Monthly Archives: August 2016

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Celebrates The Grand Opening Of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando® With The Presentation Of The Resort’s ALHI Member Plaque

In celebration of the July 14, 2016 grand opening of the brand new Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando®, the Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Global Sales Organization commemorated the occasion with the presentation of the resort’s ALHI Member Plaque to the resort’s executive leadership team. ALHI President Jim Schultenover (right) is seen here presenting the plaque to (from left):  Barb Bowden, Complex Managing Director for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; Vince LaRuffa, Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing at Universal Orlando® Resort; Larry Beiderman, Complex General Manager for Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort; and Kathy Cattoor, Vice President, Resort Sales at Universal Orlando® Resort.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts worldwide, which includes Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and Loews Royal Pacific Resort.

Reminiscent of a leisurely estate in the heart of the tropics, the Caribbean-inspired Loews Sapphire Falls Resort offers 1,000 guest rooms and 115,000 square feet of versatile meeting space. This includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom divisible into 12 sections, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of pre-function space, and 11,000 square feet of beautifully landscaped outdoor function space. Plus, event space also is available at Universal Orlando’s two spectacular theme parks, Universal Studios® and Universal’s Islands of Adventure®, as well as Universal CityWalk®. Additional offerings at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort include four restaurants and lounges, a resort-style pool with two sand beaches and cascading waterfalls, a complimentary fitness center, and free wireless high-speed Internet access. The resort beautifully complements its adjacent and recently renovated sister resort, Loews Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando®. When combined, the two properties offer 2,000 guest rooms and 247,000 square feet of meeting space.

In addition to the 250 luxury-level Member hotels and resorts, ALHI’s distinguished portfolio includes 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for Meetings & Incentive programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2016, ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of meeting, convention and incentive program solutions around the globe.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or 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 alhi.com .

PCMA Announces Proposed Slate of 2017 Board Officers and Directors

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 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 2017 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, 2016.

If you are interested in submitting a petition, please contact Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, at 312.423.7264 or deborah.sexton@pcma.org 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 60th PCMA annual meeting, Convening Leaders, in Austin, TX.

Convening Leaders takes place January 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center.

2017 PROPOSED SLATE OF NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

Chair:
Mary Pat Heftman
Executive Vice President, Convention & Strategic Alliances
National Restaurant Association
Term: 2017

Chair-Elect:
Claire Smith, CMP
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Vancouver Convention Centre
Term: 2017

Secretary-Treasurer:
Gregory A. O’Dell
President & Chief Executive Officer
Events DC
Term: 2017

Immediate Past Chair:
William F. Reed, FASAE, CMP
Senior Director of Meetings and Community Engagement
American Society of Hematology
Term: 2017

The following individuals will begin serving three-year terms (2017-2019):

Kerry Crockett, MBA, CMP, CAE, DES
Associate Executive Director
International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Leonard Hoops
President & CEO
Visit Indy

Weemin Ong, CMP
Executive Director
Marina Bay Sands

Janeé Pelletier
Chief Operating Officer
Conference & Logistics Consultants, Inc.

Kelly M. Ricker
SVP Events & Education
CompTIA

Danielle Urbina, CMP
Director of Meetings and Exhibits
American Society of Anesthesiologists

The following individuals are currently serving terms as Directors:

Tonya Almond, CMP
Vice President, Meetings & Continuing Education
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Term: 2016 – 2018

Tamela D. Blalock, MTA, CMP
Senior Director, Membership Services
National Association of Wholesale Distributors
Term: 2016 – 2018

Bill Grusich, CMP, FASAE
Senior Vice President Sales
Associated Luxury Hotels International
Term: 2015 – 2017

Ben Hainsworth
Executive Director Associations
K.I.T. Group GmbH
Term: 2016 – 2018

Phelps R. Hope, CMP
Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions
Kellen
Term: 2015 – 2017

Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP
Director, Global Sales
MGM Resorts International
Term: 2016 – 2018

Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE
Director of Meetings
American Society of Microbiology
Term: 2015 – 2017

Stuart L. Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES
Vice President, Events and Education
RIMS – The Risk Management Society
Term: 2015 – 2017

Charles L. Starks
President & CEO
Music City Center
Term: 2015 – 2017

Carol C. Wallace
President & CEO
Carol Wallace & Associates Inc.
Term: 2016 – 2018

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About Professional Convention Management Association
PCMA inspires, connects and innovates the global business events community. We are the world’s community for Business Events Strategists; providing senior education and networking for the events sector. PCMA crafts and shares knowledge and market intelligence enabling organizations to make informed business decisions, while providing a platform for peer-to-peer exchange Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries. For more information visit the PCMA website at pcma.org and the PCMA Convene magazine at pcmaconvene.org.

IMEX America satisfies attendee desire to ‘help me find my tribe’

As part of a consistent effort to provide added-value services that benefit all its trade show attendees, IMEX America has turned its sights on helping buyers to ‘match and meet’ other buyers.


A new service, which will be provided by networking specialists Zenvoy, will use intelligent data profiling to facilitate face-to-face introductions between pre-registered IMEX America hosted buyers and buyer attendees.
The move follows feedback from IMEX America 2015 which revealed how hungry buyers are to connect directly with each other and expand their networks of potential professional support.


The new introduction service will not affect appointment time between buyers and exhibitors on the show floor as users will be guided to meet each other during coffee and rest breaks, or outside show hours at dozens of social events. They can also choose to connect online at any time.


The service launches in August when confirmed buyers will be invited to register with Zenvoy and complete a confidential online profile. Zenvoy will then match buyers who share business profiles. Matching factors include job title, nature of business, decision-making authority, geographical remit and number of years in the industry.


The service and the data are entirely private meaning attendees are assured of complete discretion. The service is also event-specific to ensure introductions only occur between those attending IMEX America between 18-20 October in Las Vegas.


Leo Gestetner, Co-Founder and CEO of Zenvoy commented: “Zenvoy has proved highly effective in bringing people together not only at large events but even internally within major organisations. It’s a real icebreaker. We’re delighted to be helping IMEX and its attendees satisfy their express desire for help to ‘find their tribe’ during the show.”


Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group explained: “Meeting, connecting and building on relationships with industry peers is a key element of IMEX America and IMEX in Frankfurt. We see this new initiative as a valuable way to make it easier for people to meet others with whom they have the most in common. In a show that’s as large and busy as IMEX America we’re clear that it’s our duty – and also our pleasure – to bring people closer together for long-term mutual gain.”


In addition to the new Zenvoy service, IMEX will be offering personally facilitated introductions in the Hosted Buyer lounge. A dedicated area called the ‘Networking Hub’ will be the focal point for hosted buyers interested in making new professional contacts, comparing career challenges or simply sharing stories, triumphs and expertise.


Sessions are scheduled especially for first-timers and for corporate buyers on Tuesday Oct 18 and Wednesday Oct 19 from 8.30 – 10.00 and separately for Executive Meeting Forum and Association Focus participants. All introductions will be made personally by senior, knowledgeable members of the IMEX team.


How to attend IMEX America
Major networking events (by invitation or ticket)
www.imexamerica.com
www.zenvoy.com/imex

SUDESH SHARMA JOINS KUALA LUMPUR CONVENTION CENTRE AS DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) today announced the appointment of Sudesh Sharma as its Deputy Director of Operations. The position is a newly created role recognising the need for broader internal support and succession planning requirements, spurred by the Centre’s steady increase in attendance levels and record revenue achievements in 2014 and 2015.

Alan Pryor, General Manager of the Centre shared, “I am pleased to welcome Sharma to the team and I believe his extensive industry experience will undoubtedly be an added asset to the Centre. His appointment reflects our commitment in further bolstering talent management and capabilities of our team as we continue to chart new territories in our quest to remain the first choice business events venue for all our global, regional and local clients.”

Sharma has over 25 years’ experience working in the hotel, banquet and convention industry in places including Singapore, Bali and Malaysia. He brings with him broad knowledge and capabilities on the operational side of the business, having managed a number of high-profile and large scale conferences and conventions in the region.

In his new role with the Centre, Sharma will work hand-in-hand with and assist the Director of Operations on primary functions which include planning, implementing, monitoring and improving the effective service delivery of the Operations Department.

Sharma’s most recent position was as the Director of Food and Beverage at Sutera Harbour Resort in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. He has also held several other senior positions in similar capacity with high-end hotel brands including Sheraton Hotel and ANA Hotel in Singapore, Hard Rock Hotel in Bali, and the Palace of the Golden Horses Hotel and Istana Hotel in Malaysia. In addition, he also served as Project Consultant for two years, advising a number of hotels and commercial developments on food and beverage components. 

For further information, please contact:

Josephine Voon

Senior Communications Executive

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

Tel: +603 2333 2888

Fax: +603 2333 2882

Email: info@klccconventioncentre.com

Charles Chaplin or Listiari Suyanto

TQPR (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd

Tel: +603 6203 4300

Fax: +603 6203 2972

Email: charlesc@tqpr.com or listiaris@tqpr.com

Captains Scott and Mark Kelly, Dr. Derreck Kayongo Inspired Attendees to Lead, Seize Opportunities at 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

WASHINGTON—From August 13-16, close to 4,800 association professionals and industry partners participated in the 2016 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Salt Lake City, Utah. Attendees took part in more than 120 education sessions, two keynotes, five Game Changers, more than 20 OpenSpace pop-ups, and events. ASAE Foundation’s The Classic event sold out for the second year in a row.

The final attendance breakdown includes: 2,669 executives, 1,739 exhibitors, 381 others, including guests, spouses, press, vendors, and staff, for a grand total of 4,789.

A total of 424 companies representing 679 booths exhibited in the expo hall, which resulted in a strong ratio of 60 percent buyers (association staff) to 40 percent sellers (industry partners).

“Our attendees loved the greater variety of learning opportunities this year. Both keynotes received rare standing ovations from our attendees. Mark and Scott Kelly provided insight on leadership lessons learned in space, and Derreck Kayongo stressed the importance of paying attention to details and to make revolutionary connections in work and life. Everyone left inspired and ready to implement new strategies and ideas,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

During the opening keynote, presented by Keppler Speakers on August 14, Captains Mark and Scott Kelly discussed their childhood inspirations, experiences as U.S. Navy fighter pilots, lessons learned as NASA astronauts, and revelations from Scott’s year on the International Space Station. They also reflected on the importance of doing the hard things, keen focus on what you can control, and other leadership lessons learned while flying in combat, dealing with loss, and traveling in space.

During the closing keynote, presented by Keppler Speakers on August 16, Dr. Derreck Kayongo, CEO at the Center for Civil and Human Rights, gave advice on how association professionals should observe the world around them and leverage their skills and vision to overcome impossible odds and impact the lives of others. The talk was illustrated by Kayongo’s own story of transformation from his childhood in Uganda, to a refugee in Kenya, to US citizen building a multi-million dollar venture called the Global Soap Project.

Sunday afternoon through Tuesday morning, five Game Changers provided diverse perspectives from outside the association community included: Matt Tenney, CEO, Wanna Save the World, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota; Veronika Scott, Founder and CEO, The Empowerment Plan, presented by Greater Talent Network; Tan Le, CEO of bioinformatics firm EMOTIV, sponsored by Meet in Minnesota; Robert Stephens, Founder Geek Squad and former CTO Best Buy, presented by Keppler Speakers; Charles Best, Founder & CEO of K-12 micro-philanthropy site Donorschoose.org.

ASAE raised $30,000 for the Utah Food Bank, which will help provide 100,000 meals for the community. The Utah Food Bank has served the community for more than 110 years and distributed over 31 million meals to the entire state.

The 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be in Toronto, Ontario from August 12–15.

 

ASAE thanks the following Alliance Partners for their continued support of the association community:

 

Strategic Partners

Abila
Atlanta CVB
Business Events Canada

Experience Columbus
Personify
Reno Tahoe USA
Team San Jose

YourMembership

 

Corporate Partners

Visit Baltimore
Dallas CVB
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Worth CVB
GEICO
Louisville CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Naylor Association Solutions
Omaha CVB
Visit Orlando
Visit Salt Lake
Meet in Washington State

Event Partners

BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
DelCor Technology Solutions
Dubai Association Centre
Hong Kong Tourism Board
Johnson Lambert LLP and Vault Consulting
Korea Tourism Organization
Manifest
MemberClicks
Meet In Minnesota
New Orleans CVB and New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

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 asaecenter.org.

IAEE, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Sign Strategic Partnership to Bolster Exhibitions and Events Industry on International Level

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events™ (IAEE) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (USDOC) International Trade Administration (ITA) signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to expand the reach of the exhibitions and events industry both nationally and abroad. The common objective between these two organizations is to grow U.S. exports through U.S. companies’ participation in relevant and well-executed trade shows, trade missions and trade fairs.

“IAEE has been making incredible strides in its international growth this year,” noted IAEE President and CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “This partnership will continue to develop the significant influence that exhibitions and events have on the global business market, as well as provide IAEE members with valuable information.”

ITA strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry by promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade through rigorous enforcement of U.S. trade laws and agreements. It works to improve the global business environment and help U.S. organizations compete at home and abroad. This strategic partnership will aid IAEE in its mission to provide stakeholders of the global exhibitions and events industry with information and resources that will advance the industry’s success.

The goals of this joint U.S. Trade and Investment Expansion partnership are to increase awareness of the economic benefits of trade; educate the public on trade activities as a job creation and growth strategy; create general awareness of ITA and other U.S. Government resources; and encourage U.S. businesses interested in exporting and foreign businesses interested in investing in the United States to seek the assistance of ITA.

“ITA has a long history of promoting exports through trade shows, both internationally and here in the U.S., through our International Buyer and Trade Fair Certification programs,” said Marcus Jadotte, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Industry and Analysis.  “Our partnership with IAEE will enhance our efforts to provide U.S. companies with the best information about export opportunities and will also improve access to tools to export even more successfully.”

Collaboration between IAEE and ITA will include cross-promotion of selected trade missions and trade shows; development of metrics to track the sales and successes associated with trade shows; training for ITA’s sector and global teams; and co-development and promotion of ITA’s Top Markets reports and other products of relevance to IAEE’s members. IAEE joins several of ITA’s Strategic Partners, its network of organizations whose selection is typically based on their long-term working relationship and mutual interest in collaborating to achieve common objectives.

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:  4imprint, BearCom, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Delta Airlines, Mexico Tourism Board, New Orleans Morial Convention Center, New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Orange County Convention Center, Streampoint Solutions, Synchronicities (San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Anaheim and Visit Baltimore) and Visit Orlando. Visit www.iaee.com for more information.

About ITA
The International Trade Administration (ITA) is the premier resource for American companies competing in the global marketplace. ITA has more than 2,200 employees assisting U.S. exporters in more than 100 U.S. cities and 75 markets worldwide. For more information on ITA visit www.trade.gov.

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Opens

The 1,000-room Loews Sapphire Falls Resort has opened at Universal Orlando, along with a new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

The Caribbean-themed hotel’s 115,000 square feet of meeting space will open this fall and includes a 41,000-square-foot ballroom, a 31,000-square-foot hall, 16 breakout rooms, 27,000 square feet of prefunction space and 16,000 square-feet of outdoor event space. Other amenities include a pool with a water slide, cabanas and a fire pit. The pool is surrounded by two sand beaches, a waterfall and a lush lagoon, where guests can pick up water taxis to Universal Orlando’s theme parks and CityWalk. Among the on-property dining outlets are Amatista Cookhouse, Strong Water Tavern and Drhum Club Kantine.

Universal’s new Skull Island mega attraction, according to the company’s description, transports guests “deep into a mysterious world, where their mission is to discover creatures of unknown origin with the 8th Wonder Expedition Company, the research team leading the excursion. After braving ancient temple ruins and encountering hostile natives, they board a massive 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the increasingly foreboding terrain.

 

By Lisa A. Grimaldi; originally published on http://www.meetings-conventions.com/

Above and Beyond the Conventional Norm

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Take Strides to Enhance Malaysia’s Reputation as a Premier Business Events Destination

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) has been busy in the first half of 2016, taking its role beyond the conventional norm of a venue provider to further benefit the local business events industry, its clients and visitors. Together with the progressing expansion to meet demand for higher capacity, the Centre has taken steps to enhance the already world-class infrastructure and support Kuala Lumpur’s growing reputation as a premier business events destination locally, regionally and internationally.

To boost the growth and professional development of Malaysia’s business events industry, the Centre has been strengthening its ties with local and international players, including the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers (IAPCO), Kuala Lumpur Tourism Bureau (KLTB), InvestKL and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS).

According to Alan Pryor, the Centre’s General Manager, “we are working closely with industry players to collaborate and provide customised solutions and experiences that support the evolving and varied needs of our clients, as well as to influence their buying decisions and choose the Centre as their ‘Business Events Partner’. The Centre has also identified annual industry engagement initiatives to attract Buyers to Kuala Lumpur to experience Kuala Lumpur’s business events proposition”

Of great significance to Malaysia’s business events industy this year is the upcoming 55th ICCA (International Congress and Convention Association)* Congress to be held in Kuching, Sarawak, in November. This presents a significant occasion to showcase the country’s improving business events capabilities and offerings to over 700 industry professionals from around the world. To further support this momentous event, the Centre will be hosting pre- and post- ICCA Congress site visits for ICCA colleagues and delegates. Trade Media, Meeting Planners and ICCA members of the business events industry will be provided with an interactive experiential tour of Asia’s one and only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres)** Gold Standard Venue, as well as an immersion into Malaysia multi-cultural diversity and the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC) precinct and its iconic attractions.

With the current tough global economic environment putting pressure on event budgets, the Centre continues to enhance its partnership approach by taking its client-centric focus to the next level. This involves the Centre’s team using all its experience garnered over 10 years of operation to work more closely with clients to help them manage and maximise their budgets effectively. For example, the Centre’s customisable solutions provide clients with a way to tailor their programmes to maximise room and space usage through quick room turnarounds, which can reduce the event space required and bring costs down.

In addition to quick room turnarounds, the Centre is exploring the use of non-traditional spaces to provide differentiated experiences for delegates and visitors. “Having prided ourselves on our flexible and innovative mind-set, we remained committed to ‘pushing the envelope’ with enhanced, creative and customised offerings that successfully deliver a truly unique experience for anyone attending events at our venue,” said Pryor.

Pryor further disclosed that the groundwork for the Centre’s expansion is currently underway with completion scheduled for 2018. The extension will provide an additional 10,000 sqm of flexible and multi-purpose space, which means more room to comfortably accommodate growing exhibitions, larger international association meetings, as well as concurrent events, as there is a growing demand by many current clients to grow their activities and/or events significantly.

In the second half of 2016, the Centre will welcome major tradeshows and consumer exhibitions such as the 17th International Architecture, Interior Design & Building Exhibition, Malaysia (ARCHIDEX) 2016, Mega Careers & Study Fair 2016 and Home Décor and Design Exhibition (HOMEDEC) 2016, as well as a host of high-profile international events including International Vessel Traffic System (VTS) Symposium 2016, International Forum on Disability Management (IFDM) 2016 and 15th Asian Oceania Congress of Neurology 2016.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit www.klccconventioncentre.com.

ASAE Announces Mikky Ekko Will Perform at Power of A-Summit Awards Dinner

 

WASHINGTON—ASAE announces Mikky Ekko will be the musical entertainment at this year’s Power of A-Summit Awards Dinner on Wednesday, October 5 at the National Building Museum.

Mikky Ekko, a singer and songwriter who plays genre bending bluesy grit and urban pop, grew up traveling throughout the south with his preacher father steeped in gospel music. After settling in Nashville, he performed as a sideman in several bands and established himself as a songwriting collaborator and started to create his own music in 2009.

His big break came when Rihanna recorded his song “Stay” and asked him to sing on the record. It was nominated for the 2013 Best Pop Duo/Group Performance Grammy Award. Ekko released three singles in 2012, and two singles: “Feels Like the End” and “We Must Be Killers” were featured in the second season of Teen Wolf. In 2014, Ekko collaborated with David Guetta on the song called, “One Voice,” which was part of the United Nations’ “The World Needs More Campaign.”

“The Summit Awards Dinner is a great opportunity to honor the fantastic work associations are accomplishing in their communities. Our committed supporter and sponsor, Nashville, has selected another impressive musical guest this year,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (Nashville CVC) and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center provide entertainment for the Summit Awards Dinner and are longtime supporters of the association community.

“We constantly strive to present new, fresh, and outstanding talent to honor the outstanding award recipients,” said Butch Spyridon, President & CEO, Nashville CVC. “We think Mikky Ekko accomplishes all of those things. A Grammy nominated singer/songwriter with a magical voice – he will not disappoint!”

ASAE will have over 1,000 association and nonprofit professionals and supporters of the association sector at this year’s Power of A-Summit Awards Dinner. The event was created to recognize the excellent work in the association community to improve the quality of life through exemplary community-based programs. The dinner also supports the Power of A Fund, which increases awareness about the wealth of knowledge and resources in the association community with policymakers and other audiences.

The six organizations being honored for their work are: American College of Chest Physicians, American Counseling Association, Association for Corporate Growth, Indiana CPA Society, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators, and Public Library Association.

For more information about attending the Power of A-Summit Awards Dinner, visit asaecenter.org/summitdinner or contact Carla Lochiatto, CAE, at 202-626-2807 or clochiatto@asaenet.org.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, APR, CAE, skidwai@asaecenter.org, 202-326-9505.

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 asaecenter.org.

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Augments Portfolio in Atlanta, Georgia: InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Joins Collection

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta has been accepted into the distinguished portfolio of Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI). Located in the heart of the prestigious Buckhead neighborhood, the sophisticated AAA Four-Diamond hotel features 422 elegant guest rooms and suites, and more than 31,000 square feet of meeting and event space. This exceptional Meetings & Incentive hotel is now represented by ALHI to the North American Meetings & Incentive marketplace, according to ALHI President Jim Schultenover.

InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta becomes ALHI’s fifth Member hotel in Georgia, and the second in Atlanta within the two most popular areas of the city, by joining the luxurious 414-room Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta’s fashionable Midtown district. ALHI’s portfolio also features Braselton, Georgia’s award-winning and recently expanded Chateau Élan in the picturesque North Georgia foothills, just outside of Atlanta’s beltway. While along the Georgia coast of Sea Island is the Forbes Five-Star The Cloister at Sea Island, plus the acclaimed, AAA Five-Diamond The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club; all outstanding venues for meetings of all types.

Ideally located just steps from the world-class dining and shopping of Buckhead, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta offers access to signature-area offerings such as the upscale Phipps Plaza, Lenox Square, Turner Field, Centennial Olympic Park, the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Studio Tour, Georgia Dome, and Philips Arena. The hotel’s 31,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space includes the extraordinary 12,000-square-foot Windsor Ballroom, which features lavish décor and versatile space, and which can accommodate up to 850 for a sit-down dinner or 1,500 theatre-style. The lush Venetian Ballroom Terrace is another appealing option. Additional offerings at the 422-room contemporary hotel include the full-service SPA InterContinental, the award-winning Southern Art restaurant by celebrity chef Art Smith, a complimentary state-of-the-art 24/7 fitness center overlooking famed Peachtree Road, a heated saltwater outdoor pool, a grand lobby, and the popular Bourbon Bar. The hotel is just 14 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

“We are very pleased to expand our ALHI options in Atlanta to serve the incredible demand for meetings and conventions that we receive for the city,” said Schultenover. “In addition to its terrific location in upscale Buckhead, this hotel is widely acclaimed for consistently providing a high level of service, and for its very friendly Southern hospitality. It is another great venue in Atlanta for the accounts we serve.”

In addition to becoming a new Member in ALHI’s worldwide portfolio, InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta becomes the newest option in the “ALHI City Solutions Collection” luxury brand segment, which now features 56 of the best and brightest luxury-level city hotels in distinctive metropolitan areas around the world.

ALHI (alhi.com), the leading independent Global Sales Organization serving the North American Meetings & Incentive (M&I) marketplace, provides one-call local access for its distinguished Membership of over 250 luxury-level hotels and resorts, plus an Alliance including 23 luxury cruise ships appropriate for M&I programs, and Destination Management Companies (DMCs) in over 100 locations worldwide. ALHI serves its clientele with an impressive variety of Meeting & Incentive solutions around the globe.

ALHI is a membership-based, dues-funded Global Sales Organization, providing extensive GSO sales services throughout the United States and Canada at no cost to the Accounts, while providing valuable services, expertise, local connectivity, market intelligence, and account advocacy.

Collectively ALHI is prepared to assist Accounts in the U.S. and Canada with their programs in the U.S.A. and over 90 other countries worldwide. ALHI provides a team of experienced, proven and knowledgeable sales professionals for Account advocacy with full market one-call professional GSO sales assistance and access to their distinctive hotels, resorts, and venue resources for M&I programs of any size and scope worldwide. ALHI helps Accounts best achieve their objectives and budgets, with distinctive venues, vital insights, and responsible service to enhance the ease and success of their programs.

For more information about ALHI, to inquire about any of the ALHI portfolio properties and Alliance partners, and/or to acquire a free copy of ALHI’s “2016 Meeting Facilities Guide” or the ALHI app, contact your nearest of the 20 ALHI Global Sales offices situated coast-to-coast in the United States and in Canada, or call the “ALHI Group Desk” toll-free at 866-303-ALHI (2544), and visit alhi.com . ALHI Global Sales offices are located 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 nearest “ALHI GSO Team” sales professionals in your state/area.