March 2019 Print

President's Report

Earlier this week all of the world tuned in to watch the much-anticipated college basketball game between two North Carolina college powerhouses, UNC Tarheels and the Duke Blue Devils.  The game was played before a sold-out crowd at Cameron Indoor Stadium and was attended by noted celebrities that included former President Barak Obama. Part of the excitement of the game for fans was the anticipation of watching Zion Williamson, who is undoubtably Duke’s most valuable player, do what he does best.  However, as even the best laid plans and strategies often go, that did not happen. Due to an equipment malfunction (his shoe literally exploded) that caused Zion to sustain a knee injury, he did not return to the game.

Strategies, plans and equipment malfunctions are nothing new to meeting professionals.  Usually our contingency plans have back up plans. In the event realm, just like athletics, there are just some things you cannot plan for.  Whether it is a speaker who cannot make it, faulty projectors and other audio-visual problems, or hotel repairs that are not completed in time, the role of the meeting professional is challenging and requires a level of flexibility that is worthy of “MVP” status.

The beauty of any team is that you are not left alone to bear the burden all on your own.  The Duke Blue Devils remaining team members had to adjust their game strategy and step up when their teammate was down.  Even though they did not come away with the win, they played as a team and every player on the court was an “MVP”. One of our goals at NSGMP is to assist you as a meeting professional in gaining all the necessary tools to assist you and your teams in being “MVP’s”.  We do this through networking within the group to introduce you to key members that can provide the services your companies need. We also do this by providing education opportunities to facilitate your growth and development as a meeting professional. Each of you to me is a “Most Valuable Player”, and I appreciate each member.  

I look forward to seeing you all soon at the next chapter meeting.

Erica Quillet
NCSGMP President

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Calendar of Events

March 13, 2019 – Hilton Durham Hotel - 3800 Hillsborough Rd, Durham, NC 27705

Conflict of Interest presented by Frayda Bluestein, David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government

Conflict of interest can be tricky. In this session participants will hear about procuring contracts for personal benefit, gifts and favors, misuse of confidential information, and hiring best practices to avoid conflicts. Participants will be able to determine what practices fall under a conflict of interest.

Register today:

Purchase a $5 raffle ticket at the March meeting to take home this wonderful Johnson County basket of goodies donated by Sarah Lagasse, Sports & Leisure Sales Manager of Johnston County Visitors Bureau.  She is even throwing in a bottle of whiskey from a local brewery. The basket will be raffled off at the March meeting.


April 10, 2019 – NC Judicial Center – 901 Corporate Center Drive, Raleigh, NC 27607

Leadership Is Everybody’s Business presented by Kimberly Overton Spahos, Chief Resource Prosecutor, NC Conference of District Attorneys

May 16 – 17, 2019 Spring Conference

We are working diligently on the agenda.  Topics include: State Per Diem Rates – Where do the Numbers Come From; Catering on a Budget; Working with the Caterer; The Lead in Leadership. If you have suggestions for topics or speakers let us know.  Rooms will go quickly, so book them early. Our rate is good for check-in on 5/16/19 for one night and is $71.20 per night or only $99.99 with access to the waterpark for up to six people. If anyone with NCSGMP wants to stay an extra night at the Great Wolf Lodge on Tuesday or Friday our deeply discounted room rate is $129.99 (based on availability)!!  If you book for the Friday night, the CVB will also give tickets to the NC Education Lottery 200 (Truck Race) for that Friday night!! These rates are good until April 16, 2019 so get them while they’re hot!

Great Wolf Lodge
10175 Weddington Rd, Concord, NC 28027
Reservation code: 1905ANNU

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Membership Report

We could not have done it without you! Our North Carolina chapter is the 2nd Place winner for the Drive Momentum Recruitment Contest that wrapped up at the end of the year.  Our chapter will receive $300 for chapter programming. Let’s keep the ball rolling and invite new members!  We also want to keep our focus on retaining the members we have. If it has been a while since you have attended a meeting we would love to see you!  

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Johnston County

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Great Wolf Lodge

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Fayetteville CVB

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