: March 29, 2018
Summer 2018, Volume XII Issue 4
Content due: June 15, 2018
Publish: June 27, 2018





October 2017 Print

President's Report

Greetings Everyone! 

I'm so happy to serve as chapter president for the next 2 years. I'm very fortunate to have previously served on the board as Treasurer and on the Communications Committee. I want to thank all the chapter members for allowing me to grow along side you, both professionally and personally, and for the friendships I have formed over the years.

We have so much ahead of us as a chapter!
Here are the highlights. 

A New Website!
By now everyone has received a welcome email about our new website. One of the big things is registration for meetings will be a lot easier. I want to especially thank Lori Schwarze, Communications Chair for leading the way on this. You will need to create a NCSGMP website account so you can register for meetings and also have access to some member only areas. If you have not created your account, please do this asap. If you have any issues creating your account or questions about the site, please email Lori Schwarze or Susan Hutchinson at We are here to help.

Holiday Online Silent Auction:
You have probably already seen an email asking for donations to the auction. Our goal is to have a donation from every member. We need everyone’s help to make this successful! 

Mark your calendars for May 8-9, 2018. We celebrate our Silver Anniversary at the chapter Spring Conference hosted by Myron Jones and the Fayetteville CVB. The theme is ‘Silver’ so start thinking about what you will wear! 

Anniversary Logo: Our Communications Committee has come up with a few logos to choose that will be used during 2018. You will be asked to give input on which is your favorite. Stay tuned for an announcement to see the new options.  The new logo will be announced at the end of the year. 

Vendor Tables at Meetings:
Now when suppliers register online for chaper meetings,  they can choose to have a small display space during the networking time 11am-1130am. This is included with your meeting registration. There is no additional charge. We just have to know in advance. 

Chapter Meeting Timeline Change: 
Look at our new meeting timeline! 
10-11am, Board Meeting 
11-11:30am, Networking and Check In (suppliers with tables arrive at 1045 to set up) 
11:30-11:55am, Host Venue Tour 
11:55am-12:15pm, lunch served 
12:15-1:15pm, Education Program 
1:15-1:30pm, Chapter Announcements, adjourn 

Getting Involved:
I get the most out of something when I get involved. You don't have to be on a committee to be involved in your chapter. We are looking for contributors in the following areas to help keep our members informed. Contributors will be recognized in our newsletter and website. 

  • Our Industry:
    We all browse industry magazines, social media, websites and other publications. Send us articles of interest in the following areas: Industry articles, upcoming industry trade shows, professional development, hotel openings, technology, venue expansions or renovations and any other relevant area.
    If your article is used, the registration fee will be waived for an upcoming chapter meeting.  Submit articles to 

  • Chapter Activity Reporters:
    Collect monthly updates from Communications, Programs, Community Service, Membership committee chairs, and the Treasurer.
    Each monthly reporter will have their registration fee waived for an upcoming chapter meeting once the report is submitted. Please contact Susan Hutchinson at for details and to volunteer. 

  • Hospitality Ambassadors: 
    Greet guest attendees at chapter meetings, introduce them to other members, acting as their buddy and making them feel welcome the duration of the meeting.
    To volunteer for a meeting, Contact Susan Hutchinson at Registration fee for the meeting will be waived for volunteers.

We are also looking for members who want to join a committee. Descriptions and contact information can be found on our website in the About Section. 

And lastly, I just want to say to all our members that we as a board are here to serve you. If you have any feedback, needs or suggestions, please do not hesitate to reach out to any of us.

Susan Hutchinson
President NCSGMP 


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Upcoming Meeting

Registration is open for the next NC SGMP Chapter Meeting.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
“Understanding quality variations in audio and video”, Ricardo Hicks, Director of Sales, American Audio Video

Hilton Durham
3800 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

To register, click here.

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Past meeting recognition

A warm thank you to the Cambria Durham for their hospitality at our first educational session on Wednesday, September 13th.  Attendees were treated to a grand tour of the property, highlighting its proximity to the Duke VA Hospital, Duke University, and downtown Durham. Whether you just need guestrooms or are planning a meeting, you can be assured that the staff at Cambria Durham will take great care of your every need!

CAMBRiA hotel & suites, 2306 Elba Street, Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-3111 

Located 14.7 miles from Raleigh-Durham Airport
Total number of rooms:  146 (all standard with 9 ADA rooms)
Number of king rooms:  61
Number of queen/queen rooms: 85
Main building:  114 rooms|
Pavilion building:  32 rooms and state of the art fitness center on first floor
$8 million renovation in January 2017

Located closest to Duke University, the CAMBRiA hotel & suites Durham - Duke University Medical Center Area is a brand new, upscale boutique style hotel just within walking distance from Duke University, Duke University Medical Center, and the Durham VA Medical Center. The CAMBRiA hotel & suites Durham - Duke University Medical Center Area hotel features sleek, modern, generous sized rooms coupled with top notched service. Stay connected with our free wireless internet in our Durham hotel. Our socialCircle Restaurant is open morning and night serving a locally inspired menu. Keep your healthy routine at this Durham hotel with our on-site fitness center. We welcome you to experience all Durham has to offer.

Hotel Services

  • Bistro Style Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner, with Lobby Lounge
  • Brand new, Bright, On-site Fitness Center Open 24 hours
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Shuttle Service within 3 miles of the hotel


Room Features

  • King and Double Queen room types and ADA accessible rooms
  • Mini-refrigerators, microwaves, and Keurig’s in every guestroom
  • Keurig coffee makers
  • 49" Flat-screen HD television per room
  • Expanded windows allow for plenty of natural light  
  • Individual climate control 
  • Wardrobe, with Full-size iron and ironing board
  • Bath & Body Works brand amenities
  • Glass-enclosed shower stall bathroom configurations


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Past Meeting Summary

Hear Me Now and Remember What I Said

Our speaker Kimberly Overton, Chief Resource Prosecutor for the NC Conference of District Attorneys was a refreshing start for our new year.  Her topic, “Hear Me Now and Remember What I Said” was well received by all attendees.  Kimberly gave us a few exercises to do to help us take a deeper dive into how each of us receives information.  Our thinking styles are broken down into four quadrants (A, B, C, D):  A- Logical, B – Organized, C-Interpersonal, and D-Imaginative. 

An example of the Quadrant A person would be Mr. Spock or the Scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz.  These people are analytical, mathematical, technical and problem solving.  They are concrete thinkers, logical and precise.  A few things quadrant A people like is putting things together, making things work, and especially cost analysis.  Their communication preference is to get to the point, like to work alone, numbers and data.  What they dislike is being disturbed and listening on tape and they struggle with expressing emotions and vague or imprecise concepts.

A Quadrant B person would be a cop/military person or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz.  They are linear, organized, consistent, timely, and always follow the rules.  They love working in groups, planning things out, details, and a clear beginning, middle and end.  They dislike ambiguities, risk, and unclear expectations.

A Quadrant C person would be a Mother Teresa or the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.  They tend to be emotional and make decisions because they want to, rather than because they should.  They are also pleasers, good listeners, and team players.  Group discussions and activities is a preferred way of communicating and they very much dislike lectures, data, list, and analysis. 

The Quadrant D person is a Winston Churchill or the Lion from the Wizard of Oz.  This is the smallest group in America and they are leaders, big picture thinkers, aggressive, spontaneous and fun.  They prefer overview, hands on experience, and the freedom to explore.  They dislike structure, deadlines, list, lectures, and details. 

Kimberly also explored how people learn.  Some learn through visual: diagrams, charts or taking notes.  Others may learn through auditory: lectures, oral reports or good old conversation.  Lastly, some learn through movement, role paying, or hands on experience which are tactile. 

In conclusion, Kimberly gave us a lot of information but one important thing that I took away was, we recall what we hear first and last so take advantage of the opportunity to go first or last when presenting and be careful when to place the most important information when speaking.  

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Membership Report

Our Chapter kicks off the 2017-18 year with a total of 42 members.  We welcome our newest members:

Carlette Benton, The Ramada Plaza Fayetteville
Tammy Everett, North Carolina Defense Business Association
Arie Bobbitt, Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hortensia Simmons, Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

We congratulate the following members on their membership anniversary!

Lori Schwarze, RTI International, 7/1/2009
Alexandra Hampton, UNC School of Government, 7/27/2016
Gillian Dobbins, Embassy Suites by Hilton Greensboro, 7/27/2016

Gail Wilkins, UNC School of Government, 8/1/2009
John Sneed, Wilmington & Beaches CVB, 8/1/2009

Danielle Rivenbark, East Carolina University, 9/1/2012

Myron Jones, Fayetteville Area CVB, 10/1/2002
Sarah Campbell, Johnston County Visitors Bureau, 10/1/2015

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