Monthly Archives: March 2019


MicroTek, a global leader in corporate meeting and training facilities and services, is proud to announce that its Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. locations have received IACC Venue Certification.

In order to receive this certification, IACC member venues must demonstrate commitment to the highest standards in facility design, capabilities, and services, as well as technology and sustainability. IACC member properties are designed and operated to ensure that clients have access to the most productive professional environments and are supported by an outstanding on-site staff. Above all else, certified facilities demonstrate an outcome-focused commitment to corporate clients and their core business and event objectives.

In attaining this prestigious status, MicroTek further solidifies its commitment to continued enhancement and growth of its comprehensive portfolio of all-inclusive meeting spaces and services.

“We are proud to receive the IACC member venue designation. It speaks to the incredible dedication of our planning, corporate, and onsite teams to always provide the highest quality product and level of service that we have come to be known for,” says Don Slivensky, CEO of MicroTek.

Located in the heart of 9 major metropolitan business hubs across the country, MicroTek’s premier meeting facilities offer flexible meeting spaces paired with a full suite of all-inclusive meeting services.

To learn more about MicroTek’s premier meeting venues, visit

Since 1991, MicroTek has been an industry-leading, single-source provider of corporate meeting and training facilities, learning and event technology solutions, and comprehensive support services. With an expert team and network of more than 3,000 facilities worldwide, MicroTek has the resources and expertise to execute the most effective corporate meeting and training events for any client, anywhere in the world.

Ray Bloom honoured with Exhibition News Pioneer Award at EN Awards

Ray Bloom, Chairman of the IMEX Group has been honoured by Exhibition News with its Pioneer Award.

The Award was presented by Julian Agostini, Managing Director of Mash Media at the EN Awards held in Battersea Evolution, London on 22 March 2019.

Before the announcement, Nicola Macdonald explained the criteria for the Pioneer Award. She said that the exhibition industry is full of inspiring entrepreneurs, individuals who are innovative, risky and brave, who trust their intuition, possess incredible foresight, exude self-belief and most of all, have a will to succeed. 

She continued, saying that as the winner of the Exhibition News Pioneer Award, Ray Bloom has displayed all these qualities and opened the door to tomorrow’s world, while growing the industry to the benefit of all. He has innovated and inspired throughout a long career in the exhibition industry. She added that he was a visionary, creating events for events people and pioneering the hosted buyer programme which is now widely used in the industry. 

Nicola Macdonald concluded “Ray is a true pioneer of the exhibition industry, growing truly global, trailblazing events while still remaining the approachable, personable and passionate face of the brand. We were thrilled to recognise him for his lifelong contribution to the industry at the 13th EN Awards.”

After the presentation of the Award Ray Bloom said; “This is totally unexpected. It means an enormous amount. When you’ve been working in the industry for 30 years to be recognised by your peers is very gratifying. I feel greatly honoured tonight. I’d like to thank Exhibition News very much, and the IMEX team and all our industry partners, friends and colleagues for their tremendous support over many years.”

Award Winning Musicians, Legend and Paisley, Set to Entertain Attendees at 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, Columbus.

2019 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy multi award winning musical performances, first by John Legend at the ASAE Foundation The Classic, and Brad Paisley at the Closing Celebration. From August 10–13, ASAE is expecting more than 5,000 association professionals and industry partners to come together in Columbus.

“This will be the first time the ASAE Annual Meeting is being held in Columbus and we couldn’t be more excited. As a Strategic Partner, Experience Columbus has long supported the association community, and as hosts they have planned a memorable experience for our attendees by signing John Legend and Brad Paisley as entertainment,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE.                                                                                        

Ohio native John Legend will perform during the ASAE Foundation’s The Classic. The  event will take place on Monday, August 12 at the Nationwide Arena.  “We are thrilled to have John Legend perform at The Classic,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, EVP, ASAE/President, ASAE Foundation. “An intimate performance by one of today’s top musical stars paired with the knowledge that attendees are helping The Foundation advance the association industry makes this event a must.”

Country superstar and spokesperson for Columbus based Nationwide, Brad Paisley, will help us celebrate under the stars for a closing concert on Tuesday, August 13. The event will take place at Express Live!, the first indoor – outdoor convertible venue. “The city of Columbus cannot wait to welcome 2019 ASAE Annual Meeting attendees,” said Brian Ross, President & CEO, Experience Columbus. “It is our hope that in addition to our diverse and creative city, these top performers will make Columbus an unforgettable meeting.”

Early bird registration ends May 10. Please note, admission to evening events is limited to meeting attendees and their pre-registered guests. To learn more about all of the education opportunities, registration, hotels, and events, visit the ASAE Annual Meeting website.

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact the ASAE Public Relations department to request your complimentary pass.

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

Strategic Partners

Atlanta CVB

Canada Business Events

Choose Chicago

Experience Columbus

Community Brands
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Naylor Association Solutions
Discover Puerto Rico

Corporate Partners

Visit Austin
Visit Baltimore

Caesars Entertainment
Destination Cleveland

Visit Dallas

DelCor Technology Solutions



Louisville Tourism

Visit Omaha
Travel Portland

Visit Salt Lake
Visit San Jose

Event Partners

IMIS by Advanced Solutions International

The Broadmoor


Higher Logic


Discover the Palm Beaches

MEDIA CONTACT: Lauren Precker, CAE, 202-626-2735.

About ASAE

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 44,000 association executives and industry partners representing 7,400 organizations. Its members lead, manage, and work in or partner with organizations in more than a dozen association management disciplines, from executive management to finance to technology. Together, they create a vibrant community that makes the world smarter, safer, and better every day. 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. Visit ASAE at

The Points Guy Ranks Delta Best U.S. Airline

The aviation and travel site ranked 10 U.S. airlines in 11 categories, tabulated the results and concluded: ‘Delta was the big winner.’

Each year the website The Points Guy comprehensively examines U.S. airlines, crunching data in everything from on-board amenities to route network, on-time performance to value of frequent flier programs and more.

The verdict: Delta is No. 1.

In a special report this week, TPG ranked 10 U.S. airlines on 11 criteria, drawing scores from hard metrics such as canceled flights, customer satisfaction and percentage of customers involuntarily bumped.

Concluded TPG: “Delta was the big winner, with 92.7% of planes arriving on time, the largest network of lounges and cities served, and several other strong suits.”

Delta beat out Alaska Airlines for the top spot, with Southwest No. 3.

Scott Mayerowitz, Executive Editorial Director at The Points Guy, told Forbes, which covered TPG’s report:  “Delta was ahead of its competitors in some key investments, and that is reflected in our rankings.” 

Read the article​, including a rundown of TPG’s categories and scoring.