President’s Message


 Danny Ellis, President

As we started 2021 and celebrated our retiring board members, Cindy Russell and John Townsend, at the Annual Meeting in January, I realized how quickly time passes.  It is amazing when you are part of a team like the North Gulf Coast Chapter Board of Directors, how the experience enhances and connects your career with your everyday life.  With this being my fourth year on the Board,  I see how the Board decisions enrich the lives of our members. 

Our strategy for 2021 is three-fold:  Designations, Onboarding, and Committees.  We plan to help our members obtain their CAI,CMCA, and Educated Business Partners designations by awarding scholarships to qualifying participants to defray the costs.  Our Onboarding goal is to offer New Member, New Board Member and Committee Members all the tools they need to be successful as a member of our chapter.  And lastly, our focus is on strengthening our Committees to move us forward in Education and Membership.   

Last year had challenges that have had lasting effects on all of us.  Our businesses and our personal lives were upended by the COVID pandemic.  We adjusted to new ways of working, shopping, and socializing.  Our chapter was not immune to COVID – we canceled over 75% of our in-person events.  I am proud of how President Patty Campbell and our Executive Director, Kathy Barber, kept us going with the debut of our new website and even a great Golf Outing in October.

I want to thank the members for all your support.  Our Membership continues to increase as we offer you more benefits and more resources.  For those of you who come to our lunch meetings, who write articles for our Newsletters, who ask how they can volunteer, and who present programs, I want to say thank you.  We couldn’t do it without you!

And I am especially grateful to our Sponsors, who help us as Chapter Sponsors, Conference & Expo Sponsors and Golf Sponsors.  I am happy to say that our members support us with their generosity and their vision to make North Gulf Coast Chapter one of the best in Florida.  I am proud to be a part of it.

I look forward to serving you as President this year and I look forward to working with this Board, our committees, and our members.  Please let me know if I can be of assistance to you.

Danny Ellis, President
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