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AH&LA Calls for Broader Reforms in Wake of President's Immigration Address
Following President Barack Obama’s address announcing an Executive Order to expand and extend programs for selected groups of undocumented immigrants, the American Hotel and Lodging Association called on the President, Congress and other stakeholders to work together towards comprehensive immigration reform.
“The President and Congress have a unique opportunity to reform and enhance the current immigration system and provide the hotel industry and many other sectors a powerful tool to establish certainty, grow jobs and continue to build our economy. Our nation is desperate for a modern, effective immigration system that reflects the needs of today’s marketplace. Providing employers an efficient system to verify workers, enhancing national security, and creating a process to address those undocumented workers already in the country are just a few of the reforms that would enable hotels to solidify their business models, better understand their current needs and plan for the future,” said Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of the American Hotel and Lodging Association.
“The hotel industry welcomed Senate passage of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act largely because it was a bipartisan, comprehensive approach for fixing our immigration system. And while today’s action by the President seeks to address the critical issue of immigration, we strongly urge President Obama and Congress to work closely together with invested stakeholders and industry leaders to find common-ground solutions that lead to wide-ranging, permanent reforms. By doing so, workers will be better positioned to seek employment in the hotel industry, which provides incredible opportunities for career development and upward mobility. In addition, investors, developers and hotel employers will have the certainty they need to successfully create good jobs, with benefits that so many people need,” Lugar said.
In June 2013, the U.S. Senate passed the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), which included key provisions sought and supported by AH&LA and the lodging industry, including:
Program, establishes a pilot program for the use of secure videoconferencing for visa processing, and reduces wait times
for visa processing. Implementation of these measures will grow U.S. exports, create additional American jobs, and
generate increased tax revenue.
Sold-Out PACK gives BACK™ Event Supports K9s for Warriors
PMMI's PACK gives BACK™ at PACK EXPO International and Pharma EXPO 2014 raised over $34,000 for K9s for Warriors, a charitable organization dedicated to providing service dogs to military veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress as a result of their service since 9/11. The Nov. 3 event, open only to PACK EXPO and Pharma EXPO registrants, featured former Tonight Show host and celebrated comedian Jay Leno.
Leno entertained a sold-out crowd of 1,900, and funds raised included a portion of ticket sales and supplemental donations collected online and on site at PACK EXPO. The program includes three weeks’ training for the canine/warrior teams at the K9s for Warriors facility in Ponte Vedra, Fla. Over 90 percent of the partnered dogs are obtained through rescue groups.
“We’re always happy to support those that have fought for our country,” says Charles D. Yuska, president and CEO, PMMI. “Our service men and women have given so much for us. It’s a pleasure to be able to give something back to them.”
PMMI would like to thank Title Sponsors DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymer and Pro Mach, Inc., and Gold Sponsors Bemis North America and International Paper for supporting PACK gives BACK™.
“PACK gives BACK™ is a way to bring the entire PACK EXPO community together for a greater purpose,” adds Yuska.
A link for donations will be active through November at Packexpointernational.com, and donations are always accepted at K9sforWarriors.org.
Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.
AH&LA Urges new Congress to Focus on Job Growth, Economy Following Midterms
President and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) Katherine Lugar issued the following statement regarding the results from the midterm elections:
“Yesterday, the American people practiced a right and privilege of citizenship by going to the polls and casting their vote for representation in Congress, state capitols, and local jurisdictions. Congratulations to every individual who has been elected for the first time and to the men and women who earned the confidence of the electorate yet again.
“Using the voice of their vote, American men and women have called for change in Washington D.C. and across the country, including by electing a Republican Majority to the United States Senate. The policies considered by this body have a tremendous impact on the hotel industry, from labor issues to healthcare to tax reform. We were pleased that, in the 113th Congress, the Senate overwhelmingly supported the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act, (TRIA), which provides a vital backstop for businesses should they fall victim to a terrorist attack. As this transition takes place, the American Hotel and Lodging Association will continue to advocate for policies that protect jobs in the hotel industry – a sector that remains a bright spot for job growth and opportunity in this difficult economy.
“Now that Election Day is over, Congress should immediately get to work tending to unfinished business. Members on both sides of the aisle should commit to passing sensible policies that foster economic development, promote job growth and empower small businesses, a growing segment of the hotel industry. Before recessing for the year, the House of Representatives should pass TRIA, bipartisan legislation that promotes stability and job growth across many sectors. The Senate passed this bill by a vote of 93-4, sending a clear message to Speaker Boehner and Minority Leader Pelosi about the strength and force of this legislation. The House of Representatives must move swiftly to pass TRIA before it expires at the end of December.
“The American Hotel and Lodging Association welcomes new members and looks forward to connecting yet again with those returning from the campaign trail. Every Election Day serves as a reminder of the strength of our democracy and the opportunity that America represents to the entire world. As an industry that promotes upward mobility, we are eager to work with the 114th Congress to protect job growth and to continue to represent an industry that has, for decades, allowed individuals to work hard and climb the ladder of opportunity to attain success and live the American dream.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.