Happy New Year Nor'easters!!

2017 is behind us and I hope everyone was able to enjoy their holidays...though in our line of work I am willing to bet that some of us spent the holidays working on an RFP that is due just days into the new year. Check out this LinkedIn post talking about just this instance.

I am not usually one for New Year's resolutions, as they are often broken within the first 30 days of the new year; however, this year I am making an exception. My New Year's resolution is to make this the best year for the Nor'easters and our members. We have had a good couple of years: hosting Bid & Proposal Con here in Boston in 2016 and our first joint expo with the Liberty Chapter in 2017.

How are we going to make 2018 better? Take chances, I find that the biggest rewards also have some risk associated with them. We are going to do things that may fail, and that is okay, we are going to challenge ourselves to better our professional capabilities, we are going to look at everything we do and cut out what isn't working, improve upon what is successful and try new things.

Some initial ideas that I am thinking about...our regional meet-ups were not very successful, those who attended had a good time and met other, local proposal professionals, but the majority indicated they were not looking for simply social activities. So in 2018 I am looking to roll out regional roundtables - locally based topical discussions and sharing of best practices essential to our industry. We will be looking for local volunteers to host these roundtables at their organizations (conference room) and the Chapter will either bring in refreshments or take everyone out for refreshments afterwards.

One of the challenges we face is finding a location that is central enough to the majority of our members, but also not so far away from any of our members that no one attends. Recognizing this fact and the weather we are often faced with in the winter months the Nor'easters will be hosting more webinars in 2018 than in previous years. We want to make sure we are providing beneficial information to as many of you as we can and to get the broadest reach we will be looking to webinars to help reach out to all of you.

We will continue to offer in person dinners with speakers, but I am going to ask you for some help here too...what do you want to hear?  What topics are you most interested in? So if there is someone you have heard and want to share them with the Chapter let us know, if you have something you want to share with everyone put an abstract together and send it our way. The way we are going to make 2018 better than ever before is TOGETHER.  We, all of us, are the Nor'easters and we are capable of great things!

Finally, we have some vacancies and some board positions that are up for election this year, typically we do this in December and admittedly the month got away from me before we could do a good job with the elections, without running smack into the middle of the holidays.  So I figured better to wait until after the holidays.  The positions up for election will be listed on our website and in our newsletter.  Please consider joining the Nor'easters Board of Directors and together we can...

Be outstanding,



Do you have great ideas for the future of the Nor'easters?

Are you a proposal professional who is looking for a chance to have a say in the direction their association is going? Would you like to give back to the profession who has given us so much (late nights, missed weekends, affection for pizza, a group of peers unlike any other in the world)? If you want to make a difference and help make Nor'easters be outstanding then I encourage you to run for one of the positions up for election this year.

If you are interested in running, please send me an email (mike.walsh@ey.com) before January 19th, 2018 indicating what position/positions you are interested in (you can run for more than one, however, you can only hold one position...not that you would want to hold more), please provide your professional background and any professional certifications you have attained, and finally a candidate statement indicating why you think you would be the right choice for the role (not too long...think Executive Summary...3 key points...and did I mention brief :-) )

If you would like to talk about commitments and board activities prior to deciding, please reach out via email and we can set up a time to chat.

President (Mike Walsh, incumbent - running for reelection)

  • Provide the vision and direction for the local chapter

  • Take general charge, supervision, and authority over the property, affairs and business of the chapter and its officers

  • Conduct monthly officer meetings. Initiate the meeting agendas; establish and communicate the meeting location and time; ensure all officers and committees routinely report on activities; track action items from each meeting

  • Prepare chapter business announcements for each chapter meeting including introducing new members, announcing upcoming events, and conducting special recognition

  • Ensure that all important events and association business are reported to chapter members

  • Maintain co-signature check signing responsibility with Treasurer and serve in his/her absence to ensure bills are promptly paid

  • Serve as a point of contact with other regional chapters, regional directors and the national association for chapter communication and co-sponsored events


Secretary (Jon Myerov, incumbent - undecided if running) 

  • Provide minutes of officer meetings to the chapter chairs / APMP international BOD

  • Provide chapter meeting minutes to Web/Publicity Chair for posting on the Nor'easters web site

  • Supply and collect sign-in sheet for chapter meetings

  • Provide the officers and the international organization with a semi-annual / annual report and list of meeting attendees for affiliation credits


Event Venue Director (Valerie Brodsky, not running for relection)

  • Research, plan, and coordinate appropriate venues for chapter meetings and special events

  • Communicate venue options and details with Board members to foster informative and cost-conscious decisions

  • Manage, coordinate, and verify venue contracts and statements for accuracy and completeness

  • Work with the Treasurer to ensure prompt payment and coordination with venue POC


Membership Director (currently vacant)

  • Encourage and promote membership in the chapter and APMP at various chapter activities

  • Provide marketing and membership information to potential new members

  • Maintain and update the chapter roster of all current members

  • Coordinate membership rosters with the international organization each month

  • Provide an up-to-date membership mailing list to officers or fulfillment personnel on a recurring basis for mailings such as the e-newsletter, special invitations, etc., as well as for chapter web site library access

  • Send (or cause to be sent) an individual welcoming message to each new member. Provide new member list to the President to ensure that new members are especially welcomed and identified at the first chapter meeting they attend

  • Coordinate activities with other officers to ensure retention of existing members and promotion of new membership


Sponsorship Director (currently vacant)

  • Ensure positive, mutually beneficial relationships between chapter sponsors, the chapter, and the membership

  • Conduct regular meetings or briefings with sponsors to exchange ideas; share news, trends, concerns and opportunities; and ensure that sponsors are taking full advantage of their sponsorship package benefits

  • Conduct a special “strategy meeting” 3-6 months in advance of the Chapter's annual symposium

  • Seek to elevate current sponsors to higher-level sponsorship opportunities

  • Review sponsorship levels annually to ensure that sponsorship offerings match needs

  • Target a set number of companies (TBD) to approach for sponsorship; with the full Board of Directors, develop the strategy for bringing on new sponsors

  • Communicate with other APMP chapters to share ideas on sponsorship programs

I hope that you will consider running...I mean it when I say that this is our chapter and I look forward to your enthusiasm to make the Nor'easters better than ever