Heike Mahmoud Named to M&C Magazine’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List

Congratulations to Heike Mahmoud, CMP, of Visit Berlin, for being named as one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry List by Meetings & Conventions Magazine.

In the July issue, M&C Magazine published a curated list of 25 high achieving women in the meetings industry who have helped shape and strengthen our business.

Since joining Visit Berlin in 2001, Heike Mahmoud has helped Berlin double its meeting business, and the German capital currently ranks fourth in the ICCA city rankings.

Mahmoud is also involved with the meetings industry on a broader scale, serving in several positions for European Cities Marketing and the BestCities Global Alliance.

Bacara Resort & Spa Diamond Necklace to be Given Away by ALHI at ASAE Annual

If you are attending the ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit in August, you should be sure to visit Associated Luxury Hotels International’s “Luxury Lane” area. The reason?  In addition to finding out about ALHI’s diamond-studded portfolio of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide which specialize in serving the meetings and incentive marketplace, you will have the chance to register for the chance to win a dazzling one-carat diamond necklace. ALHI is giving away the stunning one-carat “Bacara Resort & Spa Diamond Necklace,” representing the Four- and Five-Diamond ALHI portfolio at the convention, which is being held August 8-11, 2015 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

The diamond necklace is named in honor of Santa Barbara, California’s extraordinary, newly renovated and reimagined oceanfront Bacara Resort & Spa, a distinguished Member of ALHI’s worldwide portfolio. The gem is being given away by ALHI as a means to recognize its exceptional Four- and Five-Diamond quality portfolio ideal for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs. Association executives, meeting professionals, incentive/recognition specialists, and business executives in attendance simply need to stop by ALHI’s “Luxury Lane” area (anchored at Booth #1023), in order to register for the chance to win the bling.

Featuring a truly beautiful coastal setting overlooking the Pacific, Bacara Resort & Spa just completed an impressive multi-million dollar renovation of its 360 guest rooms and suites, with an inviting Spanish Colonial feel. Other recent improvements include a Foley Wine Tasting Room, a new coffee bar, a refreshed seaside restaurant, and an upgraded poolside bar. In addition to its new guestrooms, the resort also offers 70,000 square feet of meeting and event space. Plus, groups and guests also enjoy a 42,000-square-foot spa and wellness center, three zero-edge swimming pools (two with ocean views), direct beach access, four Har-tru clay tennis courts, onsite nature trails, and four restaurants and lounges. The resort is nestled on the bluff and beaches of the Gaviota coast, just 40 miles from Santa Ynez Wine Country and five miles from the Santa Barbara Airport.

“The ‘Bacara Resort & Spa Diamond’ is quite remarkable, just like its namesake resort,” said ALHI President Jim Schultenover. “The talented General Manager and industry veteran Kathleen Cochran leads a remarkable team ready to serve up successful programs of all types in this remarkable resort and beautiful destination in Santa Barbara, California.”

“The diamond giveaway,” Schultenover continued, “is a fun way to spotlight that notable ALHI Member resort, and to draw attention to ALHI’s incredible diamond-studded portfolio of more than 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts that specifically serve the meetings, conventions and incentive marketplace. Planners stopping by our ALHI Luxury Lane area at ASAE, anchored at booth number 1023, can find out about all that is new within ALHI’s portfolio and about the hotels or resorts that could be the ideal site-solution for their upcoming programs. It will just take a moment for planners to register for the chance to win and learn more about ALHI and our outstanding hotels and resorts.”

ALHI (alhi.com) is the leading independent Global Sales Organization (GSO) serving the North American meetings and incentive (M&I) marketplace for its Membership of over 170 Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts worldwide. In addition to the 115,000 rooms and 10 million square feet of function space in the hotel portfolio, ALHI also provides GSO “Alliance” sales services for 9 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs; and a worldwide Destination Management Company (DMC) offering program support from 100 service providers in over 65 countries. One call connects to an experienced ALHI GSO Sales Professional with advocacy and sales assistance for meetings, conventions, and incentive programs.

ALHI is a dues-funded organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to access the GSO network with local professionals and ease and expertise of discussing viable options for your programs.

In addition, for ease of matching specific event criteria, ALHI provides very useful information on 12 defined “Specialty Segments” within the ALHI portfolio which makes it easy for planners to quickly identify site-specific solutions for their programs. These include the “Beach & Island Collection,” “Big Box Solutions,” “Level 5 Collection,” “City Solutions,” “Passport Collection,” “Golf Collection,” “Entertainment & Gaming Collection,” “U-200 Gems,” “Historic Collection,” “Mountain Collection,” “Ocean Line Collection,” and “Bahamas, Bermuda & Caribbean Collection.”

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the 20 professionally-staffed ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, with locations in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Connecticut, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Louisville, New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Richmond, Southern California (3), Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Washington (state). For specifics, go to alhi.com to identify the “ALHI Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2015 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest ALHI Global Sales Office, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), visit ALHI’s “Luxury Lane” area at the ASAE Annual convention (anchored at Booth #1023), and visit www.alhi.com.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre participates in MPS’s Coastal Clean-up Programme

As part of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) agenda, 25 team members happily gave up their Saturday and headed for the beach, not to chill out and relax but to get their hands ‘dirty’ in the Majlis Perbandaran Sepang’s (MPS or Sepang City Council) Coastal Clean-up programme organised in conjunction with World Environment Day 2015 at Bagan Lalang beach recently.

Applauding the MPS’s Coastal Clean-up programme, Chen Soo Yong, the Centre’s Director of Facilities, said the venue was delighted for this opportunity to participate in a positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet.

Together with other volunteers, some 25 kg of trash was the reward for their hard day’s work which was “well worth giving up a Saturday for,” said Chen.

This year (2015), the venue is also involved in KLCC Property Holdings Berhad’s Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Campaign 2015 intended to increase public awareness of the safe disposal of HHW. HHW are household products that contain potentially hazardous ingredients that may be corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive and require special care when it comes to disposal such as used batteries, light bulbs and electronic/electrical devices. The Centre’s HHW collection point is located at the Concourse Level, Centre Core, and is open from 9.00am to 10.00pm daily, until 31 December 2015.

Other on-going sustainability and conservation efforts practiced by the Centre include a 3R (reduce, re-use and recycle) campaign to encourage staff and visitors to reduce wastage, and re-use and recycle where possible; sponsorship of 290 trees to date under the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia’s (FRIM) Conservation Culture Programme with monies allocated for door and speaker gifts from her annual Association Seminar since 2010; use biodegradable cleaning products; minimal use of pesticides; sourcing of products from environmentally-conscious suppliers and locally-produced products for the culinary department; and fine-tuning systems like lighting control and on-demand escalators ie, motionless unless being used by a guest, for energy savings, and encouraging delegate participation in the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau’s (MyCEB) ‘Let’s Meet & Green’ tree-planting programme.

Themed ‘Sustainable Consumption and Production’, World Environment Day 2015 was celebrated on 5 June to raise global awareness of positive environmental action to protect nature and planet Earth.

ASAE Announces 112 Professionals Earned Prominent CAE Credential


WASHINGTON—One hundred twelve association professionals recently received their Certified Association Executive (CAE) credential from the CAE Commission of ASAE, joining more than 4,000 industry leaders worldwide.

The Summer 2015 class of CAEs successfully completed the CAE examination administered nationwide in May. They will be honored, along with the Winter 2015 class of CAEs, during the 2015 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Detroit, August 8–11. A listing by state of the Summer 2015 class of CAEs can be found at the end of the release.

“Congratulations to the 112 newly-certified association professionals who have attained the highest level of professional competency in association management,” said Kimberly A. Knight, MBA, CMP, CAE, chair of the CAE Commission and Assistant Corporate Secretary & Director Board Relations, AARP. “CAE’s help increase awareness about the profession, and they have gained knowledge that will help them navigate the association industry today as well as in the future.”

The CAE Program serves to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance, and designate those who have acquired and have demonstrated knowledge essential to the practice of association management. The CAE Program is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA).

The next CAE examination will be administered on December 4, 2015. The application deadline is September 25.

For more details about the CAE exam, contact Lori Furtado, CAE, senior director of credentialing, at 202-626-2759 or caedept@asaecenter.org.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 9,300 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.


CAEs By State

Summer 2015 Class

Marcel Bourdase, MPA, CAE
AM Division Manager
Professional Exchange Service Corporation
Fresno, CA

Dot Wright, CAE
Professional Independent Insurance Agents of Colorado
Denver, CO

District of Columbia
Shani Watts Bagley, PMP, CAE
Associate VP, Operations &Technology
American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity
Washington, DC

Andrea M. Burnett, MBA, CAE
Sr. Dir., Info Technology Svcs
American Council on Education
Washington, DC

Kristin Clarke, CAE
Business Journalist; Director, Soc Resp.
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Matthew A. Coffindaffer, CAE
Manager, Volunteer Relations
ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Washington, DC

Kraig Thomas Conrad, MBA, CAE
Washington, DC
Katrina S. Crist, MBA, CAE
Chief Executive Officer
Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Washington, DC

Greg Doggett, JD, CAE
Counsel, Legal & Policy Affairs
340B Health
Washington, DC

Joshua Hunt, CAE
Managing Director, REALTOR.org
National Association of Realtors Washington DC Office
Washington, DC

Jakub M. Konysz, MA, CAE
Manager, Strategic Global Initiatives
American Chemical Society
Washington, DC

Shomari Raymond McCrimons, MBA, CAE
Manager, Data Analytics
AARP Services Inc
Washington, DC

Rick Peluso, MBA, CAE
American Society of Interior Designers
Washington, DC

Christina Woodall Ronaldson, CPM, CAE
Director, Affinity Programs
National Association of Home Builders
Washington, DC

Patricia M. Sakellarides (Saks), CAE
Vice President, Operations
Corn Refiners Association Inc
Washington, DC

Deborah Marie Young, CAE
Associate Program Officer
National Academy of Engineering
Washington, DC

Marsha Kiner, MS, CAE
Associate Executive Director
Association of Florida Colleges
Tallahassee, FL

Louise Lobinske, QAS, CAE
Administrative Assistant
Cardinal Staffing Services
Tallahassee, FL

Christian D. Malesic, MBA, IOM, CAE
Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida
Melbourne, FL

Karen I. Bremer, CAE
Executive Director
Georgia Restaurant Association
Atlanta, GA

Mary Beth Benner, CAE
Senior Operations Manager
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL

Larisa E. Bezak, CAE
Manager, Member Services & Operations
CFA Society of Chicago
Chicago, IL

William C. Bruce, CAE
Chief Technology Officer
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Des Plaines, IL

Jose L. Cariño, MBA, CAE
Dir., Profess. Development Services
Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals
Saint Charles, IL

Kimberly A. Eskew, MBA, CAE
Executive Director
Chicago, IL

Karen M. Freeman, FACHE, CAE
Assistant Director, Customer Service
American College of Healthcare Executives
Chicago, IL

Susan Hohenhaus, LPD, RN, CEN, FAEN, CAE
Executive Director
Emergency Nurses Association
Des Plaines, IL

Joan A. Kram, FACHE, CAE
Executive Director
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL

Emily A. Muse, CAE
Manager, Communities & Programs
Association Management Center
Chicago, IL

Sara J. Nelli, CAE
Marketing Specialist
American Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Park Ridge, IL

Jennifer Nemkovich, CAE
Director, Strategic Planning & Operations
American College of Chest Physicians
Glenview, IL

Christie Pruyn, CAE
Executive Director, MPI Chicago
Meeting Expectations
Oak Brook, IL

Betty A. Sanders, MBA, CAE
Senior Manager, Board of Governors
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, IL

Tracy J. Sereiko, MBA, CAE
Associate Executive Director, Member Services
American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rosemont, IL

Allison Summers, CIS, CAE
Executive Director
Zonta International
Oak Brook, IL

Jennifer M. Ver Huel, CAE
Dir., Member Org. Involvement & Repoting
American Medical Association
Chicago, IL

Jason Wampler, CAE
Director of Information Management & Technology
Society for Vascular Surgery
Chicago, IL

Michele L. Camarco, CAE
Director of Business Affairs
Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Inc
Carmel, IN

Megan Baker, CAE
Director of Operations
Association of Boards of Certification
Ankeny, IA

Jessica Dunker, CAE
President and CEO
Iowa Restaurant Association
West Des Moines, IA

Stephanie Newman, CAE
Association Manager
AMP Management Services
Olathe, KS

Miranda Rose Chaplin, CAE
CASE Operations Coordinator
National Association of Agricultural Educators
Lexington, KY

Tobin P. Conley, CAE
Senior Consultant, Technology Management
DelCor Technology Solutions
Silver Spring, MD

Eduardo Leite de Oliveira Nunes, CAE
Senior Director, Transfusion Medicine, Standards,
Bethesda, MD

Kristen M. Philips, IOM, CAE
Account Executive
The Joseph E. Shaner Company
Baltimore, MD

Cecilia Sepp, CAE
Consultant & Writer
CS Association Services
Silver Spring, MD

Patricia Crowley, CAE
Vice President, Governance & Member Rel.
Massachusetts Hospital Association
Burlington, MA

Kimberly Prosper, IOM, CMP, CAE
Specialty Society Relations
Massachusetts Medical Society
Waltham, MA

David F. White, Esq., CAE
Director, Governmental Affairs
Massachusetts Dental Society
Southborough, MA

Jonathan Horsman, CAE
Communications Director
Minnesota Nursery and Landscape Association
Saint Paul, MN

Michelle A. Jones, CAE
Assistant Director & Project Manager
Matrix Meetings Inc
Rochester, MN

Melissa Mahoney, CAE
Senior Director, Operations
International Association of Administrative Professionals
Kansas City, MO

Sharica Smallwood Ware, CAE
Chapter Relations Manager
American Public Works Association
Kansas City, MO

April Miller, RCE, CAE
Executive Administrator
Reno / Sparks Association of Realtors Inc
Reno, NV

New Jersey
Michael V. Brennan, CMP, IOM, CAE
Executive Director
Anthony J. Jannetti Inc.
Pitman, NJ

Valerie J.W. Finch, CMA, CAE
Institute of Management Accountants
Montvale, NJ

Karyn Waller, CPA, CAE
Association Executive, Certification Specialist
Kendall Park, NJ

New York
Kristen Phillips, MPA, CAE
Communications Manager & Editor
LeadingAge New York
Latham, NY

Courtney L. White, MLS, CAE
Director, Outreach
American Thoracic Society
New York, NY

North Carolina
Amy Dawn Everett, CAE
Member Services Manager
North Carolina Rural Water Association Inc.
Welcome, NC

Elizabeth Green, OTR/L, CDRS, CAE
Executive Director / CEO
ADED:  The Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists
Hickory, NC

Brent Allen Hazelett, MPA, CAE
Chief Operating Officer and VP
North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians Inc
Raleigh, NC

Kirby Jerel Noel, CAE
Senior Account Manager
FirstPoint Management Resources
Raleigh, NC

Linda C. Owens, CAE
IMI Association Executives Inc
Morrisville, NC

Lisa Ward, CAE
Director of Public Afairs
North Carolina Dental Society
Raleigh, NC

Blair Wilburn, IOM, CAE
Director of Communications & Marketing
North Carolina Association of Realtors Inc
Greensboro, NC

Lucianne Ridolfo, CAE
Director of Education & Membership
Ohio Foot and Ankle Medical Association
Columbus, OH

Dixie J. Russell, CMP, CAE
Managing Director
Offinger Management
Columbus, OH

Kristy L. Spires, CAE
Ohio Education Association
Columbus, OH

Kimberly Wieland, MPH, CAE
Executive Director
Fernley & Fernley Inc
Philadelphia, PA

Betty J. Cartwright, CMP, CAE
Director Meeting and Financial Services
American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Memphis, TN

Elizabeth Wasternack, CAE
Senior Project Manager
Parthenon Management Group
Brentwood, TN

Christopher Bugbee, CAE
Chief Operating Officer
OneStar Foundation
Austin, TX

Jody Elrod, CAE
Director of Training & Curriculum Dev.
Associated Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Texas
Buda, TX

Kelly George, CAE
Director of Distance Learning
Austin, TX

Esmeralda González, CAE
Professional Development Coordinator
Texas Association of School Business Officials
Austin, TX

Claire Morris Idell, CAE
Texas Area Director
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Austin, TX

Taylor Y. Jackson, CMP, CAE
Director of Business Development
Austin Apartment Association
Austin, TX

Matthew L. Marcial, CMP, MBA, CAE
Senior Director, Events
Meeting Professionals International
Dallas, TX

Frank Mortl III, CAE
Executive Vice President
American Fire Sprinkler Association Inc
Dallas, TX

Diane Tyler, CAE
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program
Austin, TX

Anna Amselle, CPA, MBA, CAE
Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Financ
National Recreation and Park Association
Ashburn, VA

Barbara J. Armentrout, CAE
Relationship Director
Marketing General Inc
Alexandria, VA

Ernest J. Barrens, CAE
Director of Chapter Relations, Northeast Region
American Inns of Court Foundation
Alexandria, VA

Howard Berman, CAE
Director of Membership & Administration
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Alexandria, VA

Susanne Connors Bowman, CAE
The Haefer Group Ltd
Merrifield, VA

John F. Boyle, CAE
Asst Vice Pres, Prof. Dev. & Educ.
National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
Falls Church, VA

Matthew D. Brusch, MBA, CAE
VP, Communications & Practice Info.
National Investor Relations Institute
Alexandria, VA

Mark Cannon, CAE
Deputy Executive Director, COO/CFO
Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials International
Alexandria, VA

Andrew Clarke, CAE
Dunn Loring, VA
Alexandra A. Cortez, IOM, CAE
Professional Development Program Manager
Construction Management Association of America
McLean, VA

Meeghan De Cagna, MS, CAE
Vice President, Student Engagement
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Alexandria, VA

Eileen Erickson, APR+M, CAE
Director, Comms & Marketing, Assoc Publisher
Society of American Military Engineers
Alexandria, VA

DeeJay R. Garringo, CAE
Sr. Director, Programs & Membership
STAT Association Management & Marketing
Fairfax, VA

Alison E. Heron, CAE
Director, Membership, Division and Units
Council for Exceptional Children
Arlington, VA

Kelly C. Hoff, CAE
Director, Technology & Development
American Thyroid Association
Falls Church, VA

Jennifer Sunshine Jushchuk, PHR, CCP, CAE
Human Resources Manager
NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association
Arlington, VA

Thomas J. Kearney, CPA, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
American Frozen Food Institute
McLean, VA

Kenzie Mahla, IOM, CAE
Director, Governance & Chapter Relations
Construction Management Association of America
McLean, VA

Daniel Marin, CAE
Manager, Operations and Administration
Council of Better Business Bureaus Inc
Arlington, VA

Jennifer S. Moulton, IOM, CAE
Director, Administration
American Wholesale Marketers Association
Fairfax, VA

Alexandra Mouw, CAE
Sr. Consultant, Strategic Web Solutions
Results Direct
Alexandria, VA

Richard T. O’Grady, CAE
Senior Advisor
American Institute of Biological Sciences
McLean, VA

Amber Okes, MPA, CAE
Board Relations & Business Planning Manager
HR Certification Institute
Alexandria, VA

Janay B. Rickwalder, CAE
VP, Membership, Marketing and Comm
National Pest Management Association
Fairfax, VA

Matt Riley, CAE
Senior Director, Professional Development
National Court Reporters Association
Vienna, VA

Lisa M. Stover, CPA, CAE
Chief Financial Officer
HR Certification Institute
Alexandria, VA

Joyce Warner (Neverov), MBA, CAE
Senior Vice President & Chief of Staff
Alexandria, VA

Victoria N. Wenzel-Lamb, MBA, CAE
Dir of Leadership, SNMTS Admin
Society of Nuclear Medicine
Reston, VA

Jeffrey B. Curwen, CAE
Management Consultant
Renton, WA
Jolie Estes, MS, CAE
Owner/Executive Director
Innovative Management Solutions
Everett, WA

Michelle Czosek, CAE
Associate Director
AMPED – Association Management Partners & Executive Directors
Madison, WI

Government Meeting Educational Sessions Just Added to MEET National

We are excited to announce that Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP) will offer three educational sessions focused on government meeting planning at MEET National.

Government meeting planners will learn more about the unique challenges, intricacies and trends specific to government meeting planning.

Expect to meet with more government planners than ever before!

Sessions include:

• Doing the Right Thing When No One is Looking: It’s much easier to “do the right thing” when others are observing and the fear of getting caught is high. But what if no one is looking? Is our ethical behavior the same?
• The Future of Government Meetings: When the GSA Scandal rocked the hospitality industry in 2012, it changed the way the Federal government plans and executes meetings. There was media frenzy and Congressional involvement. Things have gotten better though – planners will learn about how things have changed – and how they have stayed the same.

If you’re looking to connect with government meeting planners, meet them at MEET National.

Learn more today>>http://www.meetconference.com/

IAEE Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Top Public Events Recognition Program

New System, Reduced Rates Make it Easier than Ever to Apply

DALLAS, 7 July 2015 – The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) Public Events Council will be accepting applications until 30 September 2015 for its Top Public Events Recognition Program, which recognizes best practices in the business-to-consumers segment of the exhibitions and events industry. Events will be judged by an impartial panel of consumer event experts on specific event criteria and general areas such as demonstrated sound business practices, stability and exceptional customer service.

New for 2015: The Top Public Events program criteria will remain the same as year’s past, but the submission process will now be housed within IAEE’s Art of the Show Competition platform. Click here to apply. IAEE has implemented a new, easy-to-use online system that streamlines the submission process. Public Event producers may also use this platform to enter as many as 15 categories in the IAEE Art of the Show Competition, which recognizes excellence in the development of promotional and marketing materials for any trade or consumer event. To find out more about the Art of the Show Competition, click here.

“The new online application system is more user-friendly and allows for greater exposure for public events,” says Public Events Council Chairperson Bob Morgan, General Manager, Dulles Expo Center. “It is a great opportunity to recognize the impact that public events have on the overall exhibitions and events industry. We are very excited about this year’s changes, and have reduced the fee for participating in both programs to give public event organizers an opportunity to fully explore them.”

The deadline for submitting entries is 30 September 2015. Winners will be recognized at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2015 on 1-3 December in Baltimore, Md. Click here to view previous Top Public Events. For more information, contact Terri Phillips, 972-687-9213 or tphillips@iaee.com.

About the IAEE Public Events Council
The IAEE Public Events Council is charged with bringing awareness, engagement, education and recognition to the public events community. Public events resources such as the industry reports, education opportunities at the annual meetings, information about the Top Public Events recognition program and the public event organizer discussion group can be found on the IAEE website.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: American Airlines, Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau, BearCom, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Baltimore, Visit Orlando and VoiceLogic. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

New features added to IMEX America Education Program for 2015

IMEX America, now in its fifth year, will once again offer a wide range of valuable and inspiring new ideas, knowledge and experiences through its highly popular education program when it takes place in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo® and The Venetian®| The Palazzo® on October 13th – 15th.

Learning in One Place

Providing a centralized and convenient location, all the education on the show floor will this year be located at the Inspiration Hub – incorporating sessions that in the past took place there and in the Sustainability and Technology areas.

At the Inspiration Hub, the education sessions will be presented in a variety of formats, from Seminars, Campfires and Meet the Expert to Hot Topic Tables and a Research Pod. This will create a “learning hot spot” at the heart of the show with more than 100 sessions hosted by leading experts in their fields. Creativity techniques, always enjoyed by participants, will also be woven into education across the show.

Smart Monday, Powered by MPI

There are also multiple opportunities for buyers and exhibitors to add to their knowledge through co-located events, including the daily MPI keynotes and the Smart Monday, Powered by MPI, program on October 12th. Smart Monday for the second year will also include the PCMA Business School as well as Association Focus with sessions delivered by ASAE and ICCA. Rounding out the education programs, the Future Leaders Forum, Executive Meetings Forum and the Faculty Exchange sessions will also take place again this year at IMEX America.

New Tracks for Young & Senior Professionals

To make the most of this rich education program and allow buyers and exhibitors to zero in on or mix and match specific areas of interest, sessions at the show will be identified around 10 speciality tracks including: Business Skills, Marketing & Communications, Risk Management & Compliance, Technology & Social Media, Trends & Research, Creative Learning, Health & Wellbeing, Diversity, Sustainability and General Education.

Two new session tracks will also be added with content specifically tailored towards Young Professionals – for anyone with up to 3 years’ experience – and Senior Professionals – for those with 8 years’ experience or more.

To make it easier to count Continuing Education credits, pre-certified CMP/CEU points will be assigned to sessions where applicable and a downloadable CMP tracking sheet is available on the IMEX America website as well as at the show in the Inspiration Hub.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group says: “Our education program evolves each year so that it continues to reflect changes in the industry and engages buyers and suppliers, whether they are looking to gain CMP/CEU Points, catching up on technology trends or exploring the latest sustainability solutions. There is something for everyone, whatever their preferred learning style or interest.”

A full education schedule will be posted on the IMEX America website in early August. In the meantime to find out more about education at IMEX America overall, please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/events/education/.

An At a Glance schedule of major events at IMEX America 2015 is also now available at: http://www.imexamerica.com/events/at-a-glance/schedule/.

Hosted buyer and attendee registration is open. To register please visit http://www.imexamerica.com/register/.

Association of Women in Events Announces Founding Board of Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of Women in Events, a new organization launched in March 2015, has announced its founding board of directors. The association received over 65 applications for membership on the inaugural board, and founders spent several weeks vetting candidates for these important leadership roles. The Board of Directors is expected to guide the vision of the association throughout the first formative years and shape the community surrounding the organization.

The Association of Women in Events was founded by Carrie Abernathy, Tamela Blalock, Mas Tadesse Harris, Mary Higham, and Kiki Janssens. The mission of the organization is to provide women professionals in the meetings and events industry a place for sharing best practices, networking, professional development, career advancement and recognition. By the end of the 2015 year, AWE initiatives such as membership and education plan to be launched with the guidance and leadership of the board members.

“This specific group of board members are leaders in the events industry, and we feel each of them will truly encompass the mission of the organization and bring the association to life”, said co-founder Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP, “We are excited to start working on the future and building a community”.

The Founding Board of Directors will have one- and two-year roles. Board members were chosen from an array of fields to include media, government, corporate, and association markets. The board members represent several regions of the United States, with members hailing from Washington, D.C., Chicago, Las Vegas, Dallas, Los Angeles, Orlando and Denver. The founding board of director’s first in-person meeting will take place at the Hilton Washington, D.C., on July 23, 2015. The official Founding Board of Directors roster is available at www.womeninevents.org or email admin@womeninevents.org.

Young VIPs Unleash Creativity In ‘Make-Your-Own’ Icy Fun

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre hosts underprivileged children for buka puasa

In the spirit of Ramadan, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) brought smiles to 80 excited children from Living HOPE* and Persatuan Kebajikan Generasi Gemilang* (PKGG) when the youngsters were treated to the Centre’s sumptuous ‘Kampung Classics’ buka puasa buffet of an array of traditional and contemporary favourites.

But before sitting down to enjoy their meal, the young guests were invited to put on their creative hat for some ‘sweet, sticky, icy’ fun! Guided by the Centre’s chefs and team members, the children decorated stick ice cream to create their own signature lolly ice cream which they later happily slurped away as one of their buka puasa desserts.

A beaming Dr Peggy Wong, founder and chairman of Living HOPE, thanked the Centre for this annual outing which is “made extra memorable with a creative and fun activity.  The children look forward to the Centre’s buka puasa feast every year but it is extra special for those (children) who are breaking fast outside the home for the first time.”

“The children really enjoy the occasion as many never have the opportunity to visit the Centre or experience 5-star cuisine,” said Mr. Law Gin Kye, founder of PKGG. 

The Centre also presented goodie bags of sweet treats and duit raya to the young VIPs.

*Living HOPE is a charitable organisation whose mission is to provide food and education and to act as an education resource centre for children from hardcore poor families around the country.

*Persatuan Kebajikan Generasi Gemilang (PKGG) is a not-for-profit welfare organisation that sets out to raise an exemplary next generation and build stronger families. Its key focus areas are mentoring the next generation with leadership and life skills, equipping parents and youths to face cyber-related issues, and community development for marginalised communities in Malaysia.

ASAE Names the 2015 ‘Power of A’ Award Winners

WASHINGTON—ASAE will honor six associations with the 2015 Summit Award, which is the highest recognition under The Power of A Awards. The six organizations will accept their awards on September 30 during the 16th Annual Summit Awards Dinner at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

The winners were selected by the Power of A Awards Judging Committee, and the committee received 140 entries, which is a 40 percent increase from last year. The awards are part of The Power of A  campaign, which ASAE launched in 2009 to increase awareness about issues that impact associations and to share the wealth of knowledge and resources available to the association community for policymakers and other audiences.

“We received so many fantastic entries this year, and each organization is to be congratulated on their efforts. The 140 submissions received represents the depth, reach, and lasting effect that association outreach of this nature provides. Each of these projects helps to showcase the power of associations and what we can accomplish,” said Hugh “Mac” Cannon, MPA, CAE, executive director of ACEC of Metropolitan Washington and chairman of The Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “This year’s judging committee was thoughtful in its consideration and diligent in its selection. While it was a difficult decision for the committee to select the six Summit Award winners, we are honored to have been able to do so.”

This year’s winners are:

American Society of Mechanical Engineers
New York, NY
Program: Future Engineers 3D Space Challenges

Edison Electric Institute
Washington, DC
Program: Center for Energy Workforce Development

Emergency Nurses Association
Des Plaines, IL
Program: Ebola Crisis Response

Military Officers Association of America
Alexandria, VA
Program: MOAA Military Caregivers Assistance Program

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
Alexandria, VA
Program: We Honor Veterans

Tulsa Regional Chamber
Tulsa, OK
Program: Tulsa Regional OneVoice Agenda

“Congratulations to all the 2015 Summit Award winners for creating and implementing exceptional programs that are influencing society,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE. “We look forward to acknowledging their achievements at the Summit Awards Dinner, and those who attend will be inspired.”

In addition to the six Summit Award winners, the Power of A Awards Judging Committee selected 30 association programs to receive a Power of A Gold Award and 31 associations to receive a Power of A Silver Award.

ASAE’s Summit Awards Dinner will bring together association executives, industry partners and business and community leaders for an evening to celebrate the value of associations and their impact on society.

For more information about attending the Summit Awards Dinner, contact Carla Lochiatto, CAE, at 202-626-2807 or clochiatto@asaecenter.org.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.