Hi Everyone,

This is my first column as chair of IABC Southern Region, so I guess I should start by sharing my IABC story with you—I know we all have one.

Though I have been an IABC member since 2003, I actually have attended IABC meetings since the early 1990s when I regularly went to IABC Brazos Valley lunches while studying and working at Texas A&M University. It wasn’t until I moved to Austin that I became active with IABC and worked my way up to president of the Austin chapter and then served as co-chair of the 2014 IABC Southern Region Conference and eventually joined our regional board.

What I have always enjoyed most about IABC is the camaraderie and the people. I have made countless long-lasting friendships through IABC that have benefited me both personally and professionally. We are truly one big IABC family. I have IABC friends all over the world, who I know I can call (or email) for advice or simply to share a laugh. The experience I have gained through my involvement in IABC has helped me win new business, secure jobs and grow my skills.

What’s your IABC story? I encourage you to share it with others because I truly believe it’s those IABC relationships and knowledge-sharing that are at the heart of what we offer as an organization.

As I enter my year as 2019–2020 chair of the IABC Southern Region, I look forward to reinforcing the connections between the region and our chapters. I believe the region’s primary purpose is to support and assist our chapters, so you will be hearing a lot from your regional board over the next year. We have a great Southern Region Board this year, and I encourage you to learn more about them.  If you need help with challenges facing your chapter or have exciting news you want to share with the region, then feel free to email any of us on the board. We are here to serve you.

I also hope you will take time to check out the plans for our connect2comms conference that we will co-host with the Pacific Plains Region in Kansas City on Oct. 16–18. This promises to be a great conference and is the first time two IABC regions have joined forces on a conference like this. I hope to see you there. We’ve also teamed up for this year’s Joint Regional Silver Quill Awards—connect2excellence—and the call for entries is now open!

I look forward to working with all of you over this next year. If I can ever be of any service, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email at chair@iabcsouthern.com.

Mark Evans
2019–2020 IABC Southern Region Chair