President’s Corner – September, 2015

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As NEO STC begins a new season of programs and other activities, I thank all the committees and dedicated volunteers for an information-packed transition. Everyone came to the small group meetings with enthusiasm and new ideas; we are off to a great start for another award-winning year!

When I first began working in the business world, my company was still sending paper memos through an inter-office mail system. If someone did not receive a response within a couple of days, I probably got a phone call or a knock on the door. Now, it is not unusual to get over a hundred emails a day and that does not even include my personal e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, photo sites and other social media that I use. With an avalanche of information coming in and everyone expecting an immediate response, things can quickly spin out of control.

So, when I thought about the goals I wanted to achieve as president of NEO STC, I realized this would be the perfect occasion for our members to learn more about social media, how to use it and manage it better, and how businesses and other groups use it to communicate with their customers and members. Who knows, gaining more knowledge about social media might lead to new career opportunities! In the upcoming months, be sure to check the award-winning NEO STC newsletter, Lines & Letters, for more information about getting started with the various social media platforms.

To start off our 2015-2016 season, join us on Thursday, September 10, 2015 for “Tips for Technical Illustration” presented by Tricia Spayer. Be sure to check out the list of events at to register for the presentation.

Best regards,
Brian E. Smith
NEO STC, Chapter President