Monthly Archives: November 2017

AHLA Launches First-Ever Statewide Lodging Apprenticeship Program

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Senior Vice President of Career Development Shelly Weir joined Maryland Secretary of Labor Kelly Schulz, Grads of Life Principal Elyse Rosenblum and local hotel-industry apprentice Wynter Sharps to announce a commitment to provide $50,000 in grants to community-based organizations to recruit and develop “Opportunity Youth” in Baltimore.

Currently, six million young people – “Opportunity Youth” – are between the ages of 16 to 24, and out of school and out of work.  Connecting them to potential employers is an important step in securing their future. The hospitality industry has some 600,000 job openings and this grant commitment will help fill a critical labor shortage in the long-term by joining with community-based organizations to attract youth for careers in the hospitality industry in Baltimore.

Additionally, at the event Secretary of Labor Schulz provided AHLA with a proclamation in honor of National Apprenticeship Week from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan.  Like the hotel industry, Governor Hogan’s administration is committed to using apprenticeships to foster job and career opportunities.  In creating the Maryland Apprenticeship Innovation Fund, seed money has been provided to businesses and programs committed to creating apprenticeship opportunities to meet workforce needs.  In partnership with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, AHLA has made a national commitment to the U.S. Department of Labor to train some 2,500 apprentices in the hospitality industry over the next five years.  To date, AHLA has not just met, but exceeded that goal by more than 175 percent, securing more than 400 commitments from AHLA’s hotel membership.

The event also served as an enrollment ceremony for Wynter Sharps, who will begin training to become a manager through the state-wide apprenticeship program under her former general manager and the incoming MH&LA Chairman Chuck Chandler.

The event, in conjunction with the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation (AHLEF), is part of AHLA’s Empowering Youth Project, an initiative of the industry’s Dreams Happen Here campaign, a national awareness effort to showcase career advancement opportunities, community commitment, and economic importance of hotel and lodging businesses to every city and state across America.

“Providing opportunities for youth is important to ensuring that employers have a pipeline of talent for the future,” said Maryland Department of Labor Secretary Kelly M. Schulz. “Partnerships like the one formed between AHLA, Grads for Life, and these key Baltimore community-based organizations are yet another example of how we are changing Maryland for the better.”

“The hotel industry supports more than eight million jobs across the United States and this grant in Baltimore is another step in our continued commitment to creating opportunity and economic mobility by investing in our workforce,” said Shelly Weir, AHLA Senior Vice President of Career Development.  “We commend Secretary Schulz for taking a leadership role in prioritizing apprenticeships, which are critical to career development.  By partnering with the Maryland’s Labor Department and Grads of Life, we are taking a meaningful step to close that jobs gap and provide our nation’s youth with the skills to launch long, prosperous careers in the hotel industry.”

“At Grads of Life, we work each day to match employers in need of talent with innovative solutions that also provide Opportunity Youth with the skills and access necessary for meaningful career pathways,” Grads of Life Principal Elyse Rosenblum said.  “AHLA’s grant commitments and the collaboration with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation will help advance our mission to close the opportunity divide and aid countless young people looking to gain stable employment in the hotel industry.”

About AHLA

Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is the largest national association solely representing all segments of the 8 million jobs the U.S. lodging industry supports, including brands, hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, bed and breakfasts, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AHLA proudly represents a dynamic hotel industry of more than 54,000 properties that supports $1.1 trillion in U.S. sales and generates nearly $170 billion in taxes to local, state and federal governments. Learn more at www.AHLA.com.

About Grads of Life

Grads of Life is a national initiative that catalyzes market demand for Opportunity Youth (ages 16-24) by transforming employer perceptions and hiring practices. Grads of Life places an innovative focus on the demand side of the talent marketplace, harnessing the power of the private sector to create pathways to employment for Opportunity Youth nationwide.

SPIN Announces Inaugural 40 Over 40 Winners: Industry’s First Recognition Solely for Veteran Planners

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network announces the 2017 recipients of the industry’s first recognition for veteran meeting planners – SPIN:40 Over 40. This new initiative was created to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers.

“We had a great response to this call for nominations. The depth and breadth of what these individuals have achieved is amazing,” said Shawna Suckow, SPIN founder. “Just like our membership, this list is diverse and includes planners for large corporations, associations and smaller third-party agencies. Our award recipients speak, they teach, they plan large conferences, small incentive programs, work locally and globally and find time to mentor and volunteer.”

“This is an exciting and humbling honor to be recognized by SPIN for my contributions to the industry,” said Terri Woodin, CMP of Meeting Sites Resource. “There are so many truly amazing planners around the globe that work tirelessly to achieve great things for this industry, their company, and themselves, so to be selected as one of the first 40 is very rewarding.”

Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP, of GlobalGoals, Inc. echoed that sentiment and added, “We have taken different paths to get where we are today and are all committed to the elevation of the meeting planning profession.”

2017 SPIN:40 Over 40 Winners

Deborah Agricola Kuns, CMP, Frosch & Christine Peat International
Jan Aument, CTSM Silver, Good Plan Jan
Melissa Benowitz, MRB Meetings & Management, LLC
Lisa Boyd, CMP, CEM, CASE, Institute for Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Patrice Bradshaw, CMP, Boeing
Jody Brandes, CMP, CMM, Genentech
Mozella L. Brown, CMP, M. L. Brown & Associates
Carolyn Browning, CMP, CMM, HMCC, MEETing Needs, LLC
Alexandra Carvalho-Lukachova, CMP, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser Permanente)
Carolyn Davis, CMP, Strategic Meeting Partners, LLC
Corné Engelbrecht, CMP, Conference Consultancy South Africa (Pty) Ltd
Marti Fox, CMP, CMM, CPECP, GlobalGoals, Inc.
Leticia Harnung, LMH Consulting Services, LLC
Lori Hedrick, MHA, CMM, CMP, CSEP, Burroughs Wellcome Fund
Abbey Herman, CMM, Meeting and Event Consultant for Fortune 500 Companies
Donna Johnson, CMP, CMM, Capitol Hill Management Services (CHMS)
Desirée Knight, CMP, The American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)
Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, Strategic Meetings and Events
Wendy Laugesen, CMP, MarkLogic
Michael D. Lynn, CEM, CME, CMM, CMP, CPC, CPECP, Global Protocol, Etiquette and Civility Academy | Professional Tradeshow Resources
Pam Martin, Creative Meetings & Incentives (CM&I)
Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP, TML Services Group, LLC
Deborah Molique, Molique EPS
Pat Moore, CMP, Mattel
Annette Naif, Naif Productions
Natalie Norris, CMP, CMM, Meetings and More, Inc.
Qualena Odom-Royes, CSEP, CMP, CDMP, EventEssentials, LLC
Barbara Ozenbaugh, CMP, CAE, Seaside Event & Non-Profit Management
Sanece Marie Poolas, Strategic Meetings & Events
Dana L Saal CMP, CAE, Saal Meeting Consulting
Heather Sampson, CMP, DES, Aspire Meetings & Events, LLC
Bonni Scepkowski, Stellar Meetings & Events
Arlene Schilke, CMP, Timewise Event Management Inc.
Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP, Spotlight Sojourns
Karin Soyster Fitzgerald, CMP, CAE, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Chip G. Stockton, CMP, Conference ConCepts, Inc.
Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM, Thrive! Meetings & Events
Heather Switzer, CMP, Winsight, LLC
Peg Wolschon, CMP, CTA, Calyx Software
Terri Woodin, CMP, Meeting Sites Resource

The 40 honorees will each receive complimentary registration for SPINCon 2017 (one for the honoree, and one for their nominator or a fellow qualified planner), and they will be recognized at the conference in a ceremony amongst their peers. SPINCon 2017 will be held at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas, December 3-5.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network is the world’s largest association for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

Prague Congress Centre Closes Its 17-year chapter

The blue logo, which the Prague Congress Centre has been associated with since 2002, has been replaced with a new logo. The refurbished centre introduces a new corporate identity that symbolizes its transformation into an open, friendly and inspiring place.

The winner of a new corporate identity tender, Fast & Simple Group was asked to give the Prague Congress Centre an unmistakable, distinctive and visually clear style. The logo itself corresponds to the changes that are taking place in the PCC, to its upgrading, digitalization and innovative approach.

“The idea behind the design of the logo was the location itself, so not only want the location in the centre of Prague, but also in the very heart of Europe, where visitors from Europe are practically around the corner. It is the imaginary corner that fits into the graphic of the whole corporate identity. The selected triangles represent the initial letters of the name of the Prague Congress Centre,” explains Nikola Jaroschova, creative director of the agency.

The Prague Congress Centre, which made a major shift with the dynamic new management during the last year and can honour its rank among the best congress centres in Europe, deserves a new visual style. “We liked the playfulness and simplicity of the design, the distinctive colours that symbolize the tradition with our dominant position in the congress market on one side and growth and future development on the other. Blue represents long-term experience and professionalism, fuchsia then self- confidence and green, finally, sustainable development and growth which also corresponds with the direction of the green arrow,” says Lenka Žlebková, the Sales and Marketing Director.

Altogether, the logo evokes the shape of the present building and the future extension of the new exhibition hall. The aim was to highlight Prague itself as an excellent congress destination.

The visual elements of the new corporate identity will be accompanied by the slogans “That’s Me, Just Around the Corner and Feel the Change”, which will be used especially in targeted marketing campaigns.

The Prague Congress Centre:

PCC is the largest congress centre in the Czech Republic. It offers a wide variety of space suitable for all kinds of events from small conferences to big congresses, high technical standards and great acoustics.  Its advantage is the location near the city centre, breath-taking views and municipal transportation accessibility. The total capacity is up to 9,300 people and 13,000 m² of exhibition space and the complex also includes the Vyšehrad Business Centre and the 4-star Holiday Inn Prague Congress Centre with 254 rooms.  PCC has been certified with EKO Gold for being supplied 100% of electricity produced from renewable resources.

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Win Third Consecutive Accolade At rAWr Awards 2017

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) scored a ‘hattrick’ at the recent rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards 2017, when the venue was announced winner (for the third consecutive time) of the ‘Purpose Built Convention & Exhibition Centre Award For Excellence’.

Speaking on the Centre’s success at the rAWr Awards Ceremony, Deputy General Manager, John Burke, conveyed, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious accolade for the third time and are honoured to be amongst such esteemed finalists and industry leaders.”

He continued, “This award is testament to the commitment, professionalism and dedication of our highly knowledgeable and professional team members. We work hard to successfully deliver innovative and value-add solutions that are customised and designed to create bespoke experiences, as well as memorable customer journeys, for clients across the board. It also further reinforces our position as Malaysia’s premier facility and one of Asia Pacific’s leading meeting venues.”

Burke also congratulated Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) and Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) on this initiative, which encourages and recognises excellence among business events industry players, as a way to continuously improve standards within the local, regional and global meetings industry.

Launched in 2013, the biennial rAWr (Recognising Award Winning Results) Awards is a joint initiative between MyCEB and MACEOS recognising business events industry players. Judged by a panel of independent industry experts within the Asian region, this year’s awards celebrated the prestigious talents, dedication and innovation behind the years of successful venues & events, conventions, exhibitions and incentive travel. For more information on the rAWr Awards 2017, click here.

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

‘She Means Business’ – Conversation, collaboration and learning for women at IMEX in Frankfurt

Gender politics has hit the headlines again recently – issues affecting women at work, such as gender equality and career advancement, are more prominent than ever. In the meeting and event sector, where women comprise the majority of the workforce, these topics are particularly pressing.

This is evident in the huge response from women around the world to the survey ‘Women in the Events Industry – equal partners or assistants?’ launched last year by tw tagungswirtschaft magazine and the m + a report in conjunction with the IMEX Group.

Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group, explains: “It has long been noticeable that whilst women are in the majority in the meetings industry, they are in the minority in leadership positions. We want to play our part in highlighting the challenges that women face, but more importantly helping to introduce solutions. The best way to do this is to bring people together for open conversation, collaboration and learning.”

Conversation, collaboration and learning top the agenda at a new event to be launched at IMEX in Frankfurt next year. She Means Business, taking place the day before the show on Monday 14 May, as part of EduMonday, is a new half day conference celebrating the role of women in the industry. Meeting and event strategists – both female and male – are invited to share expertise and learn from inspiring speakers and mentors.

She Means Business, created in partnership with tw tagungswirtschaft, addresses the crucial issues currently faced by women in the meetings and events sector with inspirational speakers sharing their insights and experiences.

Kerstin Wünsch, editor-in-chief tw tagungswirtschaft, explains: “The launch of She Means Business at IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 has been driven by the needs of readers – our international survey, ‘Women in the event industry’, showed that nearly 80% of respondents wanted platforms to meet and to exchange ideas.”

H-Hotels.com is the exclusive hotel partner of She Means Business. Uwe Krohn Vice President Sales H-Hotels explains: “For H-Hotels.com, gender equality is not a trend, it’s part of everyday life. Professional women, particularly those in the meetings and events industry, deserve a dedicated event to foster professional development and networking. The timing of She Means Business is perfect and we support this event with all our heart.”

“As an industry we must continue to discuss, ask questions, challenge preconceptions and push forward for change. It’s only by meeting and collaborating that we can make an impact for women in the industry,” comments Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group.

SPIN Announces Advisory Board

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network announced the formation of its first Advisory Board. This group will work with the CEO & acting Executive Director, Shawna Suckow to help guide the organization on a more strategic level. “As SPIN enters its 10th year, we have decided to add this team to deliver SPIN’s vision, set priorities and assist with the search for a new Executive Director,” said Suckow.

Current SPIN members applied for the Advisory Board and were selected by Suckow. “I’ve been a SPIN member since its inception, said Tracey Smith, CMP, CMM. I’ve always had some type of leadership role in the organization and am excited to continue in helping to shape SPIN’s future.”  Noted Rachel Clarke, “This is my first foray into SPIN leadership, although I’ve been a member for years and have enjoyed many annual conferences. I am honored to have been chosen to work on the next chapter of this association.”

SPIN has had a larger leadership team in the past, comprised of volunteers at the national and branch levels. The creation of an Advisory Board will allow a smaller core group to work with the Executive Director more efficiently.

SPIN recently changed its planner-only policy to add senior-level suppliers into the association; they will be represented on the Advisory Board as a third of the team.  “I’ve been a SPIN supporter as a sponsor for several years,” said Deborah Cohen, CMP of the Branson Lakes CVB. “When the announcement came that SPIN was inviting senior-level suppliers to join, I jumped at the chance and was flattered to be asked to be a part of the first Advisory Board.”

2018 SPIN Advisory Board members:

Tom Anderson, CMPTechnology Service Industry Association, San Diego, CA
Mozella Brown, CMPM.L. Brown & Associates, Dallas, TX
Rachel ClarkeRachel Clarke Events, Las Vegas, NV
Linda Hurtley Linwood Group Meetings, Minneapolis, MN
Terry Mathews-Lombardo, CMPTML Services, Orlando, FL
Wendy PorterWendy Porter Events, Minneapolis, MN
Tracey Smith, CMP, CMMAmerican Express Meetings & Events, Austin, TX
Greg BriceSmartSource Rentals, Orlando, FL
Deborah Cohen, CMPBranson Lakes CVB, Branson, MO
Dan YamanLive Spark, Minneapolis, MN

The SPIN Advisory Board will have their first meeting preceding the association’s annual conference, SPINCon, in December.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network is the world’s third largest association for meeting planners and the largest for senior-level planners. SPIN has recently invited all hospitality professionals who have at least 10 years of experience to join their ranks.

###

For more information:

Carolyn Browning, Director of Communications, SPIN – crb@carolynbrowning.com

Shawna Suckow, Founder & CEO, SPIN – shawna@spinplanners.com

Catherine Jensen, VP Operations, SPIN – catherine@spinplanners.com

www.SPINplanners.com