SHSMD 2014 is in full swing! We kicked off the annual conference of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development in grand style yesterday. There was the San Diego Boy’s Choir singing the national anthem; Simon T. Bailey gave an amazing keynote – sandwiched between two cocktail receptions; all followed by the President’s reception offering amazing views of the San Diego waterfront.
So what’s next? Monday promises to be another hit with Magic Johnson giving the day’s opening keynote. Then the day will be packed with educational and professional development sessions. However, from my perspective, the real opportunity comes in the networking opportunities.
With approximately 1,400 attendees, there are lots of people to meet at #SHSMD14. As I’ve done in the past, I decided to share with you a list of 10 people I recommend connecting with at SHSMD 14. These are healthcare marketers and communicators that I respect, learn from and like! They are all very good people. I recommend that you look for these individuals and make a point of introducing yourself.
Here’s my list:
- Lyle Green – Associate VP, Physician Relations, MD Anderson Cancer Center
- Linda MacCracken – Healthcare Strategist and Consultant
- Paul Griffiths – Principal, MedTouch
- Karen McCall – Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, UNC School of Medicine and UNC Health Care
- Joel Cessna – VP Sales, Medicom Health Interactive. Joel’s firm has a booth in the exhibit hall, so you can often find him there.
- Sharon Bittner – Chief Communications Officer, Spirit of Women – The Spirit Team has a booth in the exhibit hall. Swing by and say hello.
- Ben Dillon – eHealth Evangelist at Geonetric and Co-Owner, Geonetric – They’ve got a booth in the exhibit hall.
- Anissa Davenport – Chief Marketing Officer, Vidant Health.
- Jim Rattray – VP, Bennett Group.
- Peggy Kane – Vice President Business Development, GLC Custom Media. You can stop by GLC’s booth in the exhibit hall to track Peggy down.
Of course, if you see me wandering around the halls of the Hyatt, please come up and say hello. I’m Dan Dunlop and I’m here to reconnect with old friends and to make new ones. I welcome the opportunity to meet you.