I recently travelled to Houston, Texas to attend the First Annual APMP Texas All-Star Symposium. I arrived a couple of days early to meet up with Jeannette Waldie, APM.APMP, a Sr. Proposal Specialist with AECOM. She was kind enough to let me borrow her baseball cap that said “Passionate about Proposals” in Latin.
The next day, it was “Go Texan Day,” where Houstonians celebrate the start of the Houston Rodeo, the largest indoor rodeo in the world. I enjoyed a panda-sized pecan tart.
Jeannette was busy getting ready for the Texas Symposium and asked if I was willing to help with Registration. So the night before the conference, I met up with the Registration Team and got to know Pam Silverthorn, Ruth Marcom, and Ismael Garza. Mark Wigginton from Shipley also joined in the fun.
Conference Texas Style
The next morning, I was up bright and early and helped everyone set things up before folks arrived. Then I joined BJ as he welcomed everyone to the conference.
The rest of the day I spent at the APMP Information Table telling folks about the wonderful benefits of the organization and about the Accreditation Program. I also got lots of questions about my adventures visiting proposal professionals around the globe!
Ride ‘Em Cowboy
The next day, I went out and got me some cowboy duds. Then off to the Livestock Show we went.
Since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo raises funds for education and youth programs. Every year they put on the largest indoor rodeo and livestock show in the world. First we went to the Exhibit Hall to make sure I had all the cowboy gear I needed.
Then we went to see the livestock.
B J had bet that I couldn’t ride a horse, so I set off to find a professional cowboy who would teach me how to ride.
Ride ‘em, Cowboy Panda! Yup, BJ, that is a real horse!
After my exciting ride, we hit the midway.
Finishing the Ride
Before I left, I met with the Board of the Greater Houston Chapter and helped give the Conference Report. Established over 10 years ago, the Houston Chapter is one of the oldest APMP chapters.
Then it was time to say goodbye and head off to my next stop with Joseph Hans with Trinity Consulting, located in Virginia. The Texas Symposium was a great day and learning to ride a horse was amazing. Thanks to Jeannette and the Symposium Committee for their hospitality. I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful folks I met when we all attend the APMP National conference in June.