2017 was a year of building a strong foundation for the years to come within the Legal Marketing Association. Through the regionalization process, the New York Local Group was created as part of the Northeast Region, and our group comprises more than 600 members.
One of the LMANY’s main goals this year was to promote and improve the value of membership, and I am proud of all that we accomplished through programming and networking opportunities to help our members advance their careers and navigate change as the legal industry continues to dramatically transform.
We lost two members of the New York legal marketing community this year – Roger Ardanowski and Matt Godson – and our thoughts continue to be with their family and friends. I wanted to share with you a letter from longtime LMANY member Ben Greenzweig regarding the support he received from the LMA community on the passing of his dear friend and colleague Matt earlier this year. It’s heartwarming to see that our community doesn’t just provide career and educational support, but so much more.
"On July 31, Momentum lost its co-founder and I lost a dear friend. While the gaping void left by his departure may never be entirely filled, time has certainly helped ease the pain and allow those who cared most to begin the long, arduous journey towards recovery. The outpouring of support from the LMA community was tremendous and despite Matt’s gradual absence from the day-to-day activities as demands of our new venture increased, there always remained a warm place in his heart for the association he and I committed so much time and energy to over the past decade. On behalf of his family and the Momentum family, I wanted to take this opportunity and thank everyone for your generous support, prayers and kind wishes. I wish you and your families the very best this holiday season and hope that the New Year brings nothing but health and happiness to all."
I want to thank everyone who attended the New York Holiday Party a few weeks ago. The event provided a great opportunity to reconnect with LMA friends and spread holiday cheer. Here is a link to photos of the event. We encourage you to upload additional photos to the LMA Northeast Region Facebook page and tag yourself and a friend.
I want to say what an honor it was to serve as New York LSC Chair. I am deeply appreciative of the support of the LSC and Northeast Regional Board, and I thank everyone who lifted their hand in service this year, and for the opportunity to lead this organization. I’ve handed off the gavel to incoming New York LSC Chair Matt Loomis, who has long been an LMA volunteer, I look forward to an amazing 2018 under his leadership. I know we are in good hands with Matt at the helm.
On behalf of the entire LMA NY Local Steering Committee, we wish you a happy holiday and new year, and continued success in 2018!
2017 New York LSC Chair