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A look back at The Executive Summary

It’s been a few weeks since we’ve started this new weekly format, and I thought it would be fitting to take a look back at our humble beginnings as a bi-monthly magazine, The Executive Summary. Our archives have over 20(!) years worth of ezines, all accessible here:

Let’s take a look back at our early editions of the publication that started it all:

August 1998

  • I’m particularly fond of the fact that NCA was announcing that they had gone electronic in ’98, a precursor to our nearly paperless world today.
  • I have to also admit, I’m tantalized by the headline of “Are you still beating your spouse?” – that’s the equivalent of today’s clickbait! (On the next page, it clarifies that the question refers to proposal orals – still don’t get it, guess I’ll have to read to find out…)

October 2001, May 2002

  • The 2000s brought a literal punch of color to the publication! The flashy logo showed up in all sorts of bright hues. During that time, there was also a focus on certification and a “Proposal Profession Day”, which appears to have been a precursor to our flagship Mid-Atlantic Conference (MAC):



The magazine got a facelift in 2006. The cover touts the benefits of joining APMP-NCA, as well as encouraging members to take the “new” certification exams for Foundation, Practitioner, and Professional; certifications that are well known and revered among all in the proposal industry today:


The ezine went through another logo change, and this one stuck until 2018, when the ezine went entirely online

2018 – 2020

All of our articles are now available to read ANYTIME on our website at apmpnca.org/blog – check out the articles from the last few weeks, as well as articles from our last ezine:


  • Jessica Rodriguez-Privett

    Hi! I'm Jessica and I manage APMP-NCA's blog. I live in the lovely mountains of VA with my husband, daughter and too many pampered pets. If you're interested in contributing your ideas to our blog, email me at blog@apmpnca.org. A lot of people (including myself!) just "fell" into this business, so NCA is looking to share the latest and greatest on a variety of topics - everything from proposal development to self-development, government contracts to virtual job interviews. If there is something worth discussing, just let me know!