President’s Letter July 2013

August marks the end of sum­mer as well as the end of SMPS’s board year. The pur­pose of this let­ter is to share some reflec­tions on the past year and pro­vide a look ahead to the next few months. At the end of year serv­ing as SMPS San Diego Pres­i­dent, I am pleased with our pos­i­tive momen­tum and with the progress we con­tin­ue to make toward achiev­ing our vision to Share the Past. Build the Future. What an enjoy­able jour­ney this has been!

I cred­it all of our suc­cess to the 2012–2013 Board Mem­bers and Com­mit­tee Mem­bers. The active engage­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion of com­mit­tees is rare in many pro­fes­sion­al orga­ni­za­tions, and on behalf of the Board of Direc­tors, I would like to thank the com­mit­tees for their con­tri­bu­tions to SMPS. We would have not been as suc­cess­ful with­out all of their ded­i­ca­tion and enthu­si­asm.

The Offi­cers this year con­sist­ed of myself, Kel­ly Micha­jlenko-Pres­i­dent Elect, Antoinette Sanchez-Imme­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent, Cindy Hill-Sec­re­tary, and Brie Page-Trea­sur­er.  Each one of these ladies has gone above and beyond to make this year suc­cess­ful.

The Pro­gram Com­mit­tee, chaired by Brett Williams and Paul King, host­ed the month­ly lun­cheons with sev­er­al inter­est­ing top­ics which dou­bled our atten­dance in the last year.

The Edu­ca­tion Com­mit­tee, chaired by Shiloh Sprig­gs and Kristie Bevac­qua, lead senior lev­el edu­ca­tion­al events to this year’s cal­en­dar includ­ing the Mag­ness lead­er­ship, and pre­sen­ta­tion train­ing sem­i­nars.

The Accom­mo­da­tions Com­mit­tee, chaired by Cather­ine McCul­lough and Bree Tsan­iff, pro­vid­ed an array of fab­u­lous meals, smil­ing faces, and nametags at all our events. Bree has tak­en on the new Awards Gala which will be such a suc­cess this year!

The Mem­ber­ship Com­mit­tee, chaired by Megan Todd and Han­sol An, cre­at­ed con­tin­u­ous ben­e­fits to our mem­bers and increased our mem­ber­ship this year.

The Pro­fes­sion­al Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee, chaired by NK Mbaya and Alex Hig­gins, main­tained the library and job bank, start­ing the net­work­ing groups, and the Mentor/Protégé pro­gram.

The Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mit­tee, chaired by Mary­lou Flan­ders and Suzanne Clem­mer, pro­vid­ed you our quar­ter­ly newslet­ter which includes trends, news, and indus­try infor­ma­tion.

The Media Com­mit­tee, chaired by Vik­ki Ott, shared our events and news on a reg­u­lar basis to give you up to date infor­ma­tion so you don’t miss any of our excit­ing pro­grams and increased our blog, LinkedIn, Twit­ter, and Face­book audi­ence. 

The Golf Tour­na­ment Com­mit­tee, chaired by Jeff Rank and Rachel Gon­za­lez, lead the charge on our famous Annu­al Golf tour­na­ment, we had a very suc­cess­ful year and was able to give a size­able dona­tion to The Com­mu­ni­ty Project: Ethiopia.

The Pacif­ic Region­al Con­fer­ence Liai­son, chaired by Evan Ross, head­ed up pro­grams for the SMPS Pacif­ic Region­al Con­fer­ence, Con­flu­ence, which was held on Feb­ru­ary 20–22 in Port­land, Ore­gon.  This con­fer­ence brought over 200 atten­dees from 10 SMPS Pacif­ic chap­ters. Evan also head­ed up the new “Lever­age your Bev­er­age” series which was a huge suc­cess this year!

The Spon­sor­ship Com­mit­tee, chaired by Jeff Stein and Bruce Win­er, pro­mot­ed every event to those who were will­ing to receive the added ben­e­fit to spon­sor. We had a record spon­sor­ship year!      

As we approach year-end, we once again thank you for your ongo­ing ded­i­ca­tion and gen­eros­i­ty. We are con­tin­u­al­ly inspired by our member’s com­mit­ment to our orga­ni­za­tions and wish every­one all the best. It has been my hon­or to serve as your pres­i­dent.  I am sign­ing off but not sign­ing out.  SMPS has giv­en so much to me that I will con­tin­ue giv­ing back for years to come.

Cari­na Theis­sen

SMPS San Diego Pres­i­dent


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