What's the Point ...Really??
Whether you choose to connect with your colleagues through Regional Associations is, of course, your choice. I would however encourage you to consider the personal and professional benefits to being involved with your Regional Association. In these challenging times, the industry connections we have give us a competitive advantage.
When the Time is Right
By Peter Farman
Two years ago a friend and fellow board member asked me to write "my SAAGNY story." Like too many things in life I procrastinated doing this. I could give you many reasons why I did and most of them are valid.
I have always found it interesting in life when different worlds collide. I have typically kept my work life separate from my private life. I have not done this for any particular reason, I just have.
I am keenly aware that in the 22 years that I have been in this industry that we all take just one thing away with us at the end of our careers. That is our reputation. Sure, some of us might have worked hard enough to sock away a few dollars and be able to retire, others have made fortunes, and many have uncertain futures. Besides what I call "a few bucks," I have frequently thought about over the years what relationships do I take with me?
I have met some incredible people in this industry over the last two decades. Some of whom I even consider friends. I am also a realist. I have seen the following scenario happen hundreds of times. That "buyer" or "sales person" that is a gateway for someone to make a living is put on a pedestal while they help other people to earn a living. I wonder about the long line of people who (phonily) laugh at their jokes, tell them how good looking they are and "pretend" to be their friends... I wonder where this line of people will be when that person retires, changes jobs or careers and can no longer help them anymore.