Dear Chapter Leaders,

My name is Jordan Nagel and I recently stepped into the role of VP for Leadership Development on the IABC Southern Region Board. My role is to support you as leaders and I’m partnered with John Harris, VP for Region Development, and Lynda Holder, VP for Chapter Services. See below for a quick summary of how we work together. But first…

We have some exciting things to share with you! Please read on and do let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

1) 2019 Leadership Summit at the #connect2comms Conference

The IABC Southern + Pacific Plains Joint Regional Conference will be held on Oct. 16–18, 2019, in Kansas City. On Wed., Oct. 16, from 8 am–5 pm CDT, we will hold our annual Southern Region Leadership Summit. Please plan for one board member, preferably the President/Chair or President-Elect/Vice Chair to attend. The person attending receives complimentary conference registration.

Visit for more—including hotel reservation information. 

Please identify the person from your chapter that will attend and email to let us know who that will be. Also, please go ahead and reserve their hotel room, so we can ensure enough rooms for the first night.

We’re going to have a smokin’ hot time in Kansas City—and we look forward to seeing you there!

Support Triad

2) The #CreateCommunity Support Triad

Jordan Nagel | VP for Leadership Development | Email
Jordan Nagel (IABC Houston) is the Director of Communications for Upstream Digital & Technology at BP. She served as the VP Finance, President-Elect and President of IABC Houston and VP Finance for Southern Region. In her current board position as VP for Leadership Development, her goal is to support the Southern Region chapter leaders who are working hard to make their chapters a success.

John Harris | VP for Region Development | Email 
John Harris (IABC Austin) is a communication strategist and business writer. He is a past president of both IABC Houston and IABC Austin, and this is his first complete term as Southern Region VP for Region Development. He has worked in public relations since 1991, and earlier spent 15 years as a newspaper reporter and editor. This year, John’s focus will be on engaging the members-at-large and supporting the growth and development of the chapters.

Lynda Holder | VP for Chapter Services | Email 
Lynda Holder (IABC Barbados) is the Manager of Marketing and Corporate Communications for the Barbados Transport Board. This is her second term as the Southern Region VP for Chapter Services. She served as VP of Finance, President-Elect and President of the Barbados chapter. Lynda will continue to focus on supporting the Chapter Services Directors as they engage with chapter leaders and helping to elevate any issues to the board for further support.

3) Meet your Chapter Services Director

Each Southern Region Chapter is assigned a Chapter Services Director (CSD). Their role is to connect regularly with the chapters in their assigned portfolio and ensure that chapter leaders know about and are encouraged to use all available International and Region resources. They will also provide a written report to the board on a quarterly basis. Please note your CSD below.

Thomas Baen | Email
Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas

Kevin Floyd | Email
Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee

Sara Odle | Email
Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago

Maire Simington | Email
Arizona, Colorado and Kansas

Currently Vacant | Email Lynda Holder for support

We currently have two open CSD positions we are looking to fill. If you have any thoughts on past presidents from your chapter that might be looking for a new opportunity to serve IABC, please let Lynda know.

Be on the lookout for additional information and opportunities from us. And please—do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or if you’re having any struggles in your chapter where we can be of support to you.

We believe that chapters are the heart of our association and we’re here to help you be a success!

Jordan, John & Lynda