We have been involved with SEMpdx since 2007. I joined the Board of Directors in 2008 as the Sponsorship Chair, followed by two years heading up marketing and became President in 2012. I originally joined the group to learn the industry and make new connections. I was coming into search engine marketing from a more traditional sports marketing and promotions background. The events and members of SEMpdx really embraced me and helped me learn the industry and techniques for SEO and SEM. I have also made some great friends (many of which are competitors as well) that jump at the opportunity to help each other within and outside of the search marketing world.