"Gathering together in the host city for our 2017 convention provided an opportunity for the NABJ board to have a site visit, meet and greet potential local partners and sponsors, and continue planning what promises to be one of our best conventions yet while conducting other organization business," said NABJ President Sarah Glover. "We're excited about the work the NABJ board and staff continues to do. Our organization is operating with a surplus budget, a newly released strategic plan, and goals with aligned measurements and tactics. This is a great time for NABJ!"
Highlights from the board meeting include:
- The NABJ Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, led by NABJ Founder William Dilday and NABJ Lifetime Member Dr. Sheila Brooks, outlined the committee's recommendations for future convention site selections following the NABJ Strategic Plan 2017-2020 directive. Based on past conventions and other performance metrics, the board accepted the committee's recommendation that identifies 10 cities for NABJ to explore as future convention sites. Although additional cities may bid through a Request for Proposal process and be considered, NABJ has identified 10 cities as locations likely to provide critical revenue generating opportunities for the organization and a successful convention experience for attendees. The 10 cities are:
- Atlanta, GA
- Chicago, IL
- Charlotte, NC*
- Dallas, TX
- Las Vegas, NV
- New Orleans, LA
- New York, NY
- Orlando, FL
- Philadelphia, PA
- Washington, DC
*To be considered only if discriminatory laws are repealed.
A formal Request for Proposal process for future conventions will be posted in the coming months. If NABJ partakes in a future joint convention with another association, NABJ will work with the partnering organization to develop a joint strategy regarding city location and convention goals.
- Convention highlights from NABJ Convention Chair Ryan Williams and NABJ Program Chair Ava Thompson Greenwell:
- The Program Committee received 166 workshop proposals from NABJ members. Among them were innovative and forward-thinking ideas for discussions that would appeal to all registrants. The vetting process for all submissions has begun and some approved sessions for the convention will be available on the NABJ website by the end of April.
- The Convention Schedule-at-a-Glance is currently available on the organization's website.
- Registration is under way for the convention. The #NABJ17 pre-registration deadline is June 1. Hotel reservations can also be made now.
NABJ Treasurer Greg Morrison detailed the organization's present healthy financial position -- $1.287 million projected surplus for 2016. The positive financial performance is due to critical financial decisions made by the NABJ leadership that enabled additional revenue opportunities and a more efficiently run organization.
Partnership opportunities for the 2017 NABJ Convention to be held Aug. 9-13 are still available. More information is provided on the NABJ website and interested parties should contact Development Consultant JoAnne Lyons Wooten at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: (Top) NABJ board members, NABJ Founder William Dilday and NABJ lifetime member Dr. Sheila Brooks hold up the organization's new three-year strategic plan at the 2017 spring NABJ board of directors meeting. (Above) NABJ President Sarah Glover poses with New Orleans guests and partners at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center in New Orleans on Friday. A special thank you to Hospitality Enterprises.
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