Letter From the President

Dear NATCAP Members,

Happy Summer!  Your NATCAP Chapter Board met over the July 22nd weekend at the newly renovated Hunt Valley Inn.  In addition to experiencing a fantastic venue, we discussed our upcoming NATCAP year, and I am excited to share some of the Chapter plans and board changes with you.



  • We are pleased to announce that Tom Albrecht from the Detroit Metro CVB has joined the Board and will be serving as the Supplier Director and liaison to the Outreach Committee.   Sean Wilkerson, our Immediate Past President, and Bernard Howe, our previous Supplier Director, both resigned in June to focus on their new positions at their respective offices.    We wish them much success and hope to see them at a NATCAP event this fall. 
  • The fall season is falling into place!   Check out this terrific lineup and some social time in there too!   Registration for both our August and September monthly meetings are now open.   In October, we will be co-hosting a golf tournament with HSMAI.  Suppliers, we have several terrific sponsorship opportunities still available.  Let me or Cheryl Gordon know if you want more details.   

Date and Event



Registration Link

Breakfast Meeting 
8:00 AM on Tuesday,
August 16, 2016

Natalie Jones, Deputy Chief,  Office of the Chief of Protocol, Department of State

DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Silver Spring, MD

Register now

Evening Meeting and Reception
5:00 PM on Wednesday,
September 21, 2016

Garland Preddy, CGMP, Director of Education, SGMP

Courtyard Chevy Chase, Chevy Chase, MD

Register now

Charity Golf Tournament
1:00 PM on Tuesday,
October 18, 2016


Westfields Marriott, Chantilly, VA

Registration Opens August 18, 2016

Evening Meeting and Reception and Dinner Cruise
5:30 PM on Wednesday,
November 16, 2016

James Spellos, President, Meeting U

Experience Grand Rapids - Spirit of Washington

Washington, D.C.

Registration Opens September 16, 2016


  • We are so grateful to the hotels and sponsors listed above and we have more opportunities to sponsor or host meetings this winter and spring. Check the website for the RFP or contact me.
  • Have you heard about many of the recent changes at SGMP at the national level?  We are looking forward to having Rob Coffman, the Immediate Past President of SGMP, at our August meeting to share an update on the transition from a headquarters staff to the new association management company, Ascent Management. 
  • We are excited to introduce a revamped member recognition program to highlight the contributions of suppliers and planners each quarter!   I look forward to sharing more with you about this program at our August Meeting. 
  • Devil is in the Details – Understanding your Membership: 
    • Make sure you login into the SGMP National website: www.sgmp.org and check your membership renewal dates!  It is critical to renew on time to avoid lapses in membership.  Snail-mail notices are no longer sent and many times reminder emails can get snagged by your email filters! Lost your login or perhaps your membership has lapsed?  Contact Michelle Milligan, SGMP President, at michelle.milligan@3rdcc.org or 313-833-2830 to request a new one. 
    • NATCAP Chapter Website:  Keep in mind that NATCAP has a separate chapter website, www.sgmpnatcap.org and database.  After you join SGMP (National) and indicate that NATCAP is your “home” chapter, your information comes to us and Erika Noyes, the NATCAP Membership Chair, makes sure you get a welcome email with your NATCAP Chapter Login information.  You will need this login to register for Chapter Events. Need a NATCAP Login?  Contact Erika Noyes at membership@sgmpnatcap.orgBe sure to include your SGMP National membership number when requesting your login information. 


We appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you at a Chapter event soon!

All the best,

Jesse Strauss, CMP, CGMP


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