This year's SAAGNY Annual Meeting & Holiday Party, held on December 14th at the Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, marked a delightful departure from tradition. The new, unique venue provided a refreshing backdrop for industry professionals to come together in a relaxed atmosphere, fostering camaraderie and celebration. As the year draws to a close, it was a time not only for festivities but also for reflection on the accomplishments of 2023.
One significant development at the meeting was the update to SAAGNY's bylaws. Recognizing the need for additional leadership to support the association's continued growth, the membership unanimously voted to add two new board seats. This adjustment is deemed essential, especially with the increased responsibilities stemming from the relaunch and success of Promotions East.
The SAAGNY community warmly welcomed two outstanding individuals to the board during the meeting. Melissa Casey from Pacesetter Awards and Ashley Smalley from Gemline bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the leadership team. Their diverse backgrounds and industry insights will undoubtedly contribute to the association's forward momentum.
SAAGNY President, Michael Reisbaum stated “I, along with the entire Board, am thrilled to welcome Melissa Casey and Ashley Smalley to the SAAGNY Board. Both are industrious, and courageous Promo Professionals who will bring dynamic new insight and innovation to our events and our community. Let’s Go!”
Looking ahead, the SAAGNY Winter Show is the next highlight on the calendar, scheduled for January 30th, 2024, at the Crown Plaza in Suffern, NY. Anticipation is building for another engaging event that will bring together industry professionals, showcase the latest products, and provide valuable networking opportunities.
As SAAGNY continues to evolve, the Annual Meeting & Holiday Party served as a testament to the association's commitment to community, collaboration, and growth. With a successful 2023 behind them and new leaders on board, SAAGNY is well-positioned for an exciting and prosperous future. Stay tuned for more updates and join us at the SAAGNY Winter Show for another round of networking, learning, and celebration!