Monthly Archives: June 2018

ALHI is the Exclusive GSO for Kempinski Hotels

ALHI is proud to be the exclusive Global Sales Organization for Kempinski offering European flair in over 30 countries. Hoteliers since 1897, Kempinski has traveled the world in search of the most fascinating destinations without ever forgetting the finest traditions of its European heritage.

With luxury resorts, business and spa hotels around the world, ever Kempinski Hotel is designed for guests who value five star service for their meetings and events.

ASAE, Association Forum Expanding Learning Opportunities for Chicago Associations

ASAE and Association Forum are collaborating to increase “in-person” educational offerings in the Chicago metro area, which is the second largest association market in the United States.

Expanding opportunities to enhance career development and meeting association community needs are a shared priority for both ASAE and Association Forum. The leaders established a collaboration framework that puts the association professional at the center, builds on the strengths of each organization’s programming, and reinforces their joint commitment to the future of associations.

“We are excited to work with Association Forum to provide members with more opportunities to develop their skills and leadership abilities, strengthening their individual careers, and advancing their associations.” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

Upcoming programs include:

  • CAE Kickoff,June 13-15
  • Essential Practices in Association Management, July 23
  • Membership Development, July 24
  • Effectively Managing Volunteer Committees & Task Forces, July 25
  • Communication and Public Relations, July 26
  • Developing Your Leadership Potential, July 27
  • Exceptional Boards: CVBs Engaged, August 17-21 (with Destinations International)
  • AMCs Engaged, August 18 (with AMC Institute)
  • Association Law Symposium, August 18
  • CEO Symposium, April 8-9, 2019

“By collaborating with ASAE, we will increase the reach of our mission and the impact of our mutual organizations. It is a positive outcome for the association community. This is a demonstration of the Power of A, “said Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO of Association Forum.

“As a board member of both ASAE and Association Forum, I believe this collaboration will be beneficial to the association community at large.” said ABSI Board member and Forum Board member Paul Pomerantz, FASAE, CAE, Chief Executive Officer at the American Society of Anesthesiologists.

Programs are being hosted throughout the Chicago-metro area including: Marriott Marquis, Loews Chicago Downtown hotel, and ADA Conference & Meeting Center in downtown Chicago; ASA Conference Center in Schaumburg; McCormick Place and ASGE Institute for Training and Technology in Downers Grove; and Loews Chicago Downtown Hotel.

ASAE and Association Forum anticipate the programs will bring participants from across the midwest. ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition will be in Chicago from August 18-21.

Lets GEDTogether!

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) team members gathered recently to ‘take one for the album’, as they joined venues and industry players around the world in celebrating Global Exhibitions Day 2018 (#GED18).

According to the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, “We are honoured to participate in the Global Association for the Exhibition Industry’s (UFI) #GED18 to celebrate the power of the exhibition industry and the positive impact it has on job creation, business growth, trade and investment, as well the economic stimulation it drives in various industry sectors.”

Elaborating on the Centre’s exhibition segment performance, Pryor, shared, “Since opening, we have successfully hosted 909 exhibitions which welcomed close to 19.4 million visitors. Last year alone, we held 59 exhibitions with an attendance of over 1.4 million visitors. Of this, 73% or 43 exhibitions were recurrent clients. Long-standing exhibitions like BookFest, HOMEDEC, ARCHIDEX and Star Education Fair continue to be the backbone of our yearly business calendar. All of these have grown significantly with us over the years, making consecutive appearances or hosting every edition with us since opening in June 2005. We consider them part of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family and look forward to sharing many more memories together.”

IMEX America – Powering up for a ‘cascade of cool

With doors barely closed on its most experiential and largest IMEX in Frankfurt to date, the IMEX team now turns its sights to IMEX America.

Free attendee and hosted buyer registration opens online today for IMEX America number eight. The show is set to shine with innovation and ingenuity in its usual setting of the Sands® Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian® | The Palazzo® in Las Vegas from October 16 – 18, 2018, with Smart Monday, powered by MPI, on October 15.

There will be once again be an enormous range of opportunities to do business, to discover new destinations, hotels, services and technologies, to learn about the latest ideas and trends and to make connections with industry contacts.

There will also be some eye-opening and mind-opening innovations to extend and disrupt traditional concepts of meetings and events. In Frankfurt, one observer described the line-up of new formats and experiences as a ‘cascade of cool’. With IMEX America expanding into larger halls for 2018, IMEX partners and exhibitors will have plenty of room to demonstrate their inventiveness and flex their marketing muscles.

C2 International makes Las Vegas debut at IMEX America

With experiential events dominating this year’s business landscape, IMEX America will showcase a wealth of new ideas to planners who are constantly under pressure to deliver new thinking and fresh design. One of the outstanding proponents of these radical, challenging and inspiring new experiences will be C2 International, the ground-breaking experts in innovative business conference. As a result of a new partnership with the IMEX Group, C2 will be bringing its Learning Labs to Las Vegas, providing a further indication of the IMEX commitment to encouraging creativity in the industry.

The show will be preceded on October 15 by Smart Monday, powered by MPI, when a vast number of meetings professionals will arrive in Las Vegas for a day full of professional development events. Association Evening, the Executive Meetings Forum, PCMA Business School and the Association Leadership Forum (created by ASAE) are among the activities which, along with an extensive program of learning arranged by IMEX strategic partner MPI, will provide educational sessions to suit many needs and specific interests.

IMEX America is well-known for providing many networking opportunities at popular co-located events including the Shamrock Invitational, SITE Nite North America, the Events Industry Council Hall of Leaders & Pacesetters Awards Celebration plus MPI Foundation Rendezvous.

Register today.

For more information on IMEX America 2018 please visit

SPIN Announces Nominations for 40 Over 40: Recognition for Veteran Meeting Planners

2018 Nominations Being Accepted

SPIN:Senior Planners Industry Network is encouraging meeting planner “veterans” to apply for SPIN:40 Over 40 – to recognize and honor planners who are industry role models, influencers, innovators, and pioneers.

SPIN:40 over 40 was introduced in 2017. One of last year’s recipients, Dana Saal of Saal Meeting Consulting said, “Being named one of the first 40 over 40 winners was very special because it came from SPIN—a group of professionals I respect and appreciate.”

Another inaugural winner, Deborah Molique of Molique EPS described SPIN:40 over 40 as “an honor to have received this through SPIN – it is humbling to be nominated and recognized by my peers.”

Nominations are being accepted from June 1 to June 25 at Self-nominations are encouraged as well as nominations from peers or colleagues. Applicants do not have to be SPIN members – they just need to be at least 40 years old, have over 10-years of experience as a meeting planner, and still be actively planning full or part time. A selection committee will choose the final 40 honorees and they will receive two free registrations (one for the honoree, and one for their nominator or a fellow qualified planner*), to attend SPINCon, where they will be recognized at a ceremony amongst their peers. SPINCon 2018 will be held at the DonCesar in St. Petersburg, FL, November 11-13.

*To attend SPINCon, all planners must have at least 10 years of planner experience; suppliers can only attend in a sponsorship capacity.

About SPIN

SPIN:Senior Planners 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.

ASAE Names the 2018-2020 DELP Class

WASHINGTON- ASAE has chosen the 12 scholars for the 2018–2020 Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) class. DELP is a two-year program that supports individuals from under-represented identity groups to advance into the ranks of leadership in the association management profession. DELP scholars participate in an accelerated leadership program of education, mentoring, and volunteer service in the association community.

“Congratulations to the new class! Over the past 18 years, the DELP program has provided association professionals an opportunity to enrich their knowledge and leadership skills. It has also shaped many talented association executives, and this class will extend that legacy,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.

DELP is exclusively sponsored by the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau (DMCVB).

Graham added, “The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has supported and advocated this effort with ASAE since its inception. DELP has advanced more than 180 diverse + inclusive leaders throughout the association industry.”

This year’s class includes:

Sharleene E. Cano Quiara, CAE

Director, Membership and Publications

American Thyroid Association

Falls Church, VA

Wesley Carr

Sr. Program Mgr., Chapter & Volunteer Relations

Regulatory Affairs Professional Society

Rockville, MD

Telesia Davis, Ph.D.

Director, Education and Research

National Association for Campus Activities

Columbia, SC

Gwen Fortune-Blakely, MBA

Director, Enterprise-wide Marketing

American Speech-Language Hearing Association

Rockville, MD

Renee Harris-Ethridge, MBA, CAE

Director, Membership and Business Development

Ambulatory Surgery Center Association

Alexandria, VA

Kimberly Jones, JD

Vice President, Public Policy and Communications

Council for Opportunity in Education

Washington, DC

Richard Luna, HMCC

Director of Publishing

Meetings Professional Intl.

Dallas, TX

Heba Mahmoud, MBA

Director, Chapter Engagement

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Arlington, VA

Sharon Newport

Director of Operations

Door and Hardware Institute

Chantilly, VA

Jacqualine Price Osafo, CAE

Membership and Development Director

Water Quality Association

Lisle, IL

LaShawn Sidbury, CMP

Director, Meetings & Special Interest Groups

Assn of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Rockville, MD

Brenda Villarreal

Sr. Mgr. Professional Development and Executive Director, PRSM Foundation

PRSM Association

Dallas, TX

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

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 40,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,200 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