Posted September 27, 2011
The APMP Chesapeake Chapter hosted its second chapter
meeting in the Baltimore Metro area, August 24th at the Crowne Plaza
Hotel in Timonium, Maryland. Featured speaker, Mike Parkinson from 24 Hour
Company, gave a presentation that identified the Top 10 Websites for Low-Cost
Proposal Graphics. He is an APMP Fellow and Shipley Trainer, as well as a
published and award winning author. Mr. Parkinson recently received the APMP
2011 Insight Award for article of the year.
Chapter Chair Jessica Morgenstern started the meeting with a
greeting to attendees and an introduction of chapter officers and committee
members. She thanked people for attending and noted the importance of meeting
"I want to remind everyone and stress how important it is for
us to meet here,” Ms. Morgenstern said. "We reactivated this chapter to meet
the proposal and business development
acquisition lifecycle-related needs of professionals in the local Chesapeake region, which
includes Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Anne Arundel County, Howard County,
Frederick, and the Eastern Shore. I hope that you will
continue to support these programs.”
Mr. Parkinson described his presentation as aimed towards
proposal professionals who have "little to no money or little to no time” to
complete their proposals. In his introduction to the topic, he provided an
interesting insight to human nature. "We are intensely visual creatures. We are
affected more by what we see than any of our other senses.”
Mr. Parkinson provided a myriad of information about the
websites, prices, types of graphics, and comparisons of the value received
based on graphics choices. Mr. Parkinson’s personable nature, humor, and
technical knowledge of graphics made the presentation fast-moving and attention
At one point Mr. Parkinson gave the audience laymen’s
definitions for comparing Vector graphics, stored as mathematical expressions, and
Raster graphics, stored as pixel expressions.
"Vector graphics,” he said, "are scalable and maintain their
sharpness when resized. Rasters are less scalable and lose some sharpness when
resized. Most free sites offer raster graphics.” He explained that it was important
for proposal professionals to recognize that difference and the impact it could
have on wins.
Edna Cummings, the chapter’s Program Committee Chair,
commented on the meeting’s success, "We had a great speaker and an enthusiastic
crowd; Mike really connected with the audience,” she said.
The Chapter’s meeting included hors d'oeuvres and a social
hour. Attendees mingled, networked, and exchanged stories of the peculiarities
of the proposal business.
Chesapeake Chapter Hosts First General Member's Meeting
Posted August 11, 2011
The recently reactivated APMP Chesapeake Chapter held its first general membership meeting at Fort Meade’s Club Meade, on 29 June 2011. The business meeting combined an election to approve the chapter officers and a Base Realignment and Closure Panel discussion that addressed several new organizations coming to Fort Meade.
Chapter Chair, Jessica Morgenstern called for the election and introduced the chapter’s officers: Jack Frost, chapter vice-chair; Edna Cummings, program chair; Ali Paskun, communications committee chair; Joe Latta, membership committee chair; Janel Kennedy, treasurer; and Angela Hutchins, secretary. Nominations followed, and the general membership voted unanimously to approve all chapter officers. Ms. Morgenstern also introduced several non-office holding members from the chapter’s committees.
After lunch, the panel members began their briefings and the question and answer discussion. The panel included William Wittman, the BRAC program specialist at Fort Meade’s Plans, Analysis and Integration Office; Anthony Jackson, deputy director, DISA Office of Small Business Programs, and Jean Friedberg, regional transportation coordinator, Fort Meade Regional Growth Management Committee. The three members represented Fort Meade and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), and all are intimately familiar with the schedule, goals, and challenges of moving DISA and other agencies onto facilities at the base and business opportunities related to the moves.
As a BRAC program specialist, Mr. Wittman prepares guidance and procedures established by BRAC public laws, executive orders, and Department of Defense and Department of the Army directives and regulations. He informed the group that DISA, Defense Mapping Agency, and Defense/Military Adjudication Activities will move onto Fort Meade in August. He and fellow planners are addressing the road conditions with several options like van and car pools, shuttle bus and public transportation combinations, and some high-tech methods. They are considering options to monitor gate traffic and get real-time gate waiting times to arriving employees.
"Don’t approach DISA looking for a contract; approach DISA to provide solutions to a problem,” said Anthony Jackson. Along with that advice, he provided a great deal of insight into the small business programs the agency offers to prospective vendors and contractors. He stressed that small businesses should not hesitate to submit proposals because DISA is responding to aggressive goals set by higher authorities, and more submissions increase their chances of reaching those goals. He encouraged Chesapeake Chapter members to attend DISA’s industry days since they provide the opportunity to schedule follow-on meetings with government project managers.
Jean Friedberg described the impact of the BRAC moves on the region and how different entities share transportation resources. His group focuses on strategic management and business planning for real estate and community development, transportation, hospitality, and other aspects of growth. One key fact influencing his committee’s planning is it expects 70,000 people in the area surrounding Fort Meade workforce by 2020.
The next meeting of the APMP Chesapeake Chapter is being held on Wednesday, 24 August 2011, at the Crowne Plaza in Timonium, MD beginning at 5:30 pm. Mike Parkinson, AF.APMP will speak on the "Top Ten Websites for Low-Cost Proposal Graphics.” Mike Parkinson is an internationally recognized visual communications expert and APMP Fellow. He is a partner at 24 Hour Company (24hrco.com) specializing in bid-winning proposal graphics. His Billion Dollar Graphics Website (BillionDollarGraphics.com),BizGraphics On Demand Website (BizGraphicsOnDemand.com), and Billion Dollar Business Graphics book share best practices and helpful tools with proposal professionals.
To register, contact Edna Cummings at firstname.lastname@example.org.