To all our wonderful SME Members and friends, it has been a privilege and honor serving the Sales and Marketing Executives this past year as the board president. I cannot hardly believe the one year term is coming to close and it is time to pass the gavel on to our president-elect, Russ Cobb; I am sure he will do a really great job.
As I reflect on the past year, I was encouraged to note some significant events in our organization as well as in my own professional life. Our guest speakers brought a wide variety of knowledge, life stories, and each made positive impact on the group as a whole. Membership is down slightly although I observed many members (myself included) take advantage of the close-knit group to develop new relationships with other members in SME; this will no doubt create positive ripple effects for years to come.
Unfortunately, however, I was quite disappointed to have SME Live postponed and both May and June 2020 meetings cancelled. It is truly the highlight of my month to get together at TCC for great food, fellowship, friendship, and professional growth. For this reason, my anticipation level of attending the next meeting in September is high.
As a parting note, I would offer this challenge: Open up your membership directory, select one person per month, and take that individual out to lunch or even just call to say hello to a fellow SME member. If you are not already doing this, I believe you will be surprised at the growth of you professional and personal friendships.
I wish everyone a wonderful summer 2020 and look forward to seeing you through the summer and especially at our September 2020 meeting!
Stephen E. Osborne