community magazine CAI community magazine December 2017 - Page 16

Be In with the “In” Crowd i By Scott Gilbert Membership Director CAI West Florida Chapter scott@cai.westflorida.org 941-927-1910 16 Consider the value of a CAI Sponsorship Before I begin to try to woo you into an upcoming sponsorship oppor- tunity with CAI West Florida Chapter for the 2018 calendar year, I would first like to thank each and every member that I have met and had a chance to speak with during the time I have had the privilege of being your Membership Director. Even in the dog days of summer, these months have flown by for me having been introduced to this as- pect of community networking and educational assistance that I never even knew existed! The kindness and welcoming attitude from you re- flects not only the types of companies, property managers and board members that we strive to have in our chapter, but also the high level of character individuals that make us truly love our job. 2017 brought us many things, one of them notably being a new title for our chapter. After successfully having over 750 members for six consecutive months, the West Florida Chapter is recognized by CAI National as a “Very Large Chapter.” We are the largest chapter in the state of Florida and the only one that can currently claim this title. While our office would love to take all the credit for this, it just would not be fair. By word of mouth, continued efforts by each of our com- mittees and the overall success that all of our members have in their own professional lives, the recruiting and growth we have achieved could not have been done without you! With growth comes more opportunities, especially for our newer members who are looking to find ways to become more recognized and involved in our chapter. When a newer member asks me what the best way to get noticed in our chapter, there are two simple answers. First, attend our events! Be seen at our social events, come to our breakfasts, get out of the office on a Friday and hit some golf balls to get ready for our semi-annual golf tournaments. As for business part- ners, nothing will promote your business more than a physical pres- ence. These events are always a great opportunity to meet our members who are always looking for a new or better service provider. community • December 2017 WWW.CAIWESTFLORIDA.ORG