Jim has served on the boards and committees of several professional organizations, including: the Ohio Society of Association Executives, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals and the Ohio Travel Association.
5:30: Alarm rings; stagger to the treadmill for about 45 minutes of cardio (try to do this at least three to four times during the work week).
7:00: Depart home for one-hour commute to Akron from Warren, OH.
8:30: Official workday begins with a review and/or replies to emails and any after-hour voice messages that may have been received.
8:45: Make final notes for weekly staff meeting.
9:00: Attend weekly staff meeting to review the budget and provide/hear departmental updates.
10:00: Meet with Allyson (Destination Sales & Social Media Manager) to finalize the launch of our new blog.
10:30: Work on finalizing the artwork and the first blog post entry for the upcoming launch; I should mention that we had a local artist create a fictional family called the “Summits” - they will be the voices of the new blog!
11:00: Leave the office to attend the monthly meeting of “Adventures in Northeast Ohio” (a 15-county regional marketing organization).
1:00: Return to the office. First order of business - review/reply to emails and numerous voice messages.
1:20: Make some final notes for a 1:30 conference call with members of the Akron Destination Marketing Fund (ADMF).
1:30: Join conference call to discuss current applications for ADMF grants and other items on the agenda.
2:30: Hit the pop machine for a thirst-quenching and un-named (for legal reasons, of course) diet soda.
2:35: Spend some time working on the agenda for our upcoming Board’s Destination Development Committee meeting.
3:15: Shifting my “agenda-writing” gears to work on another upcoming meeting of our “Partnerships in Motion - The Hospitality Marketing Roundtable Series.”
3:50: Meet with Mary (Bureau Director of Sales) to discuss the final details of a reception we are hosting for our partners the next evening on the stage of the Akron Civic Theatre.
4:15: Begin story outline and note potential photos for an upcoming issue of Food Traveler magazine.
4:30: Take a call from the Ohio Travel Association’s Deputy Director to discuss the status of our upcoming “Conference on Tourism” sponsorship efforts (I’m serving as the committee’s Co-Chair).
5:05: Try to create order out of chaos (the top of my desk)… jotting down which items have to be on my immediate to-do list for tomorrow.
5:30: Leave for my one-hour commute home… I must mow my lawn tonight before the sun sets!