Message from DEMA: Elevating the Industry & the Profession of Private Service
Happy New Year! We hope that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. As DEMA looks back at 2011 with many fond memories we are excited to look forward in 2012. This year will be a defining year for the association as the membership sets out to accomplish another year of many firsts’ for the Private Service Community. So, we have decided to get everything started with a bang by announcing our first convention! Join our Private Service Professional, Vendor, Affiliate, Placement Agency, School & Educator members for the DEMA 2012 Convention in Los Angeles at the Sheraton LAX on September 28th, 29th & 30th. Be sure to save the date and purchase your convention tickets as soon as they go on sale the first week of February.
We have an exciting event planned with fantastic speakers, educational workshops, break-out sessions and plenty of networking with the best professionals the industry has to offer. We even have a few Principals that will be speaking & sharing their thoughts on employee communication and their service level expectations! Be sure to follow us on all of our social media & our website to stay up to date on all the happenings as they unfold for the convention.
Podcast Library Update
You can now begin to listen to DEMA LIVE! on a weekly basis starting in 2012 as we roll out our interview series featuring leaders in the Private Service Industry. Be sure to look for our special series that we will dedicate to the 2012 DEMA Convention where we highlight our presenters and workshop educators.
In this week’s show we interview Jill Smirl from Mom’s Best Friend Agency in Aspen, Colorado.
Upcoming January Events
Attend a meeting in your area and feel the heartbeat of the industry! No matter how digital our society becomes you cannot replace “face-to-face” networking.
DEMA has created a safe haven for you to network and learn from your peers in many locations throughout the United States. In fact, we have plans to open many new chapters again this year!
In the first quarter of 2012 we will open chapters in: Atlanta, Aspen, Denver, Greenwich/Westchester, Naples & Seattle. DEMA is actively looking for leaders in Private Service to run these chapters and help get them started, please inquire about the benefits of leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org
DEMA Membership: Connecting the Dots & Celebrating the Relationships of 2011
Each year we like to highlight a few stories of members going above and beyond to help make the profession & industry better. First, we would like to acknowledge and thank all of our board of director members in our local chapter areas. Without your support and volunteer work, the association wouldn’t be able to keep growing and moving in the positive direction that it has over the past few years. If you haven’t had a chance to meet any of your local chapter leaders, start the year right and take the time to know them and build a relationship. All of the Chapter Presidents care about their members and love to speak with them!
Townhall Meeting in January 2011
This year we saw four leading placement agencies come together for a candid discussion and Q & A session for our membership. A first for the industry! You can click here to view some video footage of the event. We would like to thank Andrew Lowrey, Charles MacPherson, Claudia Kahn and Elise Lewis for their time & participation in the meeting.
DEMA member (Felipe Valls) moved from NYC to San Francisco to accept a new position in the Fall of 2011. The move was a difficult one that took place on a very short notice and with little knowledge of the area. Here is an excerpt from our communication with him about his DEMA experience:
DEMA Member, Bonnie Low-Kramen joined Bespoke Institute in NYC and began teaching courses for personal assistants in November of 2011. Bonnie has also partnered with DEMA Member, Alter Ego Concierge in Chicago for a workshop scheduled for February 3rd & 4th, 2012. You can find more information by emailing: email@example.com or join their group on LinkedIn.
In March of 2011, DEMA Members Fiona Cameron-Williams and Marta Perrone partnered to bring NYC The Professional Housekeeper Boot Camp with much fanfare! Get More Information
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