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ABOVE & BEYOND - Better Together: The PGA's New Capital Region Runs On Passion and Commitment

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

For this issue’s Above & Beyond entry, we spotlight two volunteers in the DC area who helped the chapter grow into the Capital Region it is today.

 Relatively new to the Guild, Kerri Sheehan hit the ground running. She began by volunteering for screening events and moved into a leadership position with the Education Committee. She is excited to be involved with creating programming that helps members learn new skills and grow professionally.

 “Our local market is competitive, and so often clients are looking for someone who can do everything in the production workflow. We can’t all be a one-stop shop,” Kerri says, “but the more skills we bring to the job, the more attractive we are to potential clients and employers.”

Kerri points to a real sense of community among the DC production corps and volunteers to help foster that spirit. She believes any professional organization works better when there are people passionate about creating and improving connections. “I’ve made new friends and booked new work while supporting our growing region,” she observes. “It’s one of the best experiences I’ve had in a professional association.”

When Kerri is not volunteering, she works as a freelancer, producing marketing and communications videos for a variety of public and private sector clients in Washington, DC.

Brian Savoie may be an award-winning writer and producer specializing in the educational marketplace, but over the last 10 years he’s also used his talents to create programming for fellow PGA members,   with a focus on the impact of new technology and innovation on our industry.

In 2016, Brian began serving as Co-Vice chair of the National Capital chapter and worked with leadership to transform the chapter into the Capital Region. He shares that, “Employment is a big focus right now for our region. With a large network relocating by the end of next year, our region has been focused on how the economic and employment landscape for our industry needs to evolve.”

“We have all joined this organization because we recognize that we can help and be helped by others in our amazing, diverse profession. When individuals in our Guild share what they are curious about, what excites them, or what scares them, we all benefit.”

We couldn’t agree more and can’t say it often enough. Volunteers are everything to the Producers Guild. We wouldn’t have the social and networking events, screenings, seminars and workshops without the hard-working members who continually offer their time to help their fellow producers. To quote Brian: We are better together!

If you are in the LA area and interested in volunteering, the next Committee Open House is on November 7. Similarly interested PGA East members are encouraged to attend the next New Member Breakfast, date TBD. Keep an eye on the PGA newsletter for more information.

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