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Four Suppliers Achieve New Customer Certified Sales Expert (CCSE) Designation
The Hive Network announced today that four suppliers have completed the industry’s new Customer Certified Sales Expert (C.C.S.E) designation. First to achive the designation was Jennifer R. Sena, owner of Sena Sales & Marketing, followed by Deana Mitchell, CMP, DMCP, owner of Realize Planning – a Global DMC Partner; Taya Paige, VP of marketing at ACCESS Destination Services, and Tracy Fairman, CMP, CHDM, CEO of e-ProDirect.
“Getting the CCSE designation was definitely worth my time and the return on investment has already been worthwhile,” said Sena. “I have been telling my industry colleagues there is finally relevant education for us, and even if you have to pay for it out of your own pocket, don't hesitate."
“The Customer Certified Sales Expert program exists to alleviate frustration among suppliers – we’re giving them sales tips directly from their customers,” said Shawna Suckow, CMP, founder of The Hive Network. “Most of our courses are taught by senior-level planners, to give suppliers a roadmap on everything from how to write better proposals, to prospecting that gets better receptiveness.”
The Hive Network CCSE program requires candidates to complete 12 webinars taught primarily by senior-level planners. Candidates have a full year to complete their coursework and tests. CCSE designees then can attend private meet-ups of senior-level planners at major industry conferences like IMEX, MPI WEC, and IncentiveWorks. For complete information on The Hive Network and the CCSE program, visit www.thehivenetwork.org.
Conference Event Management (CEM) Announces Launch of Mentor Tank
Conference Event Management (CEM) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Mentor Tank™ program inspired by Iowa’s involvement in Million Women Mentors under the leadership of Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds. Million Women Mentors (MWM) is a national initiative with aims of developing confidence in girls and young women to pursue courses, degrees and careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related fields as well as increasing the representation of women in these fields.
In support of the mission of MWM, CEM President Michelle DeClerck founded Mentor Tank™, the first of its kind in Iowa, as a monthly gathering for young women to connect with DeClerck and other professional women to learn about hot topics affecting women in today’s workforce, including the event planning and hospitality industry, career skills, women business ownership, and strategies for fulfilling career and mentoring opportunities. Mentor Tank™ will involve women professionals from numerous industries as panelists to speak on their respective fields and will include professionals in STEM positions. Monthly events will take place at the CEM office in West Des Moines.
Young women (high school seniors through recently graduated college students) looking for career support or opportunities, including those who want to enter the hospitality industry, are invited to attend and come armed with questions and prepared to share concerns, best practices and suggest topics to cover more in depth.
The inaugural Mentor Tank™ will take place on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.
Interested individuals are invited to learn more by visiting the Conference Event Management Facebook page and viewing the event “First Mentor Tank™: Event Planning and Hospitality Industry.” Mentor Tank ™ events are free to attend. Attendees are asked to please RSVP to the Facebook event.
For more information, contact Mandy McWherter at email@example.com.
Read the full announcement here.
ISES Announces New International President
The International Special Events Society (ISES) has elected Kevin White CSEP, as it’s new International President for the 2014/15 year.
Kevin, founder and chief strategist of XPL, the Boston based live experience agency, is a previous President of the ISES New York Metro Chapter and has been a member of the International Board of Governors for the past seven years. He was inaugurated at the association’s Annual General Meeting, which took place during ISES Live in Seattle, WA.
Commenting on his election, Kevin said; "Its an exciting time to be part of the leadership of ISES. We are engaged in high level, long-term discussions about the power and value of community and how they can be brought to bear in today’s hyper-distractive world. The society is contemplating some powerful pivots in our approach and it will be incredible to watch the end results come to life”.
Also announced during ISES Live, was the destination for ISES Live 2015, which will be held in the City of New Orleans.
MPI Foundation Breaks Fundraising Record at WEC 2014, Prepares for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night in October
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation recently raised more than $170,000 during the 2014 World Education Congress (WEC), setting a new record for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The funds will go towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which provides chapter grants and scholarships to MPI members.
The MPI Foundation held three fundraisers during WEC 2014, including The Big Deal, an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament; the Not-So-Silent Auction; and Rendezvous, the foundation’s signature networking event. Next month, the foundation will host its largest networking fundraiser, Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night on October 15, 2014. The annual event usually draws close to 2,000 industry professionals and will be held this year at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub on the rooftop of The Cromwell in Las Vegas.
“Thank you to everyone who supported MPI Foundation events during WEC earlier this month and also to those who will join us for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night in October,” said Gus Vonderheide, chairman of the MPI Foundation. “Your support of the MPI Foundation will strengthen our community today and help secure the future of our industry.”
Since January 2013, the MPI Foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants, scholarships and pan-industry research. The foundation currently offers MPI membership 21 different types of scholarship opportunities as well as three types of grants for MPI chapters. Detailed information and applications as well as new video testimonials can be found on the foundation’s website.
MPI Foundation U.S. events in 2014 are made possible thanks to generous contributions from several sponsors, including Caesars Entertainment, Encore Productions, Hilton Worldwide, San Francisco Travel, Universal Orlando, IMEX America, Freeman, and Synchronicities. For event details and ticket information for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night, visit www.mpiweb.org/rendezvous-imex.
About the MPI Foundation
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation.
Patterson Elected Chair of Association Societies Alliance
Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, president and owner of AMPED has been elected chair of the board of the Association Societies Alliance (ASA), a national federation of societies of association executives. Patterson serves as president and CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE), a client of AMPED.
As chair of ASA, Patterson will represent the Alliance on issues of common interest to associations and lead the organization’s strategic initiatives.
“ASA provides an invaluable forum to share ideas and innovation in association management. I’m honored to serve as its chair,” says Patterson.
ASA is a voluntary membership organization comprised of local, regional, multi-state, independent, autonomous society association executives. The purpose of the Alliance is to be the knowledge leader of the profession of association management, preparing society association executive-CEOs for future success.
AMPED - Association Management Partners & Executive Directors - provides full-service association management services to a variety of national and international trade and professional associations from its headquarters in Madison, Wis. More information is available a twww.manageassociations.com.