A Message from the 2023/24 AMADC President

A Message from the 2023/24 AMADC President

New Year. New Board.

Dear AMADC Marketing Community,

I hope this message finds you all in high spirits and with enthusiasm for the future of our DC chapter. Today, I have the honor of assuming the role of President and am eager to work alongside each one of you as we embark on an exciting journey together.

First and foremost, let me express my heartfelt gratitude to the 23/24 BOD team for their unwavering dedication and the incredible work they have done to shape our chapter thus far. We are gifted with a wealth of talent within our community, and I am committed to building upon this strong foundation as we strive for even greater heights.

As an Engineer and Marketer, I bring a unique perspective to our community, one that merges the worlds of strategic planning and flawless execution. It is at the intersection of these two disciplines that our true potential lies and it is here that we will forge our path forward.

To kickstart this exciting new chapter, our BOD will be convening next week to discuss our collective vision and chart a course toward success. I am confident that this meeting will yield a solid plan to enhance our digital and social footprint, ensuring that our chapter remains at the forefront of marketing innovation. We will seize the opportunity to create engaging events that captivate not only our younger members but also our esteemed longtime colleagues. In our pursuit of excellence, we will be intentional in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, weaving these values into the fabric of our events and initiatives.

Moreover, fostering open lines of communication is paramount to our collective growth. Together, we will establish a culture where every member feels valued, heard, and supported. To that end, I encourage each of you to share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions, for it is through collaboration and the free flow of knowledge that we will push boundaries and realize our full potential.

I am particularly thrilled to highlight two cornerstone programs that will continue to thrive under our leadership: the Marketing Mentors Network and the Executive Leadership Council. These initiatives are the backbone of our community, offering invaluable guidance, mentorship, and opportunities for professional growth. As we move forward, we will fortify and expand these programs, ensuring they remain catalysts for individual and collective success.

Above all, let us remember that we are one team, bound by a shared passion for marketing excellence. By supporting and uplifting one another, we will create an environment where growth is inevitable.

In closing, I want to express my deepest gratitude to all of you for your commitment and dedication. It is your collective energy, expertise, and unwavering spirit that will propel us forward. Here’s to an incredible journey ahead!

Warm regards,

Giuseppe Laviano
President, AMADC

Remembering past president Patrick King

Remembering past president Patrick King

It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that we share the devastating news of the passing of our Past President, Patrick King. It is an unimaginable loss for AMADC, AMA National, and the entire DMV marketing community. We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

Patrick King was not only a visionary leader but an exceptional human being. His remarkable contributions to AMADC, AMA National, and the marketing community have left an unforgettable mark, and his legacy will forever be cherished.

Patrick joined AMADC in 2016 as a mentor for our Marketing Mentor Network. In 2019, he became President-Elect for the AMADC Board of Directors. He served as President of the AMADC Board of Directors from 2020 – 2022 and Past President since 2022.

Under Patrick’s leadership during the global pandemic, we grew our membership to over 600 members. Patrick was an unassuming leader and was dedicated to the AMADC Board of Directors and members. He lead our chapter to two consecutive Bronze Chapter of the Year awards.

Patrick was the founder and CEO of Imagine, LLC. Under Patrick’s guidance, Imagine has flourished, transforming into a leader in tourism marketing and pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Imagine is also a sponsor for AMADC.

His unwavering commitment to excellence, coupled with his extraordinary vision, propelled Imagine to new heights. Patrick’s strategic foresight and charismatic leadership have inspired us all, instilling a passion for excellence and driving us to achieve greatness.

Beyond his professional accomplishments, Patrick was a warm-hearted individual who valued the well-being of everyone he met. He had a remarkable ability to connect with people, fostering an inclusive and collaborative environment that encouraged creativity and teamwork.

His genuine care for others and ability to listen and understand made him an exceptional CEO and a beloved mentor and friend to many.

As we mourn the loss of Patrick, we must also remember the incredible legacy he leaves behind: His professionalism, strong sense of community, philanthropy, and charity.

Patrick’s celebration of life will be Friday, June 9th, 2023, 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm at the Salisbury Center in Manassas. https://pwchamber.org/patrick-king-celebration-of-life 

As we say goodbye to our beloved Past President, Patrick King, remember his vision, leadership, and unwavering commitment to excellence. Let us honor his memory by continuing to dream big and strive for greatness in all we do.

With heartfelt sentiments,

Andrea Smith, President AMADC