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“I always walk away from this conference so energized,” said Jamie Ninneman, CF APMP, 2018 Chair of APMP. In the APMP Bid & Proposal Con 2018 Conference Kick-off and Opening Keynote on May 16, Ninneman pointed out that attendees at the conference are surrounded by peers and friends who share the same challenges and goals as you do. He encouraged attendees to put themselves out there, ask the questions that really matter to them, share their challenges, and share their solutions. “There is strength in diversity. Different people with different perspectives lead to different insights,” Ninneman said, pointing out that everyone from all experience levels had opportunities to learn. “Most people, regardless of who you are and where you’re from, want to help.” Finally, he encouraged attendees to continue the connections and keep the lessons from Bid & Proposal Con long after the conference ends, by checking in with new colleagues and sharing new lessons with friends and organizations back home.
A few special awards were recognized at the conference opener as well, including the long-awaited 2018 class of APMP Fellows. This year, APMP received 28 nominations, which were reviewed blind by an independent panel of professionals. The newest APMP Fellows are:
- Isabelle Moritz, CF APMP Fellow, APMP UK chapter
- Neil Philipson, CP APMP Fellow, APMP South Africa chapter
- Janneke Orriens, CPP APMP Fellow, APMP Dutch chapter
- Krystn Gull, CPP APMP Fellow, California Chapter
Alan Goldberg of NAVAIR was recognized with the McRae Founder’s Award, which honors lifetime achievement in the industry. Goldberg talked about the importance of communication and how often miscommunication can cause problems. “What I’ve learned over the years is to not stand in your own bubble,” he said. “When you start looking at the other side, you realize there’s a bigger picture out there.”
APMP Executive Director Rick Harris also encouraged attendees to take the association’s new ethics survey, which is available on apmp.org. “We’ll use the data confidentially to measure our industry not just in the U.S. but worldwide,” said Harris. “It’s very important that we do this and look to where we are as an industry.” All members are encouraged to be timely in taking the 10-15 minute survey.
The Conference Kick-off & Opening Keynote was sponsored by the APMP California Chapter.