SDNPA Meeting Format, Scheduling & Coordination
Our most frequent format is a Lunch & Learn
The suggested luncheon format (90 minutes)
lunch -15 min
Introduction of all attendees, wants, needs, offerings, interest -10
of Representatives and Technical Presentation - 45 min
announcements and hand shake time - 20 min
suggested meeting format for main presenter (90 minutes)
of Representatives and backgrounds -5 min
Corporate Biography/history -15 min
Career Opportunities -5 min
Sales Pitch -5 min
Presentation - 60 min
Information for the San Diego Chapter NPA (SDNPA)
Network Professional Association (NPA) is a nonprofit organization
for networking professionals who design implement, and maintain computer
NPA's mission is to advance the network computing profession by educating
and providing resources for its members.
NPA differentiates itself by being one of a few organizations not
aligned to a particular platform, product or company but is interested
in investigating a broad spectrum of solutions from competing technologies.
NPA accepts and encourages multi-vendor certification and education
on the part of its members in chapters worldwide, setting standards
of technical expertise and professionalism. NPA members are certified
Network Engineers holding certifications for Compaq, Hewlett Packard,
IBM, Microsoft, Novell and others interested in network and multi-platform
NPA base of financial support is derived membership fees. In addition
speaker fees and corporate donations are solicited.
FOCUS OF THE SAN DIEGO CHAPTER
most important aspect of our work is to provide value to our members.
SDNPA has adopted a chapter model different from what we have seen
in other networking organizations. We are creating relationships with
local business thereby providing our members better access to education
and career opportunities. I return SDNPA provides business with access
to a potential client, consulting and staffing pools. SDNPA is creating
relationships with other professional organizations. We advertise,
promote and co-sponsor effective activities of other organizations
which are relevant to our members. SDNPA is positioning itself to
be focal point in San Diego for networking professionals. Through
SDNPA we see networking professions finding the contacts and relationships
each individual needs to prosper and enrich their careers.
chapter is looking for informative topics and presentations for our
monthly meetings. As an network engineering group we look for more
than a sales presentation during our meetings. We are interested in
how products are constructed and technology supporting it. We desire
to learn more about the technical basis of your product and therefore
request that as part of any presentation you provide an education
or training aspect be the main theme of the presentation. Sponsor
San Diego chapter normally has 30 to 60 attendees for each meeting.
There is a broad range of knowledge and expertise among the NPA members.
Many members are working in closed environments supporting monolithic
systems where our communication with other talented networking professionals
has been limited. The NPA gives us an opportunity to reconnect, learn,
and associate with our industry peers during a time not in conflict
with or professional positions. We are all interested in what our
peers are doing and how it is being accomplished. Monthly chapter
meetings are the one venue where we can be assured of getting up to
date information on topics which are important to us (and to you).
MEMBERS ARE DECISION MAKERS
A survey of NPA members found NPA members form
a major decision making group: 50% Corporate MIS executives, 15% Independent
consultants, 15% Service organization representatives, and 20% VARs.
NPA members' role in the sales cycle include: 92% Determine systems
capabilities, 88% Recommend manufacturers/brands, 79% Determine need
to purchase, 36% Make final decisions on brands and models purchased
and 23% authorize expenditures for purchase.
this means is NPA has a "unique Network Computing Audience Focus".
At each meeting we have an audience tuned into your product interested
in promoting it to others. We will publicize your presentation to
our members and guests to provide you an interested and challenging
group of listeners.
SPONSORSHIP FOR MEETINGS AND EVENTS
goals of the San Diego NPA Chapter include providing to its local
members goods and services in excess of their annual membership fee
and to its speakers an interested audience of good prospective buyers
willing to promote a good product, process, or philosophy. Through
your sponsorship, participation and financial support we meet these
goals. In return for sponsoring the San Diego chapter of NPA we ask
you contribute to NPA in several ways:
Pay for the costs of dinner, pizza or sandwiches, and refreshments.
a door prize'(s).
donation defrays the costs of out Chapter meetings, Computer Lab,
mailings, etc. To facilitate the determination of your donation and
to be very fair we propose you anticipate a total of $200 to $300
or the amount of $17 per attendee at the chapter meeting in addition
to appropriate door prizes. You may elect to provide directly for
your meeting needs or request SDNPA to do so. Should SDNPA make expenditures
or arrangements on your behalf you are expected to either pay the
vendors directly or reimburse NPA by check or credit card (add 3%
for credit card) at the time of the NPA event. Checks should be made
out to: Network Professional Association - San Diego Chapter
chapter provides electronic mailings and web site access to NPA members
and guests. Typically, we send an initial announcement to members
notifying them of upcoming meeting followed by a more extensive email
message containing the description and synopsis of the upcoming meeting.
I encourage you to supply a suitable energetic and uplifting script
for distribution. We are willing to include or prepare special mailings
for you. You may need to cover some additional costs for special postal
mailings. The San Diego Chapter of NPA also posts advertisements and
links to your company on our web site. As soon as you select a date
we can post via the
administrator and add you to
the " Calendar". Approximately 30 days before your date we anticipate
posting your event on the main page at www.SDNPA.org. Following your
event, the event notice, meeting comments, electronic media supplied
by you are placed on the SDNPA web site for review and reference by
our members and guests.
LOCATION & FACILITIES
January 1999 we have added a second monthly meeting in order to server
our wide geographic area. The first meeting of the month is held on
the first Wednesday. This meeting alternates between North County
and South County presentation sites. The default monthly meeting site
for the North County Meeting is North County Bank in San Marcos. At
the end of 2000 the meetings began to take on a luncheon format held
in the Mira Mesa area. At any rate you will be notified via email
where the location of the next meeting is.
second meeting of the month is held on the second Tuesday in the Sorrento
Valley area of the county. The default monthly meeting site for this
meeting is Earl Walls Associates (I-805 @ Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego)
in the 1st floor Seminar room. Other meeting sites are used when volunteered
have available an overhead with LCD attachment, slide projector, VCR,
and network services. Please advise us of your needs in advance. You
may need to provide additional equipment for your presentation. If
you have unique requirements we are glad to help facilitate resources
for you. Meetings can also be held at a site of your choosing.
local NPA members prefer to hold the local membership roles confidential
and therefore not available for distribution. However, you are free
to collect business cards from the attendees present or may request
an NPA mailing through our local chapter. Many sponsors provide handouts,
product information, evaluation software and/or incentive pricing specials
in exchange for attendee information. As a sponsor NPA is more than
willing to continue advertising your company's activities and opportunities
to our members for an extended period of time
typically last 2 hrs and are held in the evening or during a luncheon.
We do schedule 5-20 minute "fast" topics when time permits and allow
time for employment opportunities and introductions. A simple meal
is provided to attendees. Members are $10, guests are charged $15
for the luncheon meeting. An approximate timetable would be:
NPA group gathers together for free discussion, social hour, chapter
business, and a meal
Introduction, short topic presentations, employment information
Main Presentation by Meeting Sponsor
Lunch at a local restauratn
Introduction of members and guests
Presentation and/or topics
BUSINESS -TRAINING, CAREER, VAR
no prearrangement we encourage local training, career development,
and var representatives to attend the monthly meetings, particularly
the social hour. Many attendees are interested in opportunities in
education, career moves or looking for solutions requiring an out
source. We attempt to provide 3-4 minutes just before the main presentation
for each representative to introduce their organization and make announcements.
with our main presentation we like to provide short fast topics related
to the networking business and personal achievement. The topics are
limited to 10-20 minutes. The intent is to provide you with additional
exposure and credibility by providing timely and effective information
to our membership. Please make a reservation before the meeting for
of the biggest requests NPA San Diego has is for evening and weekend
events. Most members are not free to take hours away from the office
during the day but desire to attend those offered. We would like to
schedule a special evening or weekend seminars to repeat day events
or offer new topics. Currently we are working to schedule bimonthly
Microsoft NT events, instructional and building events for out local
school development project, and evening/weekend training events.
is a international organization. Typically our organization provides
quarterly benefits to its members by way of a CD and newsletter. This
has proven to be an excellent way to promote products, training, and
education. You can have international exposure by being part of the
regional NPA chapters are interested in your presentations as well.
We can you provide access to our neighboring NPA chapters. In 1999,
SDNPA is looking to have a Southern California Regional Event for
NPA members and guests. We are looking for topics that will dare members
to have a good time and learn while they are doing it.
prizes, facility tours, discounts, coupons, incentives. As you know
these things are what make people happy. Please consider SDNPA worthy
of your donations and promotions. Sometimes one really good promotion
makes the sale of the year. Help us by letting us help you promote
your company or product.