Interviews | April 13, 2021
Nathan Goldberg Wins 2021 PSDA Member of the Year Award
It was time for the PSDA Board of Directors’ call, and Nathan Goldberg was prepared.
One of the topics to be discussed during the call was the 2020 PSDA Member of the Year Award. Goldberg, the owner and president of Specialized Office Systems, had thought about it for a while and come up with the name of a person he felt should win the award. But when the call started, it quickly went in another direction when one of his peers threw out a different name: “Nathan Goldberg.”
“I didn’t expect it at all, but it was very flattering,” Goldberg says. “I just feel like I’ve made such great connections and I’ve gotten so much out of [PSDA], and to get Member of the Year is just icing on the cake.”
At the same time, he questioned whether someone else should receive the award instead. “I’m still like, ‘Really? There’s nobody else?’” Goldberg adds with a chuckle.
The PSDA Member of the Year Award is given annually to the member who makes the most outstanding contribution to the progress of PSDA. It honors the type of member who is willing to help with anything and everything that might be needed, from long-term strategic planning to the nitty-gritty of planning and running an event or meeting.
Goldberg’s willingness to do exactly that is what set him apart when the board began discussing possible recipients of the award. He has been a member of PSDA for about 15 years, and over that time he has helped with just about everything he can.
Goldberg has been on the Executive Committee and was the president of PSDA in 2019. Beyond that, he’s “pretty much done it all,” he says.
“I’ve served on committees, I participate in events, I’ve helped plan events,” Goldberg says. “Every couple days I feel like there’s something PSDA-related to do!”
Though Goldberg was a strong choice to win the Member of the Year Award, he says he doesn’t do well with such public recognition — and that he doesn’t do anything in the hopes of winning an award for it. Through PSDA, Goldberg has met a community of his industry peers and forged many new connections. He has enjoyed getting involved in the association precisely because he believes in its mission and his peers. Goldberg is not looking to bolster his resume for the sake of it or line a shelf with awards.
“I started on the board because I believe in the mission of the organization. I really want to help. I want to help make the organization stronger,” Goldberg says. “Winning the award means that I guess I did something right along the way.”
Goldberg’s involvement in PSDA was especially pronounced in 2020. Despite all of the challenges over the course of the year, he remained committed and involved, including by helping to plan and execute P2P 2020: Plugged In, and organizing online PSDA Huddle conversations. Goldberg and other PSDA leaders didn’t retreat and try to squeak through the year. Instead, he says, they met to discuss how the association and its members could adapt to the changing circumstances and find value in what could otherwise be a year to forget.
While Goldberg helped make a difference in 2020, he says there are many others in PSDA who deserve recognition for their work, too.
“I think everybody worked a little harder in 2020 out of sheer necessity,” Goldberg says.
True to form, Goldberg is not ready to rest on his laurels. He didn’t celebrate on the day he learned he would win the Member of the Year Award — because “there was still work to be done,” Goldberg explains. Similarly, he is now looking for new opportunities to network within PSDA and continue to strengthen his business.
“I really believe there is no time to just sit back,” Goldberg says. “In anything you do, you have to continue to push forward, and you have to take advantage of opportunities that you have when you have them.”
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