President’s Letter 2019

President Emily Edler

To All Chapter Members,

Welcome to the National Contract Management Association, Cape Canaveral Chapter 2018-2019 program year!

The Chapter Board of Directors came up with another great program for this upcoming year.

While in recent years the Chapter has provided quality training, through monthly dinner workshops and our flagship event (whether it was a Winter Education Conference or a National Educational Seminar), this program year the Board has decided to continue what we started doing the past few years, including inviting top notch speakers from out of town for some of the monthly dinner workshops and providing a more robust flagship event. We have had record breaking numbers in terms of attendance for our NES the last two years and we intend to follow up on that momentum and promise to provide another educational conference that will be equally well received. We believe this continuing initiative is well worth the investment.

To that end, our National Education Seminar (NES) this chapter year will be held at the Harris Global Innovation Center on March 20, 2019. The topic will be “Pricing & Negotiating Commercial Item Contracts” and our instructor will be Roy Nyquist. You can find more information about that event on our website and via email blasts that are sent out periodically to our chapter membership.

In addition, we have heard from members that they would like more social and networking gatherings and events. Our Christmas gathering is a December Wine Tasting during the holidays at the Mansion in Melbourne. A golfing outing – not the full blown tournament that we hope to eventually get around to doing – is in the process of being formulated for the Spring, either for late March or April. Finally, our May Spring Social will be hosted on May 8, 2019 at The Florida Beer Company located at 200 Imperial Blvd, Cape Canaveral, FL 32920.
Did you know the Chapter has approximately 175 current members with close to 60 of our members holding a certification, which includes fifteen (15) Fellows? But, sadly, still only roughly fifteen percent (15%) of the membership is actively involved.

This year the Board is looking at ways to increase our membership, as well as volunteer participation and attendance rates. One way we will achieve this is through awareness, by posting the Board Officers, Chairpersons, and Program Year Calendar on the Chapter’s website. In doing so, you will be able to ask yourself, “How can I get involved?” and, “Which meetings am I interested in attending?” by reviewing all volunteer, training, and social networking opportunities.

I hope you are as excited as we are for this program year, as we continue to implement the initiatives described above, as well as share with you over the coming months further details for what is in store for our valued members.

Here’s to a great program year!

Emily Edler
NCMA, Cape Canaveral Chapter