User Group Report #311: Microsoft, User Group Booth, Regional Liaisons & MUG Deals

Our last edition before Macworld Creative Pro Conference & Expo features a User Group Leadership Conference sponsor, the host group for the User Group Booth, two more Apple Regional Liaison Team members, the monthly MUG deals, a review of all the MUG events at Expo and commentary on the closing of Casady & Greene.

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson of Microsoft introduces us to the Macintosh side of their User Group Program, and talks about being a Platinum sponsor of the upcoming The User Group Leadership Conference.
Macbeth Vannoy
Apple Regional Liaison Team member Macbeth Vannoy introduces herself, and her group, the North Coast Macintosh Users Group, tells why she wanted to serve on the Team, and what her group did for her when her appointment was announced.
Bill Medlow
Bill Medlow of the Long Island Macintosh Users Group, talks about his group and what they offer, how they get big name speakers, and their position as host of the User Group Booth at Macworld for the third year in a row.
Gary Kampel
Gary Kampel of the the Palm Beach Macintosh Users Group, and his inspiration for successfully applying to become a member of Apple Regional Liaison Team.

User Group Report #310: User Group Leadership Conference, Circus Ponies & Even More Liaisons

The User Group Leadership Conference and MUG events at Macworld ConferencePro take center stage, with a report from the Macworld Planning Committee and an interview with one of the lead sponsors. We also continue our introduction of the Apple Regional Liaison Team.

Elizabeth Statmore
Elizabeth Statmore of Circus Ponies joins us to talk about her new company, their product, NoteBook, how they see the user group community as a way to connect with the Macintosh market, and why they have initiated a full-blown user group program and elected to be a Platinum sponsor of The User Group Leadership Conference.
Rex Covington
Rex Covington of the Houston Area Apple Users Group and Regional Liaison member for the South Central United States introduces himself to his region, and talks about how his group always seems to get high-quality presenters.
Members of The Macworld Planning Committee talk about all of the events coming up at Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo.

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Joe & Susan Pipala of The Lake Macintosh Users Group and the husband-and-wife team who are serving as Regional Liaisons for online groups, tell us why they are involved in three different groups, their insights into online groups, and what they hope to be able to do in their new positions.

User Group Report #309: MacGroup-Detroit, User Group Leadership Conference & More Apple Regional Liaisons

Our focus on the Apple Regional Liaison Team continues with three more members, and we start our coverage of the events surrounding Macworld CreativePro Conference & Expo, including the User Group Leadership Conference.

Terry White of MacGroup-Detroit and Adobe outlines the successes and innovative projects that are taking his group into the future, his activites at the recent MacDesign Conference, and his presentation about MUG web sites at the upcoming User Group Leadership Conference.
Roy Atkinson of the Down East Macintosh Users Group and Regional Liaison Team member for the
Northeast United States talks about his group, why they have Austrailian members on their listserv, and the reactions he’s had from groups in his area to his “first contact” efforts.

Thomas Piper of the appleJAC Macintosh Users Group discusses his role as the Central United States Regional Liaison, how he got started in user groups, and what he would like to accomplish in the coming months.
Lynn Poos of the Silicon Mountain Macintosh Users Group is the only domestic third-term member of the Regional Liaison. He shares his insight into the development and evolution of the team, and helps user groups in his territory and beyond understand what the RLT offers them.

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User Group Report #308: Mac 911 & MUG Newsletters, The Regional Liaison Team, The Final Cut Pro UG Liaison, Campus Groups and MUG Deals

Whether you’re a user group newsletter leader, newsletter editor, or member, from a campus, community or Final Cut Pro user group, there’s something here for you.

Chris Breen
Chris Breen, author of Secrets of the iPod and Mac 911 talks about how and why he and Macworld magazine are making parts of his “Mac 911” column available for publication in MUG newsletters through The MUG Center’s Newsletter Content E-mail List.
Sandy Foderick
Sandy Foderick of the User Group Advisory Board discusses the new Regional Liaison Team, why MUG leaders should connect with them, the benefits and information the team members will offer, and why keeping your group’s information on the Apple web site current.
Gary Adcock
Gary Adcock of the Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group outlines his credentials as the new Regional Liaison Team member dedicated to Final Cut Pro User Groups and talks about his own group and their presence at the MacDesign Conference in their home town.
Ty Beckman
Ty Beckman of Western Illinois University Macintosh Users Group profiles his organization, what they offer, how they are organized and what they bring to their campus.

User Group Report #307: The Appleworks Users Group, Education-Based MUGs and Maryland Apple Corps’ 25th Anniversary

If you are looking for enthusiastic user group leaders, look no further. Each of this month’s guests demonstrate what can happen to a MUG when the leaders are committed and having fun with what they do.

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Warren Williams and Cathy Merrit of the Appleworks Users Group talk about what makes up the world’s largest user group, what they offer to their members, what they have in common with and how they help support community user groups and more.

Dave Lawrence
David Lawrence of the Pilot Butte Technology Users talks about education institution-based user groups, how it fits in with his school district, and how user group experience can be a big benefit when applying for a job.

Arno Drucker
Arno Drucker of The Maryland Apple Corps discusses his group’s longevity, their upcoming twenty-fifth anniversary celebration with Steve Wozniak, and what goes on behind the scenes.