January 2014: Preview of the year from Dave MacDonald

I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe that a new year is almost upon us. Ready or not, though, here it comes.

Before we hang our new calendars, however, I would like to take this opportunity to briefly reflect back on 2013 and look ahead to what’s in store for 2014.

The past 12 months have been extremely busy, but very productive ones for your NC Triangle chapter. Between our professional development offerings, and our “happy hour” social events, we tried to cover a variety of topics and offer multiple opportunities for you to expand your network of friends and colleagues.

If however, you did not find something of interest to you in 2013, please let us know. Your feedback – positive and negative – is extremely helpful and very much appreciated.

Your chapter’s board has never been stronger that it was in 2013.

Bigger and better than ever before, your vice presidents and directors – all volunteers, of course – are talented and dedicated professionals, representing a variety of companies across the Triangle, and a variety of roles and responsibilities within the communications profession.

I feel extremely fortunate to have had the privilege to work with such a great group of people. Artfully juggling their IABC roles with the demands of their jobs and families, they have dedicated countless hours to making sure that you find value in your IABC memberships.

With my two-year term as president ending in June, I take considerable comfort in knowing that our chapter is in very capable hands going forward. Incoming President Lisa Arney and her board will build on the foundations we have laid and take this chapter to exciting new heights.

If you have any interest in getting involved with the board in some capacity, please contact me or Lisa, or any current board member, for more information. My time on the board has been a very gratifying and enriching experience, and I’m confident you’d feel the same way as well.

We have an exciting slate of speakers and events lined up for the first half of 2014, and I encourage you to play around on our new-and-improved chapter website to learn more about what’s on tap.

Hal Weatherman, Chief of Staff to Lt. Governor Dan Forest, kicks things off Tuesday, Jan. 14, with a presentation titled “Delivering your message above the noise: Successful political PR” at Midtown Grille in Raleigh. I hope to see you there.

In conclusion, I hope you and your family members enjoyed a very safe and happy end to the holiday season, and I wish you a great start to the new year. I look forward to working for you, and with you, in the months ahead.

Warm regards,
David MacDonald
President, NC Triangle Chapter