I have the privilege of chairing the Mid Atlantic Region of the Society for Photographic Education. I've held this esteemed unpaid position for the past eight years. My major responsibility is overseeing the planning and execution of a yearly conference. This year's theme was The Market. Folks from the reality TV show Art Star presented a dynamite keynote presentation. A 'come as you died' zombie party was scheduled at the Holiday Inn following the keynote address. Excerpts from my introductory remarks are below.