By Scott Manning, FASPR, ASPR President
As I write this article, it’s July in Phoenix, AZ — and summer has arrived in full force. We had a record heat wave last weekend with temperatures in excess of 110 degrees (and to top it off my AC unit is on the fritz!). However, in most areas of the country, warm summer weather is a welcome change as outdoor activities increase, backyard barbecues are popular, snow blowers are put into hibernation and all in all, a sunny disposition is had by all (pun intended).
The summer months also signal the arrival of my favorite event of the year, the ASPR Annual Conference. This year’s conference is being held on the West Coast for the first time. We are invading the city of Los Angeles, CA, for our annual get-together. The city of L.A. and the state of California scream out summertime fun. They are known for warm weather, ocean breezes, sunny days, beaches and an outdoor lifestyle. While we visit the city, I hope each of you takes some time to explore the city, see the sights and enjoy the weather.
The conference is my favorite event because it is the one time each year I get the chance to connect personally with my colleagues from around the country. It is a time to renew old acquaintances and begin new ones. The network and friendships you develop within ASPR are (in my opinion) worth the price of attending by themselves. I can’t begin to put a price tag on the value of these relationships.
Educationally, the conference is again packed with great speakers and interesting topics that make it an outstanding learning experience for both the most seasoned recruiter as well as the rookie. The conference planning committee has once again exceeded expectations and has assembled what I believe to be the best slate of speakers and topics ever. My hat is off to 2012 Education Committee Co-Chairs Allen Kram and Joelle Hennesey and all the committee members. The work they put in over a 10-month period allows the rest of us to attend and enjoy an outstanding event.
Thank You and Congratulations on a Job Well Done!
I hope all of you are able to attend this year’s conference. As my esteemed predecessor, Brett Walker stated, it is ASPR’s Super Bowl! I look forward to seeing you there.