As of April 1, the Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) no longer has a brick-and-mortar headquarters, it announced
this week in a memo to members. Instead, the Alexandria, VA-based group will be operating in a virtual office environment through at least June 30, 2016.
"Our chapter leaders have long been informed of the circumstances surrounding the long-term lease agreement [we had for our office] and the financial restraints it imposed for our organization's financial stability. Our current headquarters status quo was simply not workable and we have now successfully secured a sublease agreement for our … office space," SGMP explained in its memo.
"After a thorough review of all options available to us, we decided that a telework environment -- clearly the best solution among imperfect choices -- makes the most sense right now for SGMP. Despite a total change in office operations and culture for our dedicated staff, they are embracing the opportunities that this arrangement will bring to SGMP.
"We are confident in the fact that this action will best position SGMP on the right path for the Society's long-term financial stability for our members."For a recap of recent top stories, check out MeetingNews Minute: