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Social Media Club Takes Giant Step Forward

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The team members of Every Dot Connects were some of the earliest members and co-founders of the Social Media Club (SMC). Therefore, it’s especially gratifying for us to see the SMC take steps to form an interim board, comprised of 42 well-regarded industry leaders, with the goal of creating a new legal structure for a full-fledged professional association.

The interim board will oversee development of membership goals, acceleration of local chapter development, and will work toward an increase in adoption of industry standards and ethics. The newly named/appointed members of the interim board are leading social media analysts, bloggers and business leaders, and are as follows:

  • Lee Aase - Social Media University, Global
  • Rohit Bhargava - Influential Marketing Blog and Personality Not Included
  • Richard Binhammer - RichardatDell
  • Michael Brito - Britopian and Conversations Matter
  • Chris Brogan - ChrisBrogan.com
  • Mike Chapman - Austin Social Media Club and Every Dot Connects
  • Megan Cole - MeganCole.org
  • Alex de Carvalho - alexdc.org and Social Object
  • Todd Defren - SHIFT Communications and www.pr-squared.com
  • Serena Ehrlich - Business Wire
  • Jason Falls - Social Media Explorer
  • Maggie Fox - Social Media Group
  • Jon Gatrell - spatiallyrelevant.org
  • Howard Greenstein - HowardGreenstein.com
  • Francine Hardaway - Stealthmode
  • Josh Hallett - Hyku
  • Annie Heckenberger - pikpr.blogspot.com and redspurs.com
  • Chuck Hester - iContact
  • Chris Heuer - ChrisHeuer.com
  • Sherry Heyl - Mind Blogging
  • Tara Hunt - HorsePigCow
  • Bill Johnston - Forum One Networks Forum and Online Community Report
  • Jennifer McClure - Society for New Communications Research
  • Mike McGrath - Dogpatch Dispatch
  • Jake McKee - CommunityGuy.com and Ant’s Eye View
  • Gregory Narain - SocialTwister
  • Lee Odden - Online Marketing Blog and TopRank
  • Erica OGrady - ReinventingErica.com and Peanut Butter Media
  • Jeremiah Owyang - Web Strategist
  • David Parmet - Marketing Begins At Home, LLC and PerkettPR
  • Jackie Peters - heavyBlog
  • Doug Pollei - pollei.com
  • Pierre-Yves Platini - Yoono
  • Douglas Pollei - Pollei.com
  • Connie Reece - Every Dot Connects and Austin Social Media Club
  • Chris Saad - ChrisSaad.com
  • Andy Sernovitz - Word of Mouth Marketing and GasPedal
  • Brian Solis - PR2.0
  • J.J. Toothman - jjtoothman.net and Red Pill
  • Todd Van Hoosear - Tech PR Gems
  • Des Walsh - Des Walsh dot Com
  • Kristie Wells - KristieWells.com

We cannot help but be proud that the Austin chapter of SMC is one of the oldest and strongest in the nation, and it has been my pleasure to work closely with the founders and pioneers of the organization as we have sought to take SMC from a vision to a reality.

~ Connie Reece

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3 Comments For This Post

  1. Ryan Stephens Says:

    A phenomenal inagural group for the interim board (though a big board eh?) Some of these thought leaders, social media studs, are already some of my favorite reads (Brogan, Heuer, and Owyang), and I’m certainly looking forward to acclimating myself to many of the others.

  2. Connie Reece Says:

    Ryan, this interim board will serve in an advisory role and will eventually help select the formal board of directors, which will be much smaller, after we get our legal structure in place as a professional association. Chris invited all these industry leaders, thinking that 2 out of 3 of them would probably decline due to being so busy. But they were all so enthusiastic and eager to help that we wound up with a huge group. I think that’s fantastic — an amazing amount of brain power and experience being offered up to help guide us forward.

  3. Ryan Stephens Says:

    @ Connie - Thanks for the clarification, and I agree - it’s a -very- talented group capable of great things.

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