Monthly Archives: March 2016

Developing Mental Agility: Exclusively Corporate @IMEX offers dedicated education and networking for meeting & event planners

A special event dedicated to meeting and event planners will put the spotlight on mental agility with a packed day of education, networking and even a Mock Trial.

Taking place the day before IMEX in Frankfurt (19–21 April) in the stylish Villa Kennedy, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX is the perfect opportunity for planners to expand their knowledge of organising business meetings and events, as well as meet industry experts and other professionals from around the world in exactly the same role.

Leading business strategist, Dr Kaihan Krippendorff, will deliver a keynote on how to develop ‘mental agility’, sharing insights from his study of over 200 successful innovators. Kaihan Krippendorff is the CEO of Outthinker which helps companies including Red Bull, Microsoft, VMware, Nestle Purina, L’Oréal, TIAA-CREF, Aetna, Experian, Johnson & Johnson, and Citibank reach strategic clarity and build strategic-thinking capacity.

Kaihan Krippendorff, CEO of Outthinker, explains: “Event management is going through many exciting changes today. We are entering a more digital, agile, and purpose-driven world. History shows that those with the mental agility to grasp the next playbook will be the ones to shape the future. I’m looking forward to sharing specific strategies to that.”

Educational sessions at Exclusively Corporate @IMEX will focus on how planners can boost their lives both in and out of work. R. Michael Anderson, founder of The Executive JOY Institute, explores this further in his session Profiting on Happiness: Thriving Personally and Professionally, designed to manage stress and develop optimism, confidence, and communication tools that are useful in any situation.

Dedicated sessions for Young Professionals cover their career path. More experienced professionals can take part in facilitated discussions on their key issues and receive advice on how to demonstrate their value and contribution to their organisation.

New this year within the event is the Mock Trial which will explore a real, ethical scenario in an authentic courtroom setting involving participants in an engaging, entertaining educational session. Focusing on a case that directly relates to their work as meeting planners, attendees can turn their hand to becoming prosecution and defence lawyers and cross-examine the witness on both the supplier and the corporate side. Renowned meetings industry lawyer Jon Howe presides over proceedings. He serves as general counsel for Meeting Professionals International and the International Special Events Society, and is also general counsel for the Society of Incentive and Travel Executives.

Kathy Hastings, from Teredata in the USA who attended the event last year, explains:
“The opportunity to network with peers who have a global perspective has been really valuable. It’s superb to meet and share experiences with people who are passionate and really engaged with the meetings industry.”

Another participant, CJ Lin from Nu Skin Greater China in Taiwan, adds:
“It’s been great to hear different perspectives on our industry as people in different continents and industries think and operate in different ways. It’s also been good to share knowledge with other people here about contacts and experiences, about destinations and suppliers. The speakers provided valuable insight, particularly about budgets and choosing venues.”

Exclusively Corporate @IMEX takes place from 18-19 April 2016. For further details visit

GNP Branded Gear Selected as a Preferred Vendor-Partner by Hundreds of Colleges & Universities Nationwide

Promotional Items and Gear Company Affordably Offers Enormous Selection of Apparel, Bags, Drinkware, Technology Products, Writing Instruments, Awards, and More

GNP Branded Gear is the preferred vendor-partner for hundreds of colleges and universities nationwide, offering custom branded products to university departments such as marketing, recruiting, admissions, orientation, campus life, athletics, alumni, and others. The company especially helps educational institutions thrive in an arena where blue chip student recruitment is extremely competitive.

GNP’s selections include everything imaginable from all types of branded apparel, bags, event & ID supplies,drinkware, pennants, folders & folios, pens, sunglasses, to a full line of tech products such as flash drives, adapters, chargers and power banks. Some of the brand name lines offered by GNP include Nike, Charles River, Bic, Igloo, Sharpie, Journal Books, Chicobag and Nalgene.

“GNP Branded Gear has been serving colleges and universities for over 30 years, and we have been fortunate to have worked with hundreds of the most prestigious learning institutions in the country such as Hofstra, St. Johns, Texas Tech, Miami, Delaware, Maryland, Syracuse, Brown, and Cornell as well as many smaller schools. Our commitment to creativity, customer service and attention to details remains the same, regardless of the size of the project or institution” said John Giordano, Co-Founder & President of GNP Specialties, Inc., GNP Branded Gear’s parent company.

GNP is a member of the National Orientation Directors Association (NODA), and the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA) among others and is licensed through Learfield Licensing Partners, CLC, LRG as well as other collegiate licensing organizations.

The company is also affiliated with organizations such as Fair Labor Association (FLA) and the Better Business Bureau (BBB), where they have earned an A+ rating (highest rating), making working with GNP an easy, cost-effective and hassle-free experience.

For more than three decades, GNP Branded Gear has been the go-to provider of collegiate branded products, campus lifestyle items, eco-friendly products, and more. The company’s expertise extends beyond quality student gifts for recruitment, admissions, orientation, and other on-campus and off-campus events. Domestic and overseas sourcing allow GNP to offer solutions not available from other promotional product distributors.

About GNP Branded Gear

Founded in 1985, GNP Branded Gear has been providing creative quality promotional products, exceptional service, and competitive pricing to hundreds of colleges & universities, trade & professional associations, and corporate entities. With an unparalleled selection of bags, event & ID supplies, apparel, gifts and awards, GNP is truly a one-stop-shop for branded gear solutions.

For more information, please visit or call 1-800-401-6000.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Donates Two Dialysis Machines To The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) took her long-standing engagement and association with the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) Malaysia to the next level, with her recent donation of two dialysis machines worth a total of RM90,000. The donation was part of the Centre’s enhanced Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme celebrating her 10th anniversary year (2015).

Speaking during the handover ceremony with the NKF, a beaming Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager, expressed his delight at the contribution of the two dialysis machines and strengthening their long-standing relationship with the NKF.

“To recognise our 10th anniversary milestone we launched a number of additional CSR activities to give back to the local community. This donation is one of those initiatives and we hope the machines will help the NKF provide more patients with the care they so desperately need,” added Pryor.

Pryor also congratulated the NKF for their ongoing efforts to raise funds to improve the standards of care and aid those who are suffering from various kidney-related diseases.

Some of the other CSR activities undertaken by the Centre as part of her 10th anniversary included the Majlis Perbandaran Sepang’s (MPS or Sepang City Council) Coastal Clean-up programme at Bagan Lalang beach by 25 team members who collected over 25kg of trash; spreading of Chinese New Year cheer at Seri Setia Old Folks’ Home; hosting of a birthday and Hari Raya Haji celebration with 50 orphans from Rumah Tagwa Putra Perdana; and participation in a Literacy Programme with students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tengku Idris Shah, to name a few.

Since opening, the Centre has always strived to be a socially, economically and environmentally responsible organisation that aims to give back to Malaysia and the community within which it is based. In order to achieve this, the Centre created four CSR pillars, which her annual programmes and initiatives are based on. These include; Culture – to support the sustainability of Malaysia’s heritage through the promotion of local arts and crafts; Education – to enhance and transfer skills held by the Centre to the students and others seeking employment in the hospitality sector; Health and wellbeing – to support deserving social causes within the local community through event sponsorship and social initiatives; and Environment – to support a reduction in the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions created by those attending events at the Centre.

NKF is a non-profit charity organisation that opened the doors of its first dialysis centre at Jalan Hang Lekiu, Kuala Lumpur in 1993. Over the years, NKF has grown tremendously with the support from many parties. NKF has expanded its role from being just a dialysis treatment provider, to becoming a one-stop national resource centre for all kidney-related matters. For more information on NKF, visit

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit

Mercury80 DMC Selects WMG for U.S. and Canadian Business Development

World Marketing Group (WMG) will now provide business development and representation services in the United States and Canada for Mercury80, a highly experienced DMC team providing operations throughout Southern Africa.

Building on its portfolio of both established as well as emerging and cutting edge international DMCs, WMG is proud to announce this new partnership with a globally recognized and respected international DMC in the Southern Africa MICE market.  The Mercury80 team, under the leadership of Pam Pillhofer, is known for its professional delivery of high-quality programs.  Mercury80’s proven expertise in the meetings, incentives, and conference segments stands toe to toe with the best, and reaches even further to provide clients a solid alternative, bringing fresh ideas, competitive pricing, excellent supplier relationships and an energetic perspective to the planning process.

Jane E. Schuldt, CITE, CIS, Founder and President of World Marketing Group stated, “Adding southern Africa to our expanding portfolio of international DMCs fulfills part of our ongoing strategy of providing a full range of key destinations to our portfolio.  Having Mercury80 as our African partner continues to build out a portfolio addressing all key destination markets for our clients.  We remain focused on our steady course to meet our clients’ needs in major global centers by providing yet another high-quality DMC solution, for a destination that is well known to WMG, as our experience in Africa began over a decade ago.  We are viewed by our clients as the long haul international experts, making this launch with the stellar team of Mercury80 a perfect partnership.  In the environment of strong North American currencies to the Rand, there has never been a better time for these markets to include and plan programs to southern Africa.”

According to Pam Pillhofer, Managing Director of Mercury80, “We are absolutely delighted to appoint World Marketing Group to represent Mercury80 within the North American market.

Our success is determined by good choices for sustainable results. Through consistent, predictable professionalism, we will ensure customers receive a creative and memorable experience, at the best value. Nothing is left to chance.   Our objective is to gain a thorough understanding of our clients’ objectives, and then to find the solutions that best fit their specific needs. Together with the dynamic team at WMG, because of their history with Southern Africa and their overall standing in the market with clients who value WMG’s long haul planning experience, we know we can achieve this and pass this value proposition on to our clients.

Steve Jobs, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”  These sentiments echo those of the committed team at Mercury80 who enjoy spending every day doing great work in designing and delivering world-class programs to our clients.

Mercury80 have been active in the US and Canadian markets for over 9 years, with the collective experience of our team going back decades. We have been very encouraged by our clients’ reception to our value proposition, making the decision to engage the services of a full-time dedicated team to assist us in growing our client base in the region an easy and strategically important one.  The market is telling us they are seeking a DMC that understands the region, understands their market and their client, and can deliver a high quality program at a more competitive price.  Mercury80 provides that solution.

To this end, we are thrilled to be partnering with WMG, an organization whose professionalism, commitment, and dedication mirror our own.

World Marketing Group is a B2B operating company providing contract sales and marketing services in N. America to international hospitality suppliers interested in building their brand and growing their business from the N. American incentive, meeting, conference and special event/product launch markets.

ASAE Opens Nominations for Board Positions

WASHINGTON—ASAE has opened the call for association professionals and industry partners to fill open positions on the ASAE, and the ASAE Foundation Board of Directors to help lead the association dedicated to advancing the profession of association management. There are five open positions: Secretary-Treasurer and four At-Large Directors. All directors selected will serve on the ASAE Board and two of the four selected will also serve on the ASAE Foundation Board.

“As a board member, it’s been a valuable experience for me because I’ve increased my leadership skills, helped to strategically move the association profession forward, and served our community. I encourage my colleagues to either apply or nominate someone to serve on the ASAE board,” said Sal Martino, CAE, Chief Executive Officer of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

ASAE and ASAE Foundation value and seek diverse leadership as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, appearance, geographic location, and professional level. It seeks leaders from all types and sizes of eligible organizations.

Interested parties should contact Carole Murray, CAP-OM, Senior Director, Executive Division & Board Operations, at Nominations must be received no later than April 25, 2016.

There are many benefits of serving as a volunteer leader, including:

  • Playing a significant role in advancing the profession;
  • Having an opportunity to enhance the value of ASAE and the ASAE Foundation to the association community;
  • Accessing up-to-date information about the challenges facing the profession; and
  • Exchanging ideas and perspectives with other volunteer leaders.

The Leadership Committee has identified a number of desired attributes that will be part of the selection process for new Board members. Applicants should possess:

  • Demonstrated leadership commitment and involvement with ASAE and ASAE Foundation and the nonprofit community. Examples include but are not limited to: service on an ASAE and ASAE Foundation committee, section council, commission, task force, and/or obtained the CAE credential.
  • Recognized leader in the association community. Examples include, but are not limited to: serving as the chair of an Allied Society, ASAE, and ASAE Foundation committee, section council, commission, task force, or philanthropic organization.
  • Relevant expertise in the disciplines of organizational management. Examples include, but are not limited to: branding, fundraising, component relations, finance, international, strategic alliances.
  • Commitment to participate in 3-4 board meetings a year. ASAE board members are asked to provide financial support to Annual Giving, APAC, Power of A, special events and/or campaigns.
  • Positive leadership attributes; emotional intelligence; ability to work collaboratively and engage in appropriate debate and discussion when needed.
  • Visionary and strategic thinker. Demonstrated ability of new and innovative programs within their sphere of influence. Examples include, but are not limited to: incorporating strategy, leadership, future focus, risk taking, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

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

Eaglewood Resort & Spa Completes Multimillion-Dollar Renovation

Eaglewood Resort & Spa, located in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, has recently completed a $7.5 million renovation of its AAA Four Diamond Resort. The makeover encompassed a redesign of all 295 guest rooms and suites, resurfaced balconies and patios, a full build-out of three fitness studios, refurbished 6-lane bowling alley, and the addition of a high-end “Grab & Go” Market.

The Resort’s guest rooms and suites, featuring warm and inviting earth tones and geometric furnishings, fall in line with Eaglewood’s traditional Prairie-style design – a staple throughout the entire resort – in homage to renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The makeover included: carpeting, wall vinyl, draperies, sheers, upholstery, updated furnishings and case goods, and a significant technology upgrade to accommodate the modern day guest.

“The design of our guest rooms meets the expectations of today’s traveler, keeping on trend with what we’re seeing in the industry,” said Tom Garcia, general manager of Eaglewood Resort & Spa. “With the addition of the Market, a place to get a quick and healthy meal on the go, and our expanded fitness center, the renovation makes our property inviting for both business and leisure guests alike and lets them keep up with their healthy lifestyles while traveling.”

The guest room project was designed by Moncur Design Associates Inc., based in Toronto – the same group that refurbished the Resort’s state-of-the-art conference center last year. The Market, designed by the Bloomingdale-based Concept Group, was developed as an informal gathering spot for small groups, or a place to connect the tech-savvy individual.

About Eaglewood Resort & Spa

Conveniently located just 12 miles west of O’Hare International Airport and 25 miles from downtown Chicago, Eaglewood Resort & Spa is nestled on 104 acres in Itasca,

Illinois. Managed by Benchmark Hospitality International, the AAA Four-Diamond resort offers 295 spacious guestrooms and suites featuring walk out balconies showcasing views of our championship golf course.

In addition, Eaglewood offers three distinct dining venues with fine and casual menu options; first-class recreation including a complete health SPA, 18-hole championship golf course, sparkling pool with sundeck, fitness center and six-lane Brunswick Retro Bowling alley; as well as 37,000 square feet of IACC-certified meeting space.

For more information or room reservations call (630) 773-1400, toll free at (877) 285-6150 or visit: Eaglewood Resort & Spa is a Benchmark Hospitality International property. To become a fan on Facebook, visit or follow us on Twitter at

About Benchmark Resorts & Hotels®

Benchmark Hospitality International® is a recognized global leader in the management and marketing of resorts, hotels and conference centers.  The company’s two distinctive portfolios of properties, Benchmark Resorts & Hotels® and Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels®, represent the finest in guest-dedicated hospitality in unique destinations across the United States, in the Caribbean and Japan.  As a founding member of the International Association of Conference Centres, Benchmark Conference Centers® maintain the highest standards for certification in meeting excellence.  Benchmark Hospitality was launched in 1980 as an independent company and today operates worldwide from offices in The Woodlands (Houston), Texas, and regional offices in New Jersey, Washington State, Japan and Chile. For additional company information visit To become a fan on Facebook, visit, or follow us on Twitter at

Creating a Global Experience – A First in PCMA Citywide Auction History

The Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) Citywide Auction is an annual favorite, and this year it comes with a new twist. Melbourne, Australia, is the featured city for bid – the auction’s first destination outside of North America. PCMA, in partnership with the Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB), and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), launched the “2016 PCMA Citywide Auction of Melbourne” during Convening Leaders in January. The auction offers a unique opportunity for business event and conference organizers to bid on an event package at MCEC valued at USD$350,000 at a starting bid of USD$125,000.

This fully-inclusive auction package includes:

  • Use of MCEC’s 52 meeting rooms and 30,000 square meters of pillar-less exhibition bays for up to seven days, to the value of USD$350,000
  • A dedicated event manager and in-house audio visual project manager to bring your event to life
  • Award-winning food and beverage packages
  • Exposure on MCEC’s website and the use of digital signage to promote your event
  • Use of all pre-installed technology
  • Convention servicing support from MCB

MCB and MCEC) have created an attractive package for bid, giving meetings professionals a well-priced deal on hosting a citywide convention for a fraction of the cost. PCMA’s Citywide Auction is designed to raise money for the association’s high-level meetings industry education efforts. According to PCMA Global Development Director Michelle Crowley, the auction presents a new set of exciting opportunities and savings for those specifically targeting destinations like Melbourne to host their business events and internal congresses. These regions are often where more of their member and customer constituents are based.

“The meetings community in Melbourne is extremely tight,” Crowley says. “It is very interconnected, with a strong ambassadorship and research support from well-known Melbourne universities that would allow any global event professional to tap into the local economic knowledge specific to his or her industry.”

According to MCB Chief Executive Officer, Karen Bolinger, “the initiative is a great opportunity for conference organizers to stage an event at a great price, while enjoying Melbourne’s vibrant cultural scene. Melbourne is a city celebrated for its unique laneways, world-class restaurants, café culture and exciting schedule of major events, all of which embody why Melbourne has been voted the ‘World’s Most Livable City’ for five consecutive years. “Most importantly, Melbourne is not only renowned as a knowledge and innovation capital, but what sets it apart is our ‘Team Melbourne’ philosophy – how we bring together the city as one to drive successful outcomes for conferences and events.”

MCEC Chief Executive, Peter King attributed the venue’s success and ability to host over 1,000 events each year to its mature, creative and experienced business model. “At MCEC we have an unwavering commitment to always work with our customers to ensure that we plan and deliver world-class events while creating life-long, memorable experiences for attendees,. Our skilled chefs create amazing food that continues to be awarded and recognized by the industry year after year and our award-winning technology is all provided in-house, with experienced and talented technicians on deck. I encourage you all to take advantage of this special opportunity and place a bid in the auction,” according to King.

Throughout 2016, PCMA will highlight a number of unique features of this year’s auction in Melbourne.  Bidding is now open and closes November 30, 2016 at 5pm CST. Opening bids start at $125,000. If a bidder chooses the “buy now” option, the cost is $150,000 and the auction will close immediately.

For full terms and conditions and to place a bid, visit: or


About Professional Convention Management Association

PCMA is the multi-channel professional resource and premier educator for leaders in the meetings, conventions, events and trade show industries. PCMA provides their 6,700 members with a community of like-minded colleagues, innovative education and creative global solutions to enhance both their professional development and their organization’s face-to-face and virtual connections. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 35 countries. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at

About Melbourne Convention Bureau


Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has more than four decades of experience attracting and securing international association conferences and incentive program for Melbourne and Victoria. Jointly funded by the Victorian State Government, City of Melbourne, MCEC and over 270 industry partners, MCB proactively seeks out new international business event opportunities for Melbourne and delivers comprehensive business cases, by working collaboratively with associations, corporate organizations and event planners globally. MCB can connect your association with industry leaders to create an outcome focused and legacy-making program, helping to drive maximum attendance at your business event.

About Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) connects you with everything you need for a successful event – incredible spaces, leading technology, award-winning food and the expertise to bring it all together. MCEC’s multi-functional Plenary, 52 meeting rooms and 30,000 square metres of pillar-less exhibition space are just the beginning. MCEC has hosted everything from meetings, conventions and exhibitions to concerts, tradeshows and gala dinners. Located on the banks of the iconic Yarra River in South Wharf, MCEC offers sweeping city views, is only two traffic lights from the airport and just a short stroll to Melbourne’s city centre.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary In 2016


Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) is celebrating a significant milestone in 2016:  30 years of National Sales Organization (NSO)/Global Sales Organization (GSO) service to the North American meetings & incentive marketplace. Pictured are some of the members of the ALHI Global Sales team, who celebrated during their recent annual ALHI Global Sales meeting, which was held at ALHI Member resorts Loews Royal Pacific at Universal Orlando® and Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando®. Impressively, ALHI is the longest established and leading independent Global Sales Organization specifically serving the North American meetings & incentive marketplace.

Beginning in 1986 with just 14 hotels and resorts to launch the dues-based “Associated” Luxury Hotels in order to provide local National Sales Offices (NSO) and sales services for its independent and emerging brand Member hotels and resorts, ALHI now provides authorized sales support exclusively for its portfolio of more than 250 luxury-level (mostly independent) hotels and resorts worldwide that are M&I focused. Starting with only one office in Washington, D.C. in 1986, ALHI now has 20 professionally staffed GSO offices, from coast-to-coast throughout North America.

Over the past 30 years ALHI has grown to properly address increased market demand for its AAA Four- and Five-Diamond quality hotels and resorts. ALHI’s portfolio now features more than 100 international hotel and resort options in 45 countries, plus Alliance members that include Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 destinations, and a variety of 23 luxury-level cruise ships set for the M&I markets, to complement its extensive luxury portfolio in the U.S.  ALHI is a member dues-funded Global Sales Organization, so there is no cost to the planning organization to capitalize upon the access with the ALHI GSO professionals, providing valuable expertise, solution options, and ease of discussing viable opportunities for programs.

For information about any of ALHI’s Members and resources, planners should contact their nearest of the ALHI Global Sales offices, 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 to identify the nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.

To acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 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), and visit .

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants Unveils Plans for New Modern Boutique Hotel in Bellevue, Washington

Kimpton to add fifth hotel in Washington State 

SAN FRANCISCO – Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants announced today it has been selected by the Fana Group of Companies to manage a new, luxury boutique hotel in the upscale Seattle, Washington suburb of Bellevue. The 120-room new-construction project is part of a major, mixed use development scheduled to break ground in early 2017. The development will include two high-rise towers and 270 premium rental apartments.

Slated for a 2019 opening, the new Bellevue Kimpton will occupy the development’s North Tower and will include approximately 5,000 square feet of meeting space, a street-level, full service restaurant, a heated rooftop pool with adjacent event space and lounge, a fitness center and all the other amenities commonly associated with the Kimpton brand.

Located in the heart of downtown Bellevue’s central business district, the new hotel will be a short walk away from world class shopping, restaurants and entertainment including Bellevue Square, Lincoln Center and the Bravern. Major companies with nearby offices include Microsoft, T-Mobile and PACCAR, Concur Technologies and more. Downtown Bellevue is about ten miles from downtown Seattle.

“The Pacific Northwest has been an integral part of Kimpton’s growth story for more than two decades and we look forward to expanding our presence in one of the strongest markets in the country,” said Kimpton CEO Mike DeFrino. “The hotel’s prime location near some of downtown Bellevue’s best shopping and nightlife – not to mention the only rooftop hotel pool in the area, will be a draw for travelers. Our signature amenities like complimentary bikes and the nightly hosted wine hour will surely delight some new Kimpton fans as well.”

For Kimpton, Bellevue will be the brand’s eighth hotel in the Pacific Northwest, joining four properties in Seattle, including the Hotel Monaco Seattle, Hotel Vintage Seattle, Palladian and the Alexis, along with three in Portland: the Hotel Monaco Portland, the Hotel Vintage Portland and the RiverPlace Hotel.

The owner and developer of the new hotel is the Fana Group, a Bellevue-based company that developed the acclaimed Las Terrazas Resort in Belize and has boutique hotel investments in Seattle and San Francisco. The architect for the Bellevue project is CallisonRTKL, a firm known for luxury lifestyle hospitality projects including the W Hotel Beijing and the Hotel Beaux Arts in Miami.

“We are eager to bring something to downtown Bellevue that it doesn’t yet have… a boutique luxury hotel, “ said John Powers, Fana’s President of Real Estate. “Kimpton’s leadership experience in the boutique hotel market and the thriving hotels in not only in the Northwest but also nationally made this a clear and easy partner choice to represent us for this premiere project.”


The Fana Group of Companies is a real estate investment and development company with a diversified portfolio in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In addition to investing and developing properties, its property and asset management team oversees its portfolio of office and retail properties.  For more information please visit


San Francisco-based Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is a leading collection of boutique hotels and restaurants and the acknowledged industry pioneer that first introduced the boutique hotel concept to the United States. In 1981, Bill Kimpton founded the company that today is renowned for making travelers feel genuinely cared for through thoughtful perks and amenities, bold, playful design and a sincerely personal style of guest service. Out to help people live full, balanced lives, Kimpton aims to inspire with touches like yoga mats in every room, complimentary coffee and tea to start the day, hosted evening Wine Hour, in-room fitness programming and complimentary bike rentals. The award-winning restaurants and bars are led by talented chefs and bartenders that offer guests a chance to dine like a local.

Kimpton is consistently ranked as one of the top companies in the Market Metrix Hospitality Index, Upper Upscale Segment, for Customer Satisfaction. The company is highly-regarded for its innovative employee culture and benefits and has been named a FORTUNE magazine “Best Place to Work” six times since 2009. Kimpton is continuously growing and currently operates over 60 hotels and 70 plus restaurants, bars and lounges in 30 U.S. cities. In January 2015, Kimpton was welcomed into the InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) family of hotel brands, bringing together two special cultures and sets of values to create the world’s largest boutique hotel business. For more information, visit

ASAE Announces YourMembership as New Strategic Partner

WASHINGTON, DCASAE announces YourMembership as a Strategic Partner in its Alliance Partnership Program for the next three years. The partnership includes a collaboration to create new learning initiatives aimed at senior association leaders and technology officers.

“We are excited to have YourMembership as a Strategic Partner. As a leading provider of association software solutions, they continually strive to create innovative tools to assist their customers and our community,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “This partnership will allow YourMembership to provide insight on how technology impacts the delivery of knowledge and new opportunities to connect with our members.”

The Alliance Partnership Program was developed to provide the industry partner community with opportunities to align itself with ASAE and the association sector through customized marketing platforms. It also offers partners the chance to help build and maintain year-round relationships with ASAE members and nonprofit communities worldwide.

“We are pleased and confident that the three-year effort between YourMembership and ASAE will help increase engagement and prepare associations for the shifting expectations of nearly 170 million Generation X and Millennial consumers, and that our investment in research and education through the ASAE Foundation will continue to strengthen future leaders, the association community, and the world,” said JP Guilbault, President and CEO of YourMembership.

For more information about the ASAE Alliance Partnership Program, please visit ASAE, or contact Dan Melesurgo at

Media Contact: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE,, 202-557-1066.

About YourMembership

YourMembership, a cloud-based technology company, is the world’s largest provider of membership and association management software. YM helps associations and enterprises drive revenue and growth through career centers, new media channels and outsourced sales, as well as increase their relevance through innovative eLearning tools. YourMembership provides comprehensive membership solutions to over 4,300 customers in 32 countries with 20 million members served worldwide. For more about how YourMembership can support your organization’s success, please visit:

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