A Message from the SSC Chair (June 2021)
STATE SUPPLIERS: A Message from the SSC Chair
Suppliers Outlook Q2: It goes without saying that the last 15 months have been very trying as an industry, but especially as a supplier. Many events have been cancelled or pivoted to a virtual event, and in doing so, the level of sponsorships changed with it.
As the restrictions in North Carolina start to lift and everything getting as close to normal as we have been in a while, we hope that our ability to communicate, network and ultimately do business with our Owner/Operator members becomes easier to do. I recently attended the GCAA golf tournament, and it felt more “normal” than anything I have participated in lately. Being outdoors and spaced apart as teams and sponsor holes tend to be, it was a very comfortable environment to be in and we had plenty of opportunity to network with our industry friends.
I have experienced a lot of careful thought and concern from our association and its affiliates to give the companies who stood by their association the best exposure they can. It was not easy for everyone to keep their sponsorship dollars invested, but those that did will not go unnoticed.
When the Suppliers Council meets monthly, we discuss those opportunities and discuss how and if the affiliates are easing back to in person events. It is an opportunity to get firsthand knowledge on what is to come and where. We are also designing an event, albeit virtual, to get our names out there and share what products and services we have to offer our Owner/Operator members. We look for supplier leadership from all affiliates to join us in creating what WE think will drive interest and give us the platform to create an unbelievable event.
If you have not already made a guest appearance in the council, or even joined up with us, please consider it. This is our time to shine and bring back the visibility we all want.
As Chair of the council, please feel free to reach out to me directly with any questions. We could really use your creative minds and experience and leadership.
Looking forward to a great Q3!
Chair, State Suppliers Council