Outstanding achievement at all levels of the global meetings industry celebrated at annual IMEX Gala Dinner

Meetings industry professionals from across the world gathered together to celebrate and honour a variety of achievements last night at the 15th annual IMEX Gala Dinner held at the prestigious Alte Oper, a concert hall and former opera house in Frankfurt.

The awards were: The MPI Student Scholarship Award; DMAI Destination Leadership Award; IAEE International Excellence Award; IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award; PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award; SITE Master Motivator Award; IMEX-GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award; Four regional IMEX Academy Awards and the JMIC Unity Award.

Rising star Kazzandra Grove from South Africa was presented with MPI Student Scholarship Award. The award, which celebrates and supports the next generation of meeting planners, is part of the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum International University Challenge. At the final of the Challenge, held at IMEX in Frankfurt, the regional winners competed for the grand prize, sponsored by the MPI Foundation and Marriott International. Kazzandra Grove from North West University in Mahikeng, South Africa, wowed judges with her proposal: aMAZEng Brain Conference.

The winner of this year’s DMAI Destination Leadership Award was a delighted Ana Maria Gallego, General Manager from the Medellin Convention & Visitors Bureau in Columbia. This award celebrates a destination marketing organisation (DMO) that demonstrates significant leadership and support of its community.

Tarsus Group collected the IAEE International Excellence Award in recognition of the team’s exceptional work in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale. Tarsus Group is an international media company with a portfolio of exhibitions, conferences, publications and online media across the Americas, Europe, Asia and Middle East.

Elizabeth Winter of African Agenda was the winner of the IAPCO Driving Excellence Innovation Award. The IAPCO Innovation Award commends the most creative and high achieving young member of staff of an IAPCO member company. Corne Koch of Wesgro Convention Bureau was delighted to accept the award on Elizabeth’s behalf, which was presented by Jan Tonkin, IAPCO President. Elizabeth’s award winning innovation was a “standing discussion”, a session, which took participants out of their comfort zones and brought them together to share ideas in a lively, structured context.

The PCMA Global Meetings Executive of the Year Award honours a business events strategist who has demonstrated a vision, commitment and passion for the advancement and education of the global meetings industry. It was awarded to Roberta Kravitz, Executive Director of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), the leading non-profit organisation that provides an international forum for education, information and research in magnetic resonance for radiographers and technologists throughout the world.

Marketing, PR & Social Media expert Patrick Patridge was the proud recipient of the SITE Master Motivator Award 2017. This Award is presented to a person who holds the highest standard of excellence in creating or executing motivational events.

A new award for this year – the IMEX-GMIC Innovation in Sustainability Award – has been designed to celebrate event professionals who are driving sustainability forward through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. This new award recognises not only the meeting or project owner, but also other stakeholders such as the planner, the venue and other key suppliers. Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group was the inaugural winner in recognition of its Blu Planet water conservation project.

Inge Huijbrechts, Global Vice President Responsible Business at Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, explains: “Connecting towel reuse in Radisson Blu Hotels with supplying safe drinking water in water scarce areas is a key innovation, especially important because of the global water scarcity crisis and because it makes towel reuse meaningful to our guests. Our partner Just a Drop makes a real difference to people’s lives in local communities. Together we have impacted over 9,000 people.”

The IMEX Academy Awards represent the very best in the global meetings and incentive travel industry, honouring four outstanding individuals each year. This year’s roll-call recognised:

• Academy – Europe: Olivier Lépine, General Manager at Biarritz Tourisme

• Academy – The Americas: Diane DiMaggio, ‎Business Development Director at Northstar Travel Media

• Academy – Asia Pacific: Jeannie Lim, Executive Director at Singapore Tourism Board

• Academy – Africa Middle East: Karim El Minabawy, President of Egypt-based Emeco Travel

Finally, a very surprised and delighted Ray Bloom was crowned winner of this year’s JMIC Unity Award. The award was presented to the IMEX Group Chairman by Joachim König, President of JMIC and Director of the Hannover Congress Centrum, in recognition of Ray’s significant contribution to the advancement of the meetings industry.

Joachim König explains: “Ray’s credentials are second to none – as founder and developer of a leading show in our sector, he has worked consistently over many years to address some of the most important issues by facilitating and supporting industry action. Throughout all of this, he has focused on supporting and encouraging others in their endeavours, providing the resources needed to do so. In this respect, Ray particularly exemplifies the purpose of the 2017 Unity Award and we are delighted and honoured to present it to him.”

 

ASAE, Steelcase Partner to Provide Unique Experiences at XDP

WASHINGTON—ASAE is partnering with Steelcase Event Experiences to deliver ASAE’s new event called the Xperience Design Project (XDP), May 23-24, at the Gaylord National® Resort & Convention Center in Maryland. XDP will create a collaborative learning environment for association professionals to think differently about their meetings and inspire a new era of face-to-face business experiences.

Steelcase Event Experiences is a partner in the design and delivery of the Lab portion of XDP. The Lab is on day one and is a full-day learning experience where association professionals and industry partners work side-by-side to share ideas, uncover opportunities, and tackle the most important issues impacting their business.

The Lab takes place in a hub-and-spoke format with a center stage and five Zones, each aligned as an element of the core curriculum – Experience, Learning, Location, Marketing, and Technology. Steelcase has designed and will furnish three of the five zones in the Lab, and it will showcase how an environment can elevate engagement.

“We are excited to partner with Steelcase Event Experiences for our inaugural XDP event. They are creating unique experiences with special, high-level sets in the Experience, Marketing, and Learning zones. Attendees will be able to listen, learn, network and participate in the different environments while envisioning how they can incorporate these designs in their future meetings,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

“To build a purposeful and powerful event experience, our team worked with ASAE to understand the needs and goals of each stakeholder in The Lab, from presenters to participants,” said Jeremy Bergwerff, Managing Director, Steelcase Event Experiences. “We then used our insights on collaboration and expertise in spatial design to help the ASAE team reimagine the learning experience and their event space. This work will enable engagement and participation among attendees.”

To learn more about the different zones, speakers, and business exchange, visit XDP.

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

About Steelcase Inc.

For over 105 years, Steelcase Inc. has helped create great experiences for the world’s leading organizations, across industries. We demonstrate this through our family of brands – including Steelcase®, Coalesse®, Designtex®, PolyVision® and Turnstone®. Together, they offer a comprehensive portfolio of architecture, furniture and technology products and services designed to unlock human promise and support social, economic and environmental sustainability. We are globally accessible through a network of channels, including over 800 dealer locations. Steelcase is a global, industry-leading and publicly traded company with fiscal 2017 revenue of $3.0 billion.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership

ASAE is a membership organization of more than 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org.

ASAE Launches New Learning, Talent Development Platform–ASAE Learning Online

WASHINGTON—ASAE has a new continuous learning and talent development platform called ASAE Learning Online. It provides on-demand access to unlimited educational opportunities for ASAE members and non-members throughout the association community.

Subscribers can personalize learning plans, take skills gap assessments, and search through hundreds of educational options that align with association management competencies (defined by ASAE’s Job Task Analysis) as well as professional skills, which are important for individual, team, and organizational effectiveness. It will also offer personalized recommendations, so participants can discover the most relevant content they need.

“ASAE Learning Online gives the association community the ability to learn at the point of need, when and where they need it, as well as understand where they are along their career path. Subscribers will be able to take self-assessments, set goals, and track all their continuing education in one place,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “We are very excited about this new platform for association professionals!”

ASAE Learning Online offers individual ASAE members and non-members the opportunity to purchase a monthly or annual subscription. There’s also a 7-day free subscription, a limited freemium account with five trial courses. In the Fall, ASAE Learning Online will offer organizational subscriptions, and it will have a range of talent management related features and introduce multi-course certificate programs and career bundles.

“Research shows that organizations with strong learning and talent development processes drive better business results including: more revenue, greater employee engagement, reduced staff turnover, and higher customer retention,” said ASAE’s Chief Learning Officer Rhonda Payne, CAE. “As we position ASAE to provide the best support for our members individually as well as organizationally, it is critical that we offer a variety of ways to engage and help advance this type of employee-centric learning culture.”

ASAE is using the platform SumTotal, a Skillsoft company. Content for the platform is curated from a combination of member-produced, staff-produced, and third-party course content.

The monthly subscription rate for members is $49 and $69 for non-members, and annual membership is $488 for members and $678 for non-members. For more information or to sign-up, visit ASAE Learning Online.

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 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org

Prague Congress Centre Keeps up with New Trends

To ensure facilities for big congresses, conferences and festivals and stand comparison with world prestigious congress centres means to follow new modern trends. Prague Congress Centre meets up its clients` demanding requirements and apart from flexible spaces it offers the latest novelties of audio-visual technologies, complex software and hardware solutions and advanced high-tech self check-in systems for professional event management.

“In Prague Congress Centre we try to provide our clients with the most comfortable solutions to help them organize their event. We want them to have a feeling that organizing a congress, conference or a culture event can go smoothly and effectively, that they have received top quality services from us and that they will gladly come back. Our service offer includes rent of our own technology equipment as well as products from reliable suppliers. We choose those who offer special solutions simplifying the event management. Good solution for us is the one which has a particular measurable profit for the visitors of an event,” says AV technology Manager Milan Svoboda.

The latest technology novelty is a self check-in system which simplifies the organization of the event.  Modern self check-in kiosks ensure smooth and effective registration of attendees and also allow the participants, who did not manage to register online, registration on spot. A sophisticated application helps to create invitation cards and send them to guests. Potential visitors can register just by one click on a special registration web page. Entry QR code will be send afterwards by an e-mail. The system also monitors the activity of attendees and up-dates online accessible data.

Other tool, which will make event management easier, is a complex software and hardware solution for electronic content maintenance. It is a modular system collecting presentations and distributing them to conference halls. The system also helps to prepare or adjust the conference programme and displays various information on the monitors in front of conference halls or send the info to participants. The system contains three different modules – for an administrator, organizer and participant. The module Administrator is only meant for trained technicians. It serves for recording, checking and editing of presentations, it enables to check functionality of the system, to set all parameters of the event such as resolution or source graphic of particular projections. The module Organizer helps with the time management of the event, administration of electronic posters and information boards, maintains the database and collects statistic data. The module Participant collaborates with Android and iOS applications and enables to find all relevant information about the event such as the programme of presentations, lectures and seminars or lists of the speakers and authors of contributions. At the same time participants can evaluate lectures, ask for presentations or communicate with the authors.

Prague Congress Centre is also an excellent place for organizing cultural events and festivals. Some of them are provided with a complex audio-visual technology which can meet the highest expectations. An example of a successfully maintained event is a young festival 4FANS for you-tubers, vloggers, music fans and online game players which required excellent services and high-end equipment. To make such an event even more interesting, PCC has started to offer a new special holographic technology which enables to transmit various scenes and pictures on the background stage and make special effects such as a conversation between speakers and their holographic clones. During an internal marketing conference the used technology included approximately 150 m2 LED screens thanks to which the hall turned into a circus or a hockey stadium. 40 intelligent lights lit the scene to increase the effect.   ___________________________________________________________________________

About 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 Strengthens Team

The Centre Welcomes John Burke As New Deputy General Manager

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) is proud to announce the appointment of John Burke as its new Deputy General Manager. Burke is a senior venue operations professional with over 25 years’ experience working across all areas of venue and event management including leadership, commercial management, construction liaison, vendor management, programme management, facility operations & engineering, and audio visual (AV) & technical systems infrastructure & development.

Welcoming Burke to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre family, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared “We are delighted to have John onboard. We are confident that the Centre will benefit immensely from his strong technology background to further enhance our state-of-the-art information technology (IT) and AV facilities to better meet our clients’ needs. We also look forward to utilising his knowledge and experience in operations to support us in delivering affordable and personalised services to our clients.”

As Deputy General Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the Centre’s day-to-day operations including managing the AV and technical services, catering, event co-ordination and exhibition services, to name a few.

Prior to joining the Centre, Burke was Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre’s (OCEC) Director of Operations, where he was responsible for event operations, AV and production, IT, building services and asset management. During the construction and pre-opening period of OCEC, he also assumed the responsibilities of Technical Services Manager, where he provided operator input on design and modifications. Before his time at OCEC, he was the Director of IT at Qatar National Convention Centre for four years.

Holding a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Computer Science from Wolverhampton University, Burke kicked off his career with the NEC Group, where he gained over 15 years of comprehensive IT, technical and operational knowledge. During this time, he was involved in the infrastructure and technical design of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, the Convention Centre Dublin and LG Arena, amongst others.

ASAE’s Marketing, Membership, Communications Conference Gives Association Executives Digital, Content, Branding Strategies

During ASAE’s Marketing, Membership, & Communications Conference (MMCC), May 2-3, 851 association executives and industry partners took part in 24 learning labs, three keynotes, two preconference workshops, and networked in the exhibit hall at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

“The education sessions and keynote speakers this year really resonated with our audience. They provided attendees with insight on the latest trends, advice on how to strengthen their brand, and the best strategies for marketing, membership, and communications,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham, IV, FASAE, CAE.

New this year, ASAE offered two preconference workshops on May 1. In “Strategic Talent Management for High Performing Marcomm Teams,” the six content leaders focused on culture and its impact on an association’s success in building high-performing teams. The second workshop “Membership Recruitment in the Digital Age” Shama Hyder, CEO of The Marketing Zen Group, discussed five ways organizations can grow their digital footprint and convert this to new member growth.

For the opening on May 2, there were two keynotes: Shama Hyder and Eric Kuhn, the Chief Marketing Officer at Layer 3 TV. Hyder kicked off the session saying how people are now the media and how organizations need to think about how to reach them effectively. She talked about three trends in digital marketing including: identity-based ecosystem, content curation and aggregation, and video has become device agnostic.

Kuhn discussed the best practices to bridge content and technology, utilizing the current social networks effectively, and preparing for what’s coming up next. The keys for great content include: understanding how your members use and engage with the different social media platforms, communicating the value of your association, and knowing that content needs to be compelling and tell a great story.

On May 2, ASAE also announced the 2017 Gold Circle for Overall Excellence winner — the American Society of Anesthesiologists: Protecting Safe VA Care. Here’s a full list of the 2017 Gold Circle Award winners, which is sponsored by High Roads Solution.

A keynote from William Espey, brand voice lead at Chipotle Mexican Grill, kicked off May 3. He talked about brand value and how it’s important to showcase your personality, the association’s values, and create communities that benefit your customers. He emphasized that organizations should use psychology when facing a crisis and approach it from the individual’s perspective. The organization needs to apologize, be transparent, rebuild trust, and create a process for its members to reconnect.

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

Strategic Partners
Atlanta CVB
Business Events Canada
Choose Chicago
Experience Columbus
Reno Tahoe USA
Visit San Jose
YourMembership

Corporate Partners
Visit Baltimore
DelCor Technology Solutions
Visit Dallas
Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB
Fort Worth CVB
GEICO
Louisville CVB
Mexico Tourism Board
Naylor Association Solutions
Visit Omaha
Visit Orlando
Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners
BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
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 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org.

Prague Congress Ambassadors Won Prestigious Awards

Prague Convention Bureau, already for the eighth time, awarded the Congress Ambassadors for their contribution in the field of Prague congress tourism. Ambassador Awards Evening ceremonial presentation, a part of the Prague Convention Bureau’s Ambassador Program, took place on the premises of the Residence of the Mayor of Prague on 13th April. The event was held with the support of the City of Prague, represented by the Mayor – Mrs. Adriana Krnáčová. The gala evening was moderated by Veronika Paroulková.

Prague Convention Bureau has been awarding Congress Ambassadors with the greatest credit for the development of congress tourism in Prague in the previous year since 2010. The aim of the event is to award renowned Czech scientists, top experts, professors, and doctors who represent the Czech Republic in international professional associations, actively lobby in favor of Prague and then participate in the preparatory work of scientific, program or organizing committees of international congresses held in Prague. The awards are also handed out in the “Corporate Event of the Year” category. For 2016, following Ambassadors were awarded:

  • in the “Congress of The Year 2016” category: MUDr. Jiří Kubeš, Ph.D. and Mgr. Vladimír Vondráček, for the 55th Annual Conference of the Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG 55)
  • in the “Congress of the Year 2016 – Less than 500 Attendants” category: MUDr. Jiří Froněk, Ph.D., FRCS, for the 51st Congress of the European Society of Surgical Research;
  • in the “Candidacy of the Year 2016” category: Ing. Libor Přeučil, CSc., for the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems 2021 (IROS);
  • in the “Corporate Event of the Year 2016” category: Swiss Pharma Internal Meeting;
  • in the “Long-Term Contribution to Congress Tourism” category: prof. MUDr. Karel Cvachovec, CSc., MBA – Head of Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation Clinic at 2nd Medical Faculty, Charles University and Motol University Hospital;
  • Special prize of the Prague Congress Centre: Ing. Karla Šlechtová, Ministry of Regional Development, for the UN Regional Conference European Habitat.

 “Convention industry is an increasingly important sector of Prague’s economy, this fact being confirmed by the statistics of the Czech Statistical Office, which, last year, recorded the largest number of conferences in the capital over the past decade. In total, there were 4,426 conventions in Prague. I would like to thank all the congress ambassadors, who participated in the process of acquiring the events for Prague, for this achievement,” said Roman Muška, Managing Director at Prague Convention Bureau.

An independent Committee, composed of key tourism, academic as well as public sector representatives, decided about the winners in each category. The invitation to the committee was accepted by: doc. Ing. Monika Palatková, Ph.D., General Manager at CzechTourism; PhDr. Nora Dolanská, MBA, General Director at Prague City Tourism; Ing. Marta Nováková, President at Czech Confederation of Commerce and Tourism; prof. RNDr. Václav Pačes, DrSc., scientist, educator and biochemist; and prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA, Rector of the Charles University in Prague.

About Prague Convention Bureau

Prague Convention Bureau (PCB) is a non-profit organization established in 2008. The company acts as an official representative of the Prague congress tourism and promotes the city as one of the European leading congress destinations. Together with Czech tourism bodies, partners and members the PCB offers effective assistance in organizing conferences, meetings, seminars, exhibitions and incentive events in Prague.

About the Ambassador Program

Ambassador Awards Evening is a part of the Prague Convention Bureau’s Ambassador Program – strategic program focused on a promotion of Congress Ambassadors – local representatives of international professional associations in Prague and the Czech Republic. Among others, the program offers many educational and social events to support Congress Ambassadors in their effort to bring international conferences in the destination.

The National Conference Center Celebrates Earth Day With Five Green Trends for Meeting Planners

 

The National Conference Center, a training and conference facility for more than 40 years, has also been a leader in sustainability for a decade.  The National commemorates Earth Day by celebrating its Green Seal™ and Virginia Green™ certifications, and its Loudoun County Green Business Challenge victory.

As sustainability and meeting experts, The National has identified five trends for meeting planners to consider when booking a Green Venue for their meeting.

1.The Grass Is Always Greener – When doing a site visit, take a look around. Is there a lot of outdoor space for attendees to take a walk, or a hike, or to sit quietly? Having a facility with outdoor space that is relaxing–even a space to meditate, is a natural way to encourage attendees to unwind. The National is set on 65 acres in the countryside of Loudoun County, and the grounds are covered with drought-resistant plants, trees, shrubs and/or native plants to minimize water use. The property is irrigated only when necessary and mulched plant beds are used to retain water. An integrated pest management program has also been implemented to research the use of organic insecticides and fertilizers. That’s how the grass stays “green”!

2. Food For Thought – Studies have shown that eating high-protein foods and less sugar keeps up energy, brainpower and focus. Pick a venue that understands the value of healthy food and breaks. Check out healthy recipes and a sampling of our Breakfast of Champions menu, developed by The National for meeting planners who look for healthy menu options. Taking it a step further, over 60 different food products have been purchased from Food Hub, which represents over 30 farms in Virginia and Maryland. Menus are created based on what is available during the season. Blueberry Power Shakes or Eggs Benedict with a Yogurt Hollandaise Sauce are just a few ideas.

3. Energy Savers – The most obvious way to see if a venue has sustainability as one of its mission statements is to look for energy-saving options. The National uses motion sensors in guest rooms to determine when rooms are unoccupied in order to maintain energy-saving heating and cooling. Also ask if the property utilizes an efficient energy management program to operate their Central Utility Plant. This saves a great deal of energy compared to operating the plant manually. The National recently completed a 5-year energy lighting plan to replace all lights with energy-efficient light bulbs. Every time The National replaces equipment in the meeting rooms (computers, monitors, copiers, etc.), guest rooms (TVs, etc.) or in the culinary program (refrigerators, freezers, ovens, dishwashers, etc.) only Energy Star-rated equipment is purchased. Ask the Chef if the last appliance they purchased was Energy Star-rated.

4. Logistics – Paperless check-in, digital brochures and uploading handouts to a website are just a few ways a conference planning department can help keep the paper count down. Ask your venue how water is provided. Plastic bottles are out; ceramic coolers with reusable cups are in. Use environmentally-friendly paper products (napkins, paper towels, etc.) that are biodegradable and recyclable. The National maintains a Waste Management Contract for single-stream recycling for glass, plastic, aluminum, metal, wood, cardboard and paper. Soon the property hopes to eliminate even the printed map of the complex given to every guest by developing an app for wayfinding.

5. Get Involved – Working with the local community or “paying it forward” may be a great way to tie your green mission to our green mission. The National can help organize a river cleanup program near Potomac River or the creek flowing through the property. We work very closely with our neighbor, Riverside High School, who can create a culinary team with students to learn about farm-to-table cooking. Work with one of many local charities to help clean a park or build a section of a home similar to Habitat for Humanity. The National’s conference planning department has many contacts in the local community.

With its reputation as an outstanding member of IACC, The National has hosted thousands of learning and training meetings and conferences over the years and has perfected the meeting experience. Under new management since 2014, The National is committed to sustainability for its guests and meeting planners. For more information, see our complete green program or call 800-640-2684.

ASAE Announces Nilofer Merchant as Opening Keynote for 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition

WASHINGTON—Known as the “Jane Bond of Innovation,” Nilofer Merchant, a Fellow at The Martin Prosperity Institute and one of the world’s top-ranked business thinkers, will kick off the 2017 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 12–15, in Toronto.

Merchant will discuss how ideas today spread through networks, collaboration, and co-creation instead of hierarchies. She’ll also outline how the power to make a difference is not bound by status, but it’s “onlyness.”

Her talk will illustrate how association professionals, in any role or career stage, can surface powerful ideas. And, she’ll reveal the secrets she discovered while advising Fortune 500s and Silicon Valley startups on strategies to enter new markets, to defend against competitors, and to optimize revenue.

“Imagine what problems associations might solve and innovative breakthroughs that could be unlocked, if every idea had an equal opportunity, not just the ones that come from expected people and places,” said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. “We are thrilled to have Merchant explain why and how leading innovators can provide solutions irrespective of hierarchy, credentials, or even have a seat at the table.”

In her 20-year career, Merchant has gone from being an administrator to becoming a CEO and board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. Merchant has given guidance to industry giants, like IBM and Logitech, and she has launched more than 100 products for companies ranging from Apple to Autodesk that has netted $18 billion in sales. Her Ted Talk called, “Got A Meeting? Take A Walk” has more than 2 million views. CNBC called Nilofer a visionary. Thinkers 50 short listed her in 2013 as a “Future Thinker” one should pay attention to, and she was named the #1 person most likely to influence the future of management.

Here’s more information on the featured keynotes and education sessions. Early bird registration deadline is July 12.

NOTE: Members of the press receive complimentary registration to attend the event. Please contact 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

Business Events Canada

Choose Chicago

Experience Columbus

Reno Tahoe USA

Visit San Jose

YourMembership

Corporate Partners 
Visit Baltimore

DelCor Technology Solutions

Visit Dallas

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Fort Worth CVB

GEICO

Louisville CVB

Mexico Tourism Board

Naylor Association Solutions

Visit Omaha

Visit Orlando

Visit Salt Lake

Event Partners 
BrightKey
The Broadmoor
CliftonLarsonAllen
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 30,000 association executives and industry partners representing more than 7,400 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 www.asaecenter.org

Going Dark for Mother Nature

The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s (the Centre) General Manager, Alan Pryor (centre holding a placard) and the Centre’s Director of Facilities, Chen Soo Yoong (centre holding a placard) with close to 420 team members and their families during the venue’s seventh Earth Hour gathering. The Centre joined millions of people and organisations worldwide in “going dark” on 25 March from 8:30pm to 9:30pm, in support of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour.

During the event, the venue not only turned off all non-essential lights but held a variety of interactive activities to further educate team members and their families on nature, the environment and the Earth Hour initiative. Pre-event, the Centre also created a ‘green quiz’ which was circulated among team members with the top four submissions winning a prize.

Speaking at the gathering, Pryor explained the Centre’s participation in the annual Earth Hour is an on-going initiative as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme. “As Malaysia’s premier convention facility and Asia’s only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centres) Gold Standard venue, we are a visible member of the business events community. We hope that our effort to raise awareness of environmental issues will inspire others, especially the younger generation, to take action beyond the 60-minute event.”

Pryor continued that the Centre was also pleased to join more than 68 AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centres in 36 cities, seven countries and four continents to celebrate their commitment to the environment under the AEG 1EARTH programme’s mission to reduce the organisation’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability.

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