Each year, the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the association for broadcast and multimedia technology professionals, conducts a member recruitment drive. The drive calls on current SBE members to encourage their non-member colleagues to join the association. This year, 79 individual members and one Sustaining member were recruited.

Shape the FutureThe SBE Membership Drive ran from March 1 until May 31. As a recruiting incentive to members, the SBE asks for prize donations from SBE sustaining member companies. In addition, the recruiter will earn $5 per new member (up to $25) off his or her 2025 membership dues. Four sustaining member companies plus the SBE provided prizes this year, ranging from shirts and hats to broadcast equipment. The SBE donated logo items, a copy of CertPreview, a free Webinars by SBE registration, and books. The theme for the 2024 drive was Shape the Future: Recruit a New SBE Member.

All the recruiters were eligible for the Membership Drive Grand Prize: A trip the SBE National Meeting this fall. (A cash prize option is available if the winner is not able to travel to the SBE National Meeting.) That meeting will be held during the Midwest Regional Broadcasters Clinic in Madison, WI. The Grand Prize winner this year is Mark Johnson of Gray Television, Atlanta.

The SBE thanks the sustaining members who provided prizes: Davicom, Heartland Video Systems, Orban, and Telos. The list of prizes and the winning recruiters will be published in the August 2024 issue of The Signal, the SBE’s bi-monthly newsletter, and on the SBE website.

The close of the drive resulted in 80 new recruited members, who were sponsored by 53 current members. The recruiters represent 44 different SBE chapters.

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