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Forty Under 40: Honoring Emerging Association and Nonprofit Leaders

The Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE weekly newspaper are teaming up to honor the association community’s 40 most accomplished professionals under the age of 40.

The Forty Under 40® Awards will recognize 40 up-and-coming association or nonprofit professional who are under the age of 40, demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and exhibit a strong commitment to the association management profession.

The 40 honorees will be recognized and celebrated in several ways:

  • Profiles and interviews will be published in a special Forty Under 40 Awards section of USAE newspaper on Nov. 19;
  • A Forty Under 40 Awards reception will be held on Dec. 16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago* where the honorees will receive their recognitions and have the opportunity to network with established association leaders as well as top executives from Hyatt, IMN Solutions and Team San Jose; and
  • During Association Forum’s Holiday Showcase 2013 luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Chicago* on Dec. 17.


  • 3+ years of employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Current employment at a 501(c)(3), 501(c)(4), 501(c)(6), or association management organization.
  • Plan to continue in roles that aid the future of the association and nonprofit community.
  • Exhibit characteristics that demonstrate leadership skills and potential.
  • Under the age of 40 as of Dec. 16.

Forty Under 40 Award Recipients

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP

Director of Education, Training, and Events

Practice Greenhealth

Lowell Aplebaum, CAE

Director, Membership & Components

International Facility Management Association

Krishna Aravamudhan

Senior Manager, Office of Quality Assessment and Improvement

American Dental Association

Debra BenAvram, CAE
American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition

Mark Bennett, CAE, IOM
Account Executive/Executive Director
Offinger Management Company

Michael Copps
Executive Director
SmithBucklin Corporation

Kevin Dajka, DVM
Director, Membership & Field Services Division

American Veterinary Medical Association

Kate Dockins, CAE, IOM

Director of Leadership, Foundation

Association on Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals

Gabriel Eckert, CAE

Executive Director

Building Owners and Managers Association of Georgia

Jody Egel, CAE, CMP

Meetings Manager

Million Dollar Roundtable

Paula Eichenbrenner

Vice President for Advancement

American Society for Nutrition

Peter Finn

Director of Learning & Development

Society of Women Engineers

Nikki Golden, CAE

Marketing and Communications Manager

National Association of the Remodeling Industry

Sara Haywood, CMP
Associate Director, Education

Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology

Lauren Hefner, CAE

Director, Member Care

Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association

David Johnson, IOM, CAE

Senior Manager, Membership

Drug Information Association

Sarah Kohler

Senior Associate

SmithBucklin Corporation

Emily Lee

Senior Manager, Membership and Operations

American Hospital Association

Amy Lestition, MA, CAE

Associate Vice President


Carla Lochiatto, CAE

Associate Director, Public Policy

American Society of Association Executives

Angela McKay, CAE

President & CEO

CFA Society of Chicago

Shelby Meyer, CMP

Regional Director

Young Presidents Organization

Trevor Mitchell, CAE

Executive Director of Member Programs & Services

ARMA International

Robert Newsome

Director, Engineering Standards

National Marine Manufacturers Association

Erin O’Donnell-Dotzler

Director, Public, Practice and Scientific Affairs

American Academy of Periodontology

Matthew Ott, MS, CAE

Vice President

Membership & Information Technology, National Grocers Association

Amanda Perl

Vice President

Institute of Food Technologists & Feeding Tomorrow

Nicole Ratner, CAE, CMP

Executive Director

American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants

Jaclyn Reeves-Pepin

Executive Director

National Association of Biology Teachers

Corey Rosenbusch

President & COO

Global Cold Chain Alliance

Megan Schagrin, CAE, CFRE

Senior Vice President and Executive Director

The American College of Chest Physicians

James Specker, MBA, MIS

State Advocacy Manager

American Association of Diabetes Educators

Steven Stout, CAE

Director of Meetings & Special Events

Hospitality Financial & Technology Professionals

Melissa Walling, CAE, IOM

Director, Membership

Institute of Real Estate Management

Jason Watkins, CMP

Director, Meetings & Conferences

American Anthropological Association

Suzanna Wight-Kelley

Managing Director, Strategic Alliances & Initiatives

The American Institute of Architects

Evan Williams, CAE, IOM

Vice President of External Relations

Mechanical Contractors Association

Cheryl Wilson

Senior Manager, Marketing

American Student Dental Association

Dionne Wilson, CAE

Executive Director

Association Management Center

Laura Zumdahl

Vice President, Nonprofit Services

Donor’s Forum

The Florida Hotel and Conference Center Earns 2013 Trustscore Certificate of Excellence

Honored as a Top Performing Hotel as Reviewed by Travelers on the
World’s Largest Travel Site

ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The Florida Hotel and Conference Center announced that it has received a Trustscore Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors worldwide hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on over 200 sites in 23 countries, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

TrustScore with corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas and Munich ,Germany, is the first, independent, consumer – trusted score that represents all online opinions around the world.

The Florida Hotel is excited to receive a TrustScore Certificate of Excellence,” said Simone Kuska Villanueva, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing at the Florida hotel and Conference Center. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on all review sites, such as Tripadvisor, Expedia, Google+, Yelp, Facebook, Twitter and other sites where people can leave feedback. This score truly is a global picture of what is being said about us all over the world.”


Since 2008, TrustYou sets the standard for reputation with solutions for businesses to analyze reviews, tweets and posts across the social web, gather trusted reviews directly from their customers, and use their authentic conversations to successfully market their reputation online. The knowledge it provides is crucial to improve customer satisfaction, increase sales, drive marketing efforts and perfect customer service.

AH&LA Integrates TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program’s Eco-Friendly Requirements

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) and TripAdvisor®, the world’s largest travel site*, have joined forces on their sustainability initiatives to encourage the hospitality industry to adopt more eco-friendly practices. AH&LA has integrated the minimum eco-friendly requirements of the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders™ program as part of its Green Guidelines. Now accommodations meeting the AH&LA guidelines will also qualify for the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program.

“TripAdvisor is a trusted site visited by millions of travelers each year,” said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. “Our partnership will effectively educate consumers about green practices incorporated by the lodging industry in their operations, and it aligns these two important industry programs. The outstanding work of AH&LA’s Green Task Force and the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders team will ensure the industry continues to become more sustainable in its operations, and that consumers seeking hotels that focus on green initiatives can make more informed choices.”

“By leveraging TripAdvisor’s massive scale and transparency, the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program is fundamentally changing the way travelers discover and experience eco-friendly accommodations in the U.S.,” said Jenny Rushmore, director of responsible travel at TripAdvisor. “We are excited to team up with the AH&LA to further advance and support the hospitality’s efforts to improve green practices.”

AH&LA Enhances Green Guidelines

AH&LA first launched its guidelines in 2008, and has updated its existing 11 guidelines to 14 aligned with TripAdvisor GreenLeaders’ criteria, including two brand new guidelines from the program: how to train staff on implementing green practices and how to provide information to guests on the hotel’s green practices. The additional aligned criteria are towel and linen re-use programs, using energy-efficient light bulbs, tracking energy usage, and recycling. To apply for the TripAdvisor GreenLeaders program, lodging properties can visit To see the AH&LA’s full list of 65 green guidelines, including ROI, best practices, and resources, visit

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Gains Momentum

Launched in the U.S. in April, 2013, TripAdvisor GreenLeaders is now the largest national green hotel program that directly assesses eco-friendly practices, featuring more than 2,000 participating properties. Accommodations are distinguished by a special badge next to the property’s listing on the site to help its community of more than 260 million monthly travelers plan and have a greener trip. To join the free program, a property must meet seven minimum requirements and complete a survey on its eco-friendly practices before being assigned a level based on its commitment, ranging from GreenPartner to Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum.

TripAdvisor GreenLeaders was developed in partnership with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® program, the U.S. Green Building Council, and the United Nations Environment Programme. Since the program’s launch, more than 100,000 travelers have searched for green hotels on TripAdvisor.

Visit AH&LA’s Green Resource Center, which serves as an online resource offering cost-effective and eco-savvy tips and strategies, information on certifications and government-funded programs, suppliers producing environmentally-friendly products, as well as a RSS feed from Green Lodging News.

World Tourism Day 2013 Spotlights Water Conservation

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre committed to sustainable water usage

‘Every Drop Counts’, the winning entry of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s Environmental Photography Competition organised to encourage energy and water conservation among team members

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) celebrates this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) with practical efforts aimed at conserving water in its day-to-day operations.

WTD 2013 has been themed ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting Our Common Future’ in support of the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation and to highlight tourism’s role in water access and the actions currently being taken by the sector to contribute to more sustainable water use.

The Centre has been a responsible user of water since its opening in 2005 with the facility equipped with automatically activated, aerated faucets and low-flow flush toilets in its washrooms. And the Centre continues to commit to a range of water saving initiatives.

According to Chen Soo Yoong, the Centre’s Director of Facilities, water conservation efforts are on-going. “Last year, the Centre embarked on a major water saving project to install water saving filters in 95 faucets throughout the facility including the food court, staff changing rooms, toilets and other public areas. Completed earlier this year, we are confident the exercise will have a positive impact on the amount of water we use.”

Chen also highlighted some of the Centre’s other initiatives including providing clients with conservation options such as replacing bottles of mineral water with ‘water stations’. This was evident during the World Congress of Accountants in 2010 where 6,000 delegates were each given a water bottle to refill from the water stations throughout the four-day conference including pre- and post-event tours. Besides wasting water unnecessarily, this route created more ‘water-cooler’ style networking opportunities for delegates.

The Centre has also focused on educational efforts to inform visitors, delegates and team members about responsible water usage. Citing a recent staff initiative, Chen said the Centre organised a photography competition for team members with energy and water conservation as the theme. “This competition provided an opportunity to impart valuable knowledge about water and educate our team members on their responsibility in helping the organisation reduce its water use. It attracted some really profound entries.”

As a result of these and other initiatives, Chen shared that over the last three years, between January and August, total water consumption has been reduced by almost 30%, an impressive result indeed given the number of events hosted by the Centre in the corresponding period rose from 859 to 981.

Chen concluded, “As Malaysia’s premier convention facility and a key player in the country’s business tourism sector, we feel it is only natural that we set an example for others to follow when it comes to water and energy sustainability. Cognisant of this, we will continue to explore ways to further conserve water and energy.”

Revised GSA Per Diem Rates Recevie Support of Lodging Industry

CONUS Rates Increased to $83

Washington, D.C. – The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) applauds the General Services Administration’s (GSA) federal per diem rates for FY2014, effective October 1, 2013:

“The FY 2014 per diem rates released by GSA are welcome news for government travelers who stay in hotels while traveling on government business,” said Katherine Lugar, AH&LA president/CEO. “These rates, which are calculated to reflect actual market room rates, are a key component of an efficient federal travel policy. The methodology used to establish the rates released today ensure that federal travelers will be able to find hotel rooms at a good value to the federal government.”

Federal per diem rates, used by government travelers to obtain hotel rooms at a standard discount, are established each year based on actual market data compiled and provided by Smith Travel Research.

The methodology received a strong endorsement from the Government Travel Advisory Committee (GTAC) in July. The committee was established to review existing federal travel policies and to advise the federal government in establishing travel polices in an effective and efficient manner at the lowest logical travel cost.

GTAC members are travel professionals from various private sector industries. One member, Paul Somogyi, director sales, middle market, government & affinity segments for Marriott International, has brought a great deal of valuable insight to the committee.

The standard continental United States (CONUS) per diem rate that is not listed as specific destinations was increased to $83 per night. That rate, which is reviewed every three years, was previously $77 per night.

Reflecting the reduction of federal travel spending and demand for rooms, Washington, D.C. per diem rates were reduced to $219 from $226 for the heavy fall travel season and from $169 to $167 during the summer months.

Some examples of the per diem lodging rate changes for FY2012 include:

• Twenty nine areas which had their own per diem rates were moved into the CONUS rate.

• The New York City (Manhattan) fall season was increased from $295 to $303.

• The City of Hershey, Pennsylvania has its own per diem rate separate from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

• Chicago’s fall season was increased from $190 to $209.

• The fall season for San Francisco was increased from $184 to $226.

The complete list of federal per diem rates can be found at

The National Conference Center Reports 100% Meeting Planner Satisfaction for 12 Consecutive Months

(LEESBURG, VA) – September 2013 – The National Conference Center has announced its highest meeting planner survey results reporting a 100% satisfaction rate. In the Service Index category which includes friendly staff, well trained staff, and helpful staff, the survey indicated 100% satisfaction for the 12-month period of July 2012 through June 2013.

The report, compiled by LRA Worldwide, conducted 54 post-event surveys of meetings across all segments including SMERF, corporate, and association as well as meetings of varying sizes. The report also indicated overall satisfaction rate of 98.1% among meeting planners, along with 97.9% “likelihood to recommend” and 97.8% “value to price paid.”

According to Philip Saims, Director of Sales & Marketing, “this meeting planner survey demonstrates the significance of a professional and well-trained staff who demonstrates a commitment to providing a productive meeting environment. We take great pride in our 214associates whose primary goal is to provide the highest levels of guest satisfaction. Their hard work is clearly revealed in these meeting planner surveys.”

For more information on The National Conference Center, visit

Dubai MICE Business May Double by 2020

At this week’s Hotelier Middle East Great GM Debate 2013, Helal Saeed Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, predicted that the Emirate’s hotel and travel industry can expect a lot more profit to come from the city’s convention and exhibition market.

The convention and exhibition sector formed an important part in the department’s 2020 strategy, Al Marri said, noting that the number of exhibition industry visitors may double by that year.

As Hotelier Middle East reported in its recap of the address, the emergence of second-tier exhibitions have become overpriced. To fix this, the DTCM has held a number of workshops with hoteliers to increase both the size and number of these events—as well as working the industry to make them into first-tier events.

In July, the DTCM released its figures for the first half of the year, noting an 11 percent year-over-year increase. Business events contributed significantly to this increase—Arab Health, Gulfood, GITEX Shopper, Arabian Travel Market, and Intersec were all held during the first six months of 2013.

Recent Dubai Chamber of Commerce changes to regulations for establishing associations in Dubai allows for companies to set up offices and their own business in the emirate without the need for a local sponsor under an independent status.

Malaysia Scores Hat Trick with International Conferences

– Country to welcome two healthcare conferences and youth empowerment conference

Kuala Lumpur – The Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) today announces three bid wins for Malaysia. Over the next two years, Malaysia will be welcoming The 9th Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society Conference (APCCN) 2015, Spine Week 2016 and The Asia Pacific Conference of the Junior Chamber International (APJCI) 2015.

APCCN 2015, organised by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Society (APCNS) will be taking place from 26-29 January 2015. With an estimated attendance of 1,000 delegates from the Asian region, the conference will be bringing together clinicians, dietitians, nutritionists and other parties of interest in functional foods, nutrition and disease and dietary cures. The event aims to promote advancement in nutrition science, research and development through international cooperation to encourage communication and collaboration among nutrition scientists.

APCCN 2015 is set to contribute RM 10 million (USD 3.01 million; Euro 2.3 million) in economic impact and RM 6 million (USD 1.8 million; Euro 1.4 million) in visitor expenditure.

Further sealing Malaysia’s forte in hosting healthcare conferences, Spine Week 2016’s objectives is to synchronize the annual meeting of leading scientific societies concerned with disorders of the spine. The five day event from 16-20 May 2016, which is a collaboration of seven societies including the North American Spine Society (SRS) and the European Section of the Cervical Spine Research (CSRS) targets to yield more than RM 57 million (USD 17.2 million, Euro 13 million) in economic impact. The conference is also expected to yield RM 35 million (USD 10.5 million, Euro 8 million) from visitor expenditures.

Malaysia will also be welcoming the APJCI 2015 from 22-25 May 2015. Organised by the Junior Chamber International (JCI), a non-profit organisation of more than 200,000 youth around from 100 countries, the conference aims to foster cooperation across boundaries by engaging in dialogues. The purpose of these forums is to ignite global development projects to collectively improve local communities and enhance the leadership of youth. Held annually, the conference in Malaysia is set to generate approximately RM 55.8 million in economic impact (USD 16.8 million, Euro 12.7 million) and RM 33.8 million in visitors expenditure (USD 10.2 million, Euro 7.7 million).

Zulkefli Hj Sharif, CEO of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau, speaking on the new bid wins, “Every conferences conducted serves its purpose to create milestones. Whether it is a medical conference or gathering of other industry experts, Malaysia is proud to be chosen as the conference destination and to be a part of these breakthroughs. We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the world to not only an eventful conference but also to experience Malaysia- Truly Asia.”

This year, Malaysia witnessed record breaking attendances for conferences including the Women Deliver 3rd Global Conference 2013, 2013 Global Summit of Women and the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013).

Hosted Buyer Registration Opens for EIBTM 2013

Apply now via

Applications for the EIBTM Hosted Buyer Programme are now being accepted and global Meetings, Events and Business Travel Industry decision makers are invited to apply via

The EIBTM Hosted Buyer Programme provides over 4,200 high level buyers and planners with the opportunity to attend the show (fully hosted) where they will be able to conduct international business with a selection of 3,100 venues, hotels, destinations, technology, business travel and event services providers representing over 150 countries.

Charlotte Hegarty, Conference Manager, The Conference Collective who attended EIBTM 2012 as a Hosted Buyer commented, “It’s been very good, very busy; lots of appointments which is fantastic because you don’t normally get the opportunity to see so many people in one go. We’ve found information out about venues that we didn’t know about before and the convention bureaux we’ve met too have given us some tips for holding future events in their countries which has been good.”

Justin Thomas-Butler, Manager, Meetings, Incentives and Events, Arabian Adventures comments, “This week has been incredible: we’ve had a lot of appointments. We’ve seen a huge percentage of clients from a lot of new markets and this is why the show is so fantastic, because it just opens up so much opportunity.”

EIBTM have also introduced EIBTM Knowledge to the show this year. Erica Keogan, Associations and Education Manager, IBTM Events Portfolio, Reed Travel Exhibitions, “EIBTM Knowledge is the newly branded education programme. Knowledge provides learning for everyone attending EIBTM from Hosted Buyers through to trade visitors, we will be working with some of the leading industry Associations including including Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA), Meetings Professional International (MPI), International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) and the Society for Incentive Travel Executives (SITE)”.

EIBTM Hosted Buyers will also benefit from tailored Education Programmes, designed to meet their specific business needs. EIBTM Knowledge will comprise dedicated education streams tailored for the Association, Corporate, Business Travel and Agency sectors. To find out more visit

This years show is also set to kick off with The EIBTM Forum, taking place on Monday 18th November (4:30-6:45pm), which will set the tone for three preceding days of business ahead. The line-up for the EIBTM Forum is set to include a cutting edge keynote speaker from the business world as well as the second presentation of the EIBTM Lifetime Achievement Award. The Forum will be followed by an exclusive invitation only networking event held in the centre of Barcelona. Registration information will be available in summer 2013.

Hosted Buyers who are successful in the application process for the EIBTM 2013 will receive:

• A personalised diary of pre-scheduled appointments with international exhibitors of their choice
• A tailored professional education programme suited to individuals needs
• Complimentary return flights from an extensive choice of airports
• Complimentary accommodation in one of Barcelona’s best 4/5* hotels
• An invitation to the EIBTM Forum
• Access to a number of networking events
• Complimentary transfers to and from the exhibition, networking and events
• Access to VIP lounges situated on the show floor.”

To find out more about the Hosted Buyer Programme, please visit: and to apply for your place, please visit

EIBTM 2013 will take place from 19th – 21st November, a week earlier than in previous years. The EIBTM Forum will take place the day before the exhibition on 18th November.

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2014 Board Officers and Directors

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee, chaired by Susan Katz, past Chairman of the Board, met on August 27 in Chicago, IL, and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2013 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2014 PCMA Board of Directors.

According to the PCMA Bylaws, this official announcement of the proposed slate is to be sent to the membership by Oct. 1. The nominating process, according to the Bylaws (Article XII, Section 1(d)), allows for additional nominations for any officer or director position by members who submit a petition. The petition is required to be signed by 5% of the members from the respective membership category appropriate to that position, and submitted to the President and CEO no later than the close of business Nov. 1, 2013.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7262 for petition details and procedures.

Unless there are additional petition nominations from the membership, the following officers and directors will be deemed elected and will take office immediately following the 58th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders in Boston, MA, on Jan. 16, 2014.

Convening Leaders takes place January 12 – 15, 2014 in Boston.


Raymond J. Kopcinski, Sr., CMP, Director, Meeting Services, Million Dollar Round Table (Term: 2014)

William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP, Director of Meetings, American Society of Hematology (Term: 2014)

Professional Directors:
Oscar Cerezales, Chief Operating Officer, Asia Pacific & Americas, Group Director Association Relations, MCI Group
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Nancy DeBrosse, CMP, Senior Vice President, Sales and Account Management, Experient, Inc.
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Ann Godi, CMP, President & CEO, Benchmarc360, Inc.
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Kristin K. Mirabal, CMP, Director, Research and Program Development Department, The
Optical Society
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

Supplier Partner Directors:
George Aguel, President & CEO, Visit Orlando
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

David J. Olender, Chief Operating Officer, bxb Online
(Term: 2014 – 2016)

The following individuals will continue to serve on the Board, but in new positions:

Chairman of the Board:

Christopher J. Wehking, CMP, Director of Meetings and Exhibits, American Society of
(Term: 2014)

Immediate Past Chairman of the Board:
Johnnie C. White, CMP, Executive Director, Meetings and Educational Services, Cardiovascular
Research Foundation
(Term: 2014)

The following individuals will continue to serve in their existing Board positions:

Professional Directors:

Martin D. Balogh, Director of Meetings and Travel, American Bar Association
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Kristin Gibson, CMP, CHSP, Vice President of Sales & Industry Relations, J. Spargo &
Associates, Inc.
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Mary Pat Heftman, Executive Vice President, Convention, National Restaurant Association
(Term: 2013 – 2015)

Wanda M. Johnson, CMP, CAE, Senior Director, Meetings & Education, Endocrine Society
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Roberta A. Kravitz, Executive Director, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in
(Term: 2012 – 2014)

Amanda S. Rushing, CMP, Director of Conferences & Meeting Services, American Society of Civil Engineers (Term: 2012 – 2014)

Supplier Partner Directors:

Lawrence Luteran, Senior Vice President, Group Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide (Term: 2013 – 2015)

Gregory A. O’Dell, President & CEO, Events DC (Term: 2012 – 2014)

Barry L. Smith, President & CEO, Metro Toronto Convention Centre (Term: 2012 – 2014)

Claire Smith, CMP, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre (Term: 2013 – 2015)