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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.
International Special Events Society Announces its 2014-2015 International Board of Governors, International Affiliate Chairs and USA Regional Vice-Presidents
The International Special Events Society (ISES) is proud to announce its 2014-2015 International Board of Governors.
Board and Executive Committee member selections are effective August 18, 2014 for fiscal year 2014-2015.
The Officers of the Board are:
The Governors of the Board are:
The International Affiliate Chairs and USA Regional Vice-President member selections are effective August 18, 2014 for fiscal year 2014-2015.
The International Affiliate Chairs are:
The USA Regional Vice-Presidents are:
ISES was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ISES works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ISES has grown to involve more than 5,000 members active in 54 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ISES provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues. Learn more about ISES at www.ises.com.
Contributions Made to AH&LEF Annual Giving Campaign
AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2013, AH&LEF disbursed more than $1 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for the industry. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $18.5 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about donating, contact Michelle Poinelli, senior vice president of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3181 or email@example.com or visit www.ahlef.org.
AH&LEF is the industry’s philanthropic organization, dedicated to helping people build careers that improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is a subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and provides resources for hospitality-related education and research.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $163 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.
‘My Association | My Club’
BRAND NEW INITIATIVE FOR ASSOCIATION PLANNERS
Following research among Association Meeting Planners and as a direct result of a Focus Group held in London in May to determine the ideal experience for Association Planners, EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) has launched a brand new initiative “My Association | My Club” (www.eibtm.com/myclub).
Initial feedback from the EIBTM Advisory Board along with the findings from the Focus Group highlighted the need for an Association Planner to be able create their own agenda, to have time to network with their peers and Association community and to choose education sessions that suit their business and career needs. Designed to facilitate this flexibility, My Association | My Club will have its own identity (for EIBTM 2014) and will be the first roll out of the concept across the IBTM portfolio.
“Having engaged with meeting planners across the sector and asked for their involvement in helping shape a new way to attend our events, we have listened and acted on what they have told us they want from their time at EIBTM. Association meeting planners have very specific needs and this new offer includes flexibility at its core. From freedom to explore the show floor and discover new suppliers, building an education programme of their choice and having the time to meet with members of their community. It’s all about creating their own personalised programme and that is what the launch of My Association | My Club aims to deliver,“ said Graeme Barnett, EIBTM Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.
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For further information about My Association | My Club, please visit www.eibtm.com/myclub
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IBTM AMERICA New Dynamic Trade Show Format for Chicago 2015
IBTM America 2015 is to be the new name for a transformation of the event that took place as AIBTM in Florida June 10-12, 2014. The new concept is simple but dynamic. IBTM America will remove the costs associated with exhibiting at a trade show by designing a unique turnkey solution where an innovative pod design, completely integrated in an exhibitor meeting space, will give privacy to meetings between buyers and suppliers.
In consultation with the industry, and members of the US Advisory Board, who identified the need for trade shows in this industry to prioritize the time given to meetings with premium buyers but in the most cost effective way, the new event will have now have a 1-1 ratio of buyers and suppliers. Exhibitors will pay one price for a modular booth design ready on arrival for them to start their business of meetings.
IBTM America will have 250 suppliers who will meet with 250 of the most prestigious planners in the global MICE industry. Both buyers and suppliers will be doing business inbound and outbound from the US. Planners will be from the corporate, association, governmental and third party sectors. The exhibitors will be from all sectors of the MICE market and will be split 60% US and 40% international.
IBTM America will take place in Chicago in June 2015.
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AIBTM Trade Show Floor Buzzes On Opening Day
Following AIBTM Knowledge Program, the trade show floor opened at 10 a.m. the morning of June 11 with a ribbon cutting ceremony presented by AIBTM Exhibition Director Michael Lyons; IBTM Global Events Portfolio Director Sallie Coventry; President and CEO of Visit Orlando George Aguel; Chairman of Visit Orlando Paul Mears, III; and Deputy General Manager of Orange County Convention Center Yulita Osuba.
The day began with an important update from the Meetings Mean Business Coalition at the Chapin Theater. Over 250 attendees listened to leaders in the industry discuss its strategic mission to unify under “one voice” and then participated in a Q&A about where the Meetings Mean Business campaign is headed.
Larry Luteran, the Coalition’s co-chair, opened the panel by reiterating the critical importance of meetings to the economy. “For every dollar spent on meetings there’s a $9.50 return,” he said. "Meetings are the number one marketing vehicle to help generate revenue.”
When asked about the greatest success of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition thus far, Deborah Sexton, President and CEO of PCMA, said, “Staying together as one voice is critical to our industry. We won’t stop because the economy has improved; our message has to resonate globally.”
Read the full release here.