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|Newsletter 43 | May 2017 | www.RoundTable.Media ||
This is the last eNews Update you will receive from MCAI. In the future we will integrate MCAI related news into our newsletter from RoundTable.Media. The MCAI 'legacy' url will remain active at www.mca-i.org and will forward to Roundtable.Media with only occasional changes.
Well, it's been almost months since MCAI shut it's proverbial doors. Most of the old chapters have reorganized with new names and a few have gone completely south into Media Pro Valhalla! Below are a few updates from the folks who responded to our queries about professional activities in their area.
My business partners and I —like thousands of other MCAI Alumni— always appreciated the professional connectedness MCAI provided both on the national and local levels. So, we've made it our business to build and maintain the MCAI 'Legacy' website www.mca-i.org through our online service, RoundTable.Media. We'll continue to try to keep us all connected through www.RoundTable.Media. So, sign up for RoundTable (it's FREE) and A) be sure to post all your contact info in your Profile and B) and join the MCAI Alumni group to keep in touch!
The San Diego Media Pros has never missed a beat! They had started rebranding themselves about a year before the end of MCAI and simply made it formal with a new corporate identity and a 501c3! They have a large and active membership with lots of healthy participation. Recently SDMP held their first MediaProCamp under their new banner! We traveled south from Orange County to the event and had a great time--both learning new things at the sessions and catching up with a lot of old friends from MCAI!
SDMP President Tom Kihneman attended NAB and shot a bunch of videos branded with the SDMP logo. He did a great job and is making the available to SoCal Media Pros as well... You will probably see them on www.RoundTable.media too!
CineTech Media Professionals is the name the old New Jersey chapter has taken for themselves. They too are staying active and by all reports they are growing. Competing in the NYC Metro area which includes Northern NJ is a considerable challenge but they are looking forward to their 3rd annual CineTech Expo in September. It has become New Jersey's premier equipment and production services trade show. Our old friend, David Landau, is on the event organizing committee.
Michael Brown reports that the former Milwaukee chapter has found new energy. "For about a year we were almost defunct! No meetings and only 3 of left on the Board. Sent out meeting notice, titled “RE: MCAI-Last Hurrah” and now have a younger, fully energized new board!" They have some new local sponsors and a Board of 8! Care to guess their new name? It's Milwaukee Creative Media Professionals.
In April the Group hosted a presentation by Steve Hullfiosh: "Editing Workflow & Color Grading." and they have been using twitter, Mailchimp and facebook to market the group. Hey, no one ever said it would be easy! Congrats to Mike and all the new board! By the way the Milwaukee Creative Media Professionals has over 500 contacts on their Meetup page!
It was also great to hear from Bruce Linebaugh. He's a 30+ year veteran of ITVA and MCAI who knows the value of networking and professionals helping each other. "We are holding quarterly (every three months) meetings," he writes, "...under the umbrella of the AAF Dayton Chapter (American Advertising Federation – formerly called the “Ad Club” around here). I’m calling these meetings “Dayton Media.” AAF Dayton has a nice web site and way to register and pay for meeting attendance on-line. We charge $10 to attend a meeting, which includes food since we meet at dinner time."
Well, there's no question — as you can see in the case of both Bruce and Michael —that dedicated leadership makes a difference. We all owe a big "thank-you" to our organizations leaders. We all benefit from their vision and selflessness!
The former Madison WI chapter was always a strong one and it seems like it has only gotten stronger as a new entity. Now calling themselves the Madison Media Pros, the organization continues to mount their annual WAVE Awards show. You'll also recognize some past MCAI names on their Board such as Ryan Freng and Lois Weiland.
Last, but not least for this update, is the SoCal Media Pros (formerly the LA/OC Chapter of MCAI) President Larry Stimson says they have held monthly meetings without interruption. Membership is always a challenge and they're looking for ways to grow. Meanwhile on the meetings front, the SoCal Media Pros have actually filled in a gap left by the demise of another local group, PVN or the Professional VIdeographers Network.
Keep In Touch
Even though we are all now seperate organizations with a decidedly local focus I think we can all agree that there will be many ways we can help each other grow. So let's make a point to not just keep in touch but work together for our mutual benefit.
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