Social Media Club Forms Interim Board To Chart Strategic Direction and Advance Its Goals

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Social Media Club (SMC), a new media and advocacy organization focused on social media, today announced that 42 well-regarded industry leaders have volunteered to form an interim Board of Directors.

The new interim board has been charted to address several key organizational and strategic deliverables, including development of membership goals, acceleration of local chapter development, increase in adoption of industry standards and implementation of a new legal structure to enhance future growth.

New interim Board Member and Adjunct Professor of Social Media at University of Miami Alex de Carvalho said "The Social Media Club is an important industry organization that has been working to establish social media standards and ethics. The voluntary participation of such noted industry leaders to further its mission is a clear indication of the Social Media Club's value and contributions. I look forward to collaborating with the new interim board to progress the Social Media Club from being a 'big idea' to serving the community as a prominent agent of change."

According to Chris Heuer, founder of Social Media Club and Partner at The Conversation Group, "The Social Media Club is honored to have so many accomplished and well-regarded industry evangelists come forward to lead the organization. While the interim board will focus on charting the organization's future direction, our core mission will remain the same: promotion of media literacy; support of industry standards efforts such as Creative Commons licensing, Microformats, Data Portability and OpenID; discussion and promotion of ethical behavior; and sharing our knowledge among our members and the industry community at large."

Co-Founder and Social Media Club President Kristie Wells added, "We are grateful to have received so much support from around the world over the past two years. With nearly 200 paying members and over 500 open members - we are deeply appreciative of the volunteer efforts to make the Social Media Club a success. With leading corporate members, such as Business Wire and SHIFT Communications, as well as dedicated individual professionals, the Social Media Club will continue to gain momentum and serve the greater needs of the industry while sharing our lessons learned along the way."

The board will also focus on increasing its research efforts and strengthening relationships with other organizations such as the Society for New Communications Research (SNCR) and the International Association for Business Communicators (IABC). The interim board's work will be completed once the club reorganizes as a new entity, and holds an election amongst its members for a formal Board of Directors.

The newly named/appointed members of the interim board are leading social media analysts, bloggers and business leaders, and are as follows:

Lee Aase; Rohit Bhargava; Richard Binhammer; Michael Brito; Chris Brogan; Alex de Carvalho; Mike Chapman; Megan Cole; Todd Defren; Serena Ehrlich; Jason Falls; Maggie Fox; Jon Gatrell; Howard Greenstein; Francine Hardaway; Josh Hallett; Annie Heckenberger; Chuck Hester ; Sherry Heyl; Tara Hunt; Bill Johnston; Jennifer McClure; Mike McGrath; Jake McKee; Gregory Narain; Lee Odden; Erica O'Grady;Jeremiah Owyang; David Parmet; Jackie Peters; Pierre-Yves Platini; Douglas Pollei; Connie Reece; Chris Saad; Andy Sernovitz; Brian Solis; J.J. Toothman; Todd Van Hoosear and Des Walsh.

About the Social Media Club

The Social Media Club centers on the sharing of best practices, establishing ethics and standards, and promoting media literacy with a focus on the emerging discipline of Social Media. The Social Media Club brings together journalists, publishers, communication professionals, artists, amateur media creators, citizen journalists, teachers, students, tool makers, and other interested collaborators who create and consume media and have an interest in seeing the industry improve and evolve. The Social Media Club provides a forum for diverse groups and individuals to discover, connect, share and learn about social media and to play a role in its future evolution.

Watch a video from Social Media Club founder Chris Heuer: http://blip.tv/file/1062026 and find out more about the opportunities in social media at http://www.socialmediaclub.org.

The Social Media Club wishes to thank PRWeb for volunteering press release distribution services.

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