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Now comprising more than 2,000 organizations, AFCEA’s corporate membership program is growing both in the United States and internationally. Many corporate members find their block of corporate associate memberships to be the most valuable corporate member benefit. These company-owned individual memberships allow member organizations to develop relationships throughout the worldwide AFCEA International network of more than 120 chapters. And, the participation of individual corporate associate members in the events and activities at local chapters strengthen these relationships.
The talents Eric Schneider brings to AFCEA all started with making extra money as a disc jockey in this family’s nightclubs in south Florida, where he also helped bands set up and ran the sound board for them. Now, he’s the go-to person in the Montgomery Chapter whenever audio-visual assistance is needed.
This crazy mixture of digital natives and digital immigrants has everyone flummoxed. Generations X and Y understand that businesses functioned BI, or Before Internet; Generation Z can’t imagine how that could be possible. Simultaneously, the baby boomer generation is busy trying to catch up with the latest in technology on an almost hourly basis lest they be left behind. That wouldn’t be cool.
Many people have heard the token dinner party question: “If you could trade places with any person for one week, who would it be?” But few people would reflect on the past to find their answer. Lt. Col. David W. Landry, USAF (Ret.), would step into the shoes of George Washington, specifically during Christmas week of 1783 when the founding father abdicated his position as commander in chief.
Remember a time without cell phones? It wasn’t all that long ago when communicating with someone other than the people in the room was only possible from home, the office or a telephone booth. For better and worse, those days are long gone.
One look at any professional’s calendar illustrates just how much they must love meetings. After all, it’s a pretty good bet that there are meetings scheduled for Monday morning, late Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday at lunch and again at 3 p.m. Thursday looks open, but Friday has three meetings … morning, noon and night. Important information is disseminated during these gatherings, and the work sitting on their desks and computer screens couldn’t possibly be as important as the insights they’ll gain from their co-workers during a three-hour meeting, right?
Leadership, mentoring, networking and fundraising—just a handful of the skills that helped Colleen Dilly achieve success both in her career and in her position with the Central Maryland Chapter. As director of recruiting for Data Computer Corporation of America, she works to attract talented individuals and match their skills with job opportunities. This ability to build a strong team shines through in her role as leader of the chapter’s annual Race for Excellence 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run.
AFCEA currently has more than 125 chapters and subchapters in more than 30 countries worldwide. These chapters are usually located near government and military installations, providing a convenient place where industry and government can meet in an ethical forum to discuss government’s technology needs and industry’s solutions.
Digital immigrants have observed that digital natives, thanks to speed dial, don’t even bother to memorize phone numbers—the practice is not even on their radars. The immigrants needn’t worry. Another more crucial memory game has become an annoying, yet necessary, part of communicating: passwords. Whether opening a browser, checking email or shopping online, two pieces of information are required and should be memorized: username and password. Yelling “Open Sesame” at your computer, smartphone or tablet for access will not work. I’ve tried it.
Through AFCEA, corporate members benefit from a high degree of visibility in the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence and information technology military and government arenas. This visibility creates the opportunity to network, build relationships, exchange information and contribute to ongoing discussion. Corporate membership has doubled in the past five years—now topping 2,000—because of these benefits, but in addition to the somewhat intangible value of visibility, corporate members enjoy more concrete financial benefits.
Lt. Col. Joseph “Jay” Rose, USA (Ret.), says he wouldn’t change anything about his life, but his service in the military and techno-savvy contributions to AFCEA’s Tampa-St. Petersburg Pelican Chapter certainly have changed the lives of many others. From his 21 years in the Army Signal Corps—about half of which were spent supporting special operations forces—to a complete revamp of his chapter’s use of Web technologies, Col. Rose’s focus has not been on finding an easy way out but rather an easier way into accomplishing a mission.
To bring solutions and ideas closer to centers of expertise, AFCEA International will offer three new regional events in 2012. Although focused on the land forces—the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps—members from all five U.S. military services as well as coalition partners will be invited to participate.