by Ann Howard, Power Marketer Program Steward
NAMA members are a wonderful group of people, which is why it has been such a pleasure to serve NAMA as Membership Chair for the past couple of years.
What is it about NAMA that draws 300 inspiring people together?
1. NAMA members believe in the power of marketing as a discipline. Marketing is not another line item in the expense column of the income statement. It’s a mindset; an approach to business that focuses on the needs of the customer, without whom you don’t have a business. Everyone in NAMA gets that.
2. NAMA members are committed to personal and professional growth. Think about someone you’ve worked with who is coasting. Contrast that with someone who is committed to continuous improvement. Continuous Improvement people are great to be around because their knowledge and energy rubs off on us. And everyone around that person gets better. It’s an upward cycle.
3. NAMA members want the Nashville community to thrive. We believe that Nashville is bursting with talent and innovation, and that breakout success is imminent. Marketing will play a key role in that success, which becomes much more likely if we share ideas and inspire each other. Part of what’s great about our community is the “rising tide lifts all boats” mentality that leads to powerful collaboration. Nashville’s marketing community has already contributed thought leadership to the national marketing conversation. There’s more to come, and NAMA will play a central role.
4. NAMA members are willing to invest in order to receive. Nothing worth a damn is easy. Personal and professional growth requires effort – time, energy, and sometimes money. Joining the AMA requires a financial commitment, but also a commitment to utilize the resources available. NAMA Members are willing to give in order to get.
Here’s to you, NAMA members! I’m excited and honored to be a part of what’s next – with you.