A Note from the CEO…September 2014

I can’t believe that our Annual Meeting is coming up in a few weeks in Philadelphia. Since this newsletter has two articles on the Annual Meeting, I won’t go into it in any detail except to say that I’m confident it’s going to be our best meeting ever thanks to hard work by many including Jane Kalata and the entire NAMWOLF Team, Member Firms, our Advisory Council and so many amazing vendor and in-house legal group sponsors. Just look at the agenda and the amazing line up of speakers and panelists and you can see why I’m so confident (click HERE to download the schedule of events). Thank you all!

I do have a couple of requests of attendees this year and I’ll use my newsletter space to convey my requests. First, for in-house counsel attending, I know how busy all of you are (remember, I was in-house for most of my career) but please take the time to visit our now 130 plus Member Firms. To be transparent, we intentionally make it very easy for in-house to attend (i.e., no cost) but in return, we do have an expectation that our in-house attendees will take the time to meet with our Member Firms either formally or informally at the expo and other times so a huge ask of all in-house attendees is to please meet with our firms not only at the expo but throughout the conference.

For in-house and law firm members, please appreciate that we have more vendors than we have ever had before and they are coming for a number of reasons including having the opportunity to meet with all of you and show you what they have to offer. Very similar to wanting this to be a terrific experience for our in-house and Member Firms, I want this to be a rewarding experience for our vendors so they come back each year and we get more in 2016 and beyond.

My next ask is of everyone and that’s to avoid dinners and other social events that compete with NAMWOLF evening activities. A lot of time and effort goes into planning these evening events so we want as many people to attend as possible. So, please keep Sunday, Monday and early Tuesday evening open for NAMWOLF events. They will be fun!

We have our new mobile application that we are using for this meeting. It’s our first time using it. We will be launching this shortly and will allow you to connect with attendees; view and SEARCH for law firm members; allow you to have access to session materials; review and provide real time feedback during sessions; ask questions during sessions; have access to lists of our Sponsors and Vendors; and much, much more! Be on the lookout for the download information. A special thank you to RVM, Inc. for sponsoring this Application.

Finally, please feel free to contact any of the NAMWOLF Team (Jane, Sherisse, Yolanda, our newest team member Renecca) if you have any questions. We are all here to help and want this to be a great experience for all of you.

I want to thank our two law firm co-chairs, Fran Griesing and Joe Tucker, as well as our five in-house co chairs, Tony Gay, Wendy White, Mark Edwards, Doug Gaston, James Grasty, for helping us prepare for our Annual Meeting. We look forward to seeing all of you soon.