From the Office…

2020 set to give MFCP “Clear Vision”

As I plunk away writing this column, Vickie and I are in a whirlwind of getting prepared for our Planning Session and quarterly board meeting to be held at the end of this week.

We are inching our way through many projects…the most important will be the launching of our new MFCP database. You will have the opportunity to place your ads with us online, as well as view all the member information of our organization with a stroke of a keyboard key. When I asked our database designer how to accurately describe this program to you, this is what he said:

“The new MFCP data solution and web portal provide both the organization and members a platform for closer collaboration and increased work efficiencies. Through the we,  members will now be able to update their organizations’ contact and publication data in real time, submit display ad requests and MCN classified ad orders, and sign-up for events and associated activities. They’ll be able to research circulation data and download results.  Automated features such as auto-emails will insure members and staff receive timely and detailed feedback on actions taken through the web portal.  Office staff will benefit by having a single work application wherein they can more efficiently manage extensive membership data, communications, and reporting. Because members and staff are working through a single, multi-function platform, MFCP can expect more streamlined workflows as they process member requests and provide greater service.”

This is a new era for MFCP…a 2020 vision. We will keep you updated and informed as we launch this new system.

In looking ahead, our 65th anniversary celebration is set for March 5-7, 2020. On Thursday, March 5 will be the start of our social gathering as we meander the streets of downtown Des Moines for our “MFCP Pub Crawl.”  We continue the next day with training sessions with the ever-popular-and-never-dull Kevin Slimp, presenting what is new in the world of graphics.  We have also confirmed Ursula Mentjes as a sales trainer, her session topic will be:  “Maximum Accelerated Selling: The Mindset and Strategies You Need to Double Your Sales Fast.”  She will transform the way you think about selling so you can reach your goals with less anxiety and less effort so you can have clear vision in 2020 also!

Something different this year will be the “Best of the Best Ad Awards” which will be given during our noon luncheon. Hurry! The ad deadline for the contest is January 17, 2020! We are packing in so much for that day, my head is spinning. Plus our Vendor Showcase, fabulous food and we will end the evening with Dave Okerlund. He too, is a crowd favorite, and will be the keynote speaker during our fabulous evening banquet. A true entertainer!

Again, mark the date on your calendar and remember we are at a new location-Renaissance Des Moines Savery Hotel, 401 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA. Registration information will be coming to you shortly.

 Best Regards, Kelly