A Message from Our Chairperson
For many of us, 2017 brought a lot of change and uncertainty. I think it's more important than ever to maintain professional and personal networks. APMP for me, is one of my most important networks. It reminds me to focus on what I can control, helps me pause and remember the basics, maintains the professionalization of my position, and provides me with support. Knowing there is an entire group of people who also share my work life challenges is very comforting. I know I'm not the only one who struggles with international calls in the middle of the night; I'm not the only one under deadline pressure; and I'm not the only one with too much work and not enough hours in the day. I value this association because it is the one place where everyone really understands my challenges. Even my family doesn't fully understand my role or the stress of my position, but you do. I truly believe it takes a special (some might think crazy) type of person who enjoys, and even thrives, working on proposals. We are an elite group, and I credit a lot of my success to the benefits of being involved in APMP with all of you.
On December 15th 2016, the Carolinas Chapter Board met to discuss programs for the 2017 calendar. We plan to provide a mix of networking opportunities, webinars, and dinner programs for you throughout the year. If you have ideas for additional programs, know of potential presenters, or would like to speak at an event yourself, please contact our program chair Emily Sweitzer.
Informal networking opportunities. These networking opportunities provide you an opportunity to forge and cement strong relationships with other proposal professionals. If you are interested in organizing an event in your area, please contact us. We can help you.
Webinars. To ensure we meet the needs of our geographically dispersed membership, our virtual programs allow us to hear from international experts in a wide variety of relevant fields. These programs have proven to be quite popular.
Dinner programs. Our dinner meetings provide an opportunity to network with colleagues and to hear from featured speakers. Speakers at these meetings have included proposal experts who offer best practices as well as bring us back to basics, behavioral experts who provide tips on dealing with diverse teams (and challenging personalities), communication specialists, accreditation liaisons, and customer panels who give us a look at life from the other side.
Wellness and charity. These events not only give members a chance to share and learn how to cope with professional challenges and stress, but also help provide donations to our communities.
Co-sponsor of the Southern Proposal Accents Conference (SPAC). Each year the Carolinas Chapter proudly co-sponsors one of APMP's leading regional conferences, SPAC, with the Georgia Chattahoochee and Florida Sunshine Chapters. Planning for this annual conference is year round and the results show. This one-day event packs a big bang for your buck and draws professionals from across the U.S. If you are interested in getting involved as a SPAC volunteer, contact Jennifer Karnitschnig.
Service on the Board of Directors:
New this year, we have identified Regional Co-Chairs to support us with reaching our membership more broadly. Our membership is spread out across the Carolinas, so we would like to foster programs that might allow you to participate more. Jim Curtis and Cynthia Braden have joined us to represent the Charlotte area. We look forward to working with them on providing programs in the Charlotte area. If you are interested in getting involved as a committee member for the Carolinas Chapter, please contact me. We are always looking for new recruits. If you would like to become a member of this chapter, please contact Laura Snyder, our Membership Chair. If you are already a member living in the Carolinas, but have not yet affiliated with the Carolinas Chapter, please do so. (Laura can help you with this as well.) We'd love to have you join our 140+ member chapter. Our membership is representative of different industries and roles within the business development continuum.
Membership gives you access to the APMP International's website, which contains a host of valuable resources including the APMP Body of Knowledge, resources related to certification, electronic copies of APMP publications, a job bank, a speakers' bureau, and the opportunity to network with other proposal management, business development and capture management professionals. Of course, there is also the Bid & Proposal Con held annually at different nationwide locations, including New Orleans in June of this year. This conference is attended by over 6,000 members of the proposal management/business development profession from around the world.
We hope you will join us,
Andrea "Andy" Turner, Carolinas Chapter, CP APMP
Carolina Chapter Officer Positions
Board of Directors
- Co-Chair: Andrea (Andy) Turner
- Co-Chair: Meg Dwyer
- Special Events/SPAC Chair: Jennifer Karnitschnig
- Regional Co-Chair (Charlotte): Jim Curtis
- Regional Co-Chair (Charlotte): Cynthia Braden
- Regional Co-Chair (Charleston): Ginny Carson
- Communications Chair: Lee McFadden
- Membership & Recruitment Chair: Laura Snyder
- Programs: Emily Sweitzer
- Secretary: Brittney Kendrick
- Treasurer: Melissa (Mel) Proctor
- Social Media: Jennifer DeLeon
- Webmaster: David Belton
- Founding Director and APMP Fellow: David Sotolongo