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SEEKING SPONSORS

SEEKING  SPONSORS for GSA  MEETINGS
A Guide Based on Lessons Learned
NE-NC Pittsburgh 2011 Meeting

Focus on companies and corporations that are dependent on mineral and fuel resources: this also includes engineering and service organizations. For regional meetings select those that are within the area represented so that a local connection can be established.

I did not emphasize the benefits of sponsorship offered by GSA such as recognition in the printed program and the various levels of sponsorship based on the monetary amount pledged. Such an incentive may not work in most instances but it may be a factor for some companies. Perhaps someone at GSA  headquarters can survey the experiences of the various sections  to establish some guidelines as to the effectiveness of various approaches. It may be useful for GSA to have a clearinghouse for such information.

Maurice Deul
1300 Bower Hill Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
412-279-2332
e-mail:  mdeul@comcast.net


On a personal note:
For me it was truly a satisfying experience to seek sponsors and, as in all new endeavors, an opportunity to meet people and to test and broaden communication skills. It was a pleasure to work closely with our most effective PGS committee for the NE-NC GSA 2011 Meeting and to have met and worked with the GSA Staff, even if only briefly.

Maury