Scottsdale Plaza Resort Announces Completion of Renovation

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort announces conclusion of our three year property improvement plan.

2015 saw our Standard Rooms getting a makeover by replacing bathtubs with glassed walled showers,  new flooring throughout vanity and shower area by Heritage Interiors, expanding the closet area / vanity bathroom area with more square footage, new accent chairs for seating area and desk by Living Spaces. New framed vanity lighted mirrors by Electric Mirrors, granite on wet bars and vanities by Arizona Tile and the addition of in-room refrigerators completed the improvements.

In 2016 we conducted upgrades to the Suite Category of rooms which included- all new furniture, artwork and lighting in the living room areas, new in-room charging stations and many of the upgrades that were featured in the standard rooms—like mounted wall televisions, new plumbing fixtures and granite on the wet bars and vanities.

Summer of 2017 we embarked on upgrading all of our common areas-Ball Rooms, Front Desk, Lobby, Meeting Spaces and Rest Rooms. This includes all new furniture, lighting, flooring and wall covering.

We also renamed our Gift Shop- The Market and serve grab n go food and drink, assorted coffees and offer specialty food products from the region as well as offer crafts and gifts from local artists for sale.

We unveiled our new public spaces at an Open House on November 2nd for meeting and events professionals with guided property tours, cocktails and culinary demonstrations and drawings for Room stays.

About Scottsdale Plaza Resort

Situated on 40 lush acres of magnificently landscaped grounds and with over 40,000 square feet of flexible and functional meeting space, the Scottsdale Plaza Resort offers the perfect retreat for business travelers, conventions and special events. With five pools, a full-service spa, on-site tennis courts and championship golf just steps away, the Scottsdale Plaza Resort is the perfect getaway for the family or business group.

For more information visit www.scottsdaleplaza.com.

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort

A Landmark of Excellence

7200 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

480-948-5000 or 800-832-2025

PCMA Education Foundation Announces the 2018 Visionary Awards Professional Excellence Finalists

NASHVILLE, TN, 10th January 2018; Fifteen individuals will be honored as Professional Excellence Award Finalists at the 2018 Visionary Awards on May 2nd, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis, Washington DC. These awards annually celebrate exceptional individual contributions to the business events industry. The award winners will be announced live during the Awards Show. Registration will open this month to get a ticket for the Visionary Awards – the industry’s premier recognition event.

 

Meeting Professional of the Year Finalists

 

Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, President, Association for Women in Events

Carrie, described as passionate, connected, ethical and knowledgeable, has been a meeting professional for almost 15 years. She is the co-founder and current president of the Association for Women in Events, an organization dedicated to showcasing the professional advancement of women in all aspects of the events industry. Through monthly webinars and personal presentations at events, Carrie consistently helps event professionals to connect and share knowledge with each other. She is dedicated to shaking up the industry to ensure women are treated equally alongside their male colleagues.

 

Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, Chief Program Officer, Endocrine Society

Wanda has contributed a huge amount to both the meeting management and healthcare industries, over a 25-year career. To her peers, she’s an inspiring leader they regularly ask for insights, collaboration and capabilities. She’s also considered to be level-headed and strategic in her thinking. Through her continual involvement with PCMA, she has utilized her platform to better the industry; bringing her personality and influence.

 

Stephanie D. Jones, CAE, CMP, Senior Director, Conferences and Events Management, Water Environment Federation

Stephanie is known for her helpful insights and tips on how to best handle a situation; she has been called a ‘beacon of light’ in the events industry by her peers. She freely shares her knowledge and experience, and is recognized by her team as someone who imparts excellent advice, though Stephanie finds it so natural to share, she’s unaware she’s doing it.

 

 

Supplier of the Year Finalists

 

Mary Beth Baluta, Regional Director of Sales – Washington DC, Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau

Mary is known for her vigorous efforts in liaising with potential clients, convention bureaus and suppliers. She has an infectious positive nature and is a great listener, taking in every detail before offering an idea or possible solution. Mary also shows her dedication to her local PCMA chapter through her volunteer efforts and desire to do whatever is asked of her.

 

 

Chris FJ Lynn, Vice President, North America & Emerging Markets –  Business Tourism, London & Partners

Chris is incredibly knowledgeable in the hospitality market and goes the extra mile to ensure that his customers have a great experience. He dedicates time getting to know his customers wants and needs before presenting a bespoke creative solution. Chris also devotes his energy to help elevate PCMA’s New York Area chapter. Despite being its past president, he consistently provides support for the chapter, most recently sponsoring 40 meeting professionals for an event.

 

April Williams, VP – Business Development, Freeman

April has more than 20 years’ industry experience in sales strategy and technology and regularly demonstrates her professional excellence and exceeds client expectations. She recently helped transform the Endocrine Society event branding from being city-specific, to more value-orientated; aligned with the organization’s mission and vision. She also actively advises her clients to share insights on trends shaping the future, including technology with a purpose, data analytics, personalization and brand experience.

 

Community Advocate of the Year Award Finalists

 

Jeff Chase, Vice President of Sustainability, Freeman

Jeff has more than 30 years’ experience in the events and exhibition industry. In 2017, he worked closely with the Consumer Technology Association to advance the organization’s sustainability goals for its annual CES event. Jeff developed and implemented a waste management program to encourage the event’s 3,600 exhibitors to contribute unused supplies, such as tote bags, pens and notepads, as well as reusable building material from the stands, such as furniture and flooring. The Exhibitor Program diverted 19 trailer loads of materials from landfill and donated them to local non-profit organizations, including Teacher Exchange, Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity and Opportunity Village.

 

Rachael Riggs, CMP, Manager, Meetings and Conventions Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver

Rachael has made incredible fundraising achievements throughout 2017. She single-handedly organized a charity drive for victims of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, within one week of these destructive events. She gained approval from the tourism board to match the funds that were raised, wrote a press release and issued it, all in one day. Earlier in the year, Rachael organized a charitable component at Global Meetings Industry day, which involved attendees from industry organizations packing 750 ‘clean-the-world’ kits and donating them to several Chicago charities.

 

Ken Sien, CMP, Director, Strategic Accounts, Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Ken helped oversee the Maritz Global Events Human Trafficking Committee, building awareness of its course within Maritz and within the entire global events industry. He was involved in creating a town hall meeting where he introduced the company and key representatives to the app TraffickCam, which seeks to combat sex trafficking. Ken also works to identify deserving organizations in each city that hosts a company event, leading fundraising activities for each.

 

 

Event Designer of the Year Finalists

Supported by Maritz Global Events

 

Phelps R. Hope, CMP, Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions, Kellen

Phelps has impressive experience as an event designer, and has helped implement fresh ideas and experiential opportunities to meetings.  Most recently, in October 2017, he redesigned the Girl Scouts Convention in Columbus, Ohio, which resulted in a shorter, more focused, event and a 50 percent increase in registrations.

 

Laura Metcalf Jelinek, CAE, Associate Vice President – Meetings and Travel, American Osteopathic Association

Laura is known for her creative and innovative approach to events. She recently created an event, which brought together members of the osteopathic industry. Laura used a mixture of music with arts and culture, to create an experiential environment for attendees.  It was described as totally unforgettable.

 

Lisa VanRosendale, TEDster, Senior Vice President, New Business Development, FreemanXP

Lisa has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, and was most recently named in M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry. Lisa, who is known for her innovative and immersive approach, is also a former TED speaker. Last year, she was responsible for leading a team that successfully organized each aspect of the Siebel Scholars 2017 Conference and in a post-event survey of attendees, 100 percent said they would attend another Siebel conference.

 

Digital Event Strategist of the Year Finalists

Supported by Meetings + Conventions Calgary

 

Nicole Armstrong, Vice President, Worldwide Events, MicroStrategy

Nicole is a champion for digital events, which she has demonstrated in her previous job roles as Sr Events Manager and Director of Stakeholder Relations at InternetSociety. This included overseeing the introduction and expansion of a series of digital event experiences for the company. Nicole will continue to utilize these skills in her new position at MicroStrategy.

 

Todd Helton, MBA, Senior Director, Meetings, Conferences & Online Learning Events, Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA)
Todd was one of the pioneering Meeting Professionals who saw the vision and value of Hybrid Live Events, launching the first AICPA Live Streaming Event in 2009. Over the past eight years he has grown the online program exponentially and has devoted a significant amount of time to providing thought leadership in this field. He gives speeches at leading meetings and takes part in industry panels and interviews.

 

Patrick McCrea, Senior Manager, Digital Events, HIMSS Media

Pat helps provide educational content and thought leadership programs to IT Healthcare Directors, Executives, Managers, and VPs. Through his work, HIMSS remains the leader in the IT Healthcare education space. He has created a solution that has ungated and gated content, a mix of content (editorial vs. sponsorship), and has collecting actionable data to help drive organic growth among subscribers. The solution is working, and makes the ROI valuable for participating sponsors.

 

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About PCMA Education Foundation

The role of the Education Foundation of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the meetings and conventions industry. Established in 1985, the Foundation fuels advancement, nurtures professional development and shapes tomorrow’s meeting and convention leaders. Learn more at foundation.pcma.org .

 

Please contact Davies Tanner for all PCMA Media Relations and press releases at pcma@daviestanner.com or +44 1892 619100.

 

MEMPHIS CONVENTION CENTER TO UNDERGO $175 MILLION EXPANSION & RENOVATION

Transformation of Facility to Be Complete in Q4 2019

MEMPHIS – The City of Memphis has officially filed a construction permit for a ground up transformation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center that will kick-off in Q1 2018, and wrap up construction in Q4 2019. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announced plans for the project, pending City Council approval, to coincide with the city’s bicentennial year as part of the Bicentennial Gateway.

Located in downtown Memphis, every square inch of the convention center will be touched by this project, bringing hotel quality finishes and modern amenities desired by meeting planners and delegates. LRK of Memphis and tvsdesign have collaborated to develop a design plan that utilizes and enhances the existing facility. Their collective vision will expand the footprint of the building with outdoor terraces and glass enclosed concourses, prefunction and meetings spaces that embrace the river and skyline views, while adding valuable square footage that includes additional breakout meeting rooms. The project will allow the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau to pursue new meeting and convention opportunities, while also allowing shows taking place in the facility on an annual basis to grow with the expansion and renovation.

“This demonstrates our commitment and desire to be competitive in the meetings and conventions market,” said Kevin Kane, President & CEO of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau. “As the destination marketing organization for Memphis and manager of the facility, this has long been a goal of the Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau and Memphis Management Group. So much more than an expansion and renovation, this transformation of our facility will aid us in sustaining and growing the tourism and hospitality industry’s impressive annual economic impact.”

“Our administration is reinvesting in the core of our city like we haven’t seen in many years,” said Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis. “This is more than simply a renovation – this project will enhance the interior and exterior of the convention center in exciting new ways that take advantage of its location overlooking the Mississippi River.”

To accomplish this vital project that will incorporate public art, add digital wayfidning, create a sense of arrival within the parking structure, and include four additional bays for Main Exhibit Hall load in and load out, the City of Memphis has budgeted $175 million dollars in funds generated by the city’s hotel lodging tax and Downtown Tourism Development Zone. To get an idea of the size and scope of this game changing expansion and renovation, explore a gallery of images by visiting: memphistravel.com/conventioncenter.

FACILITY FAST FACTS
– The Memphis Cook Convention Center’s column free Main Exhibit Hall, with more than 125,000 square feet, will feature retractable ceiling lights, upgraded wall finishes and a newly
constructed exterior pre-function concourse overlooking the Mississippi River.
– The expansion will bring the total number of highly flexible breakout rooms to 52, a secondary
flex space will easily convert to a 40,000 sq. foot ballroom, in addition to an existing 28,000 sq.
foot ballroom.
– A new, spacious and modern grand entrance on the east side of the building, conveniently
located across from the Sheraton Hotel and a Main Street Trolley transit station that connects to several downtown hotels, is planned as part of the renovation and upgrades.
– A new sky bridge across Main Street will conveniently connect the 600 room Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel to the convention center.
– The impressive 2,100 seat Cannon Center for the Performing Arts connected to the convention
center will also see cosmetic and back of house upgrades as part of the renovation project.
– The expansion will also include a redesign of the loading docks for a total of five permanent
docks that will accommodate five 18-wheelers to load in and load out for shows.
– Underground parking entrances to the building will be greatly enhanced to provide a real sense of arrival with a total of 900 spaces in the parking deck available to convention delegates and exhibitors.

The Memphis Meeting Planners Advisory Board, led by Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Chairman Lani Glancy, played a pivotal role in identifying the necessary improvements that are critical to the future and success of the facility. Equally important in making all of this a reality is the leadership of Wayne Tabor and the Board of Commissioners of the Memphis Cook Convention Center, together they have helped define a bright new future for this important facility.

Through careful planning, the convention center and Cannon Center will both remain open and continue to host events throughout the construction project.

The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau and Memphis Management Group, operator of the
Memphis Cook Convention Center, support the local economy and the community’s positive image through tourism and convention development, major events and destination marketing. The hospitality and tourism industry in Memphis currently supports over 35,000 tourism-related jobs that produce $623 million in annual payroll. In 2016, 10.5 million people visited Memphis, generating over $3 billion in expenditures and the collection of $158 million in state and local sales taxes from visitors.

Visit memphistravel.com to learn more about Memphis as a vacation or meetings & conventions destination. For media inquiries, contact Kevin Kern, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, at kevinkern@memphistravel.com / 901.543.5320 – or Catherine (Kitty) Taylor, RedRover Sales & Marketing Strategy, at catherine@redrovercompany.com / 901.266.2662. High-res renderings available upon request, or request access to download a gallery of renderings via the MCVB Digital Asset Library.
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ABOUT THE MEMPHIS CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU
Founded in 1925, the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, a 501(c)(6) membership organization, serves as the official destination marketing
and tourism organization for Memphis and Shelby County. Based in downtown Memphis, the MCVB also has representation in Washington,
D.C., Australia, Germany, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. The MCVB sales staff covers the convention, sports and tourism sales market
segments and is supported by a marketing department that includes advertising, digital marketing, research, public relations and membership.
Each year thousands visit two MCVB owned and operated welcome centers in Whitehaven and Arlington, along with a third downtown center
that is operated in partnership with the state of Tennessee. The MCVB’s commitment to workforce and economic development efforts are
managed through its 501(c)(3) affiliate, Welcome to Memphis, which works to ensure tourism and hospitality professionals are equipped with
customer service skills and destination knowledge to create a positive visitor experience. The Memphis Sports Council operates within the
MCVB and works to bring a variety of large and small sporting events to Memphis and Shelby County each year, in addition to supporting
annual in-market sporting events. Memphis Management Group (MMG), a subsidiary of the MCVB, operates both the Memphis Cook
Convention Center and The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts. For more information about the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau,
visit www.memphistravel.com.

ASAE Foundation Announces Five Innovation Grants Program Award Recipients

WASHINGTON—ASAE Foundation names the five awardees for the Innovation Grants Program (IGP). Each grant recipient will receive $10,000, and they will be recognized during ASAE’s 2018 Great Ideas Conference, March 11–13, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, CO. These grants are funded by support from the SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, and GEICO.

The five awardees are:

American College of Rheumatology

“Uniting Collaborators for Innovation”

Atlanta, GA

Association of College and University Housing Officers – International

“Centralized Digital Signage Management”

Columbus, OH

BBB Wise Giving Alliance

“Advancing Collaboration”

Arlington, VA

International Association of Fairs and Expositions

“Technology in the Barn: Augmented Reality Usage at Fairs and Expositions”

Springfield, MO

National Association of School Nurses

“Building Leaders and Developing a Guiding Framework for 21st Century NASN Affiliate Infrastructure”

Silver Spring, MD

“We continue to see a diversity of programs being submitted for IGP, which highlights how associations are being innovative to enhance their members’ experiences. The committee had a tough time selecting the five winners this year,” said Paul K. Farrell, Au. D., CCC-A, 2017 chair of the IGP steering committee and Associate Director, Audiology Professional Practices at American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. “Congratulations to the winning associations!”

During the past six years, the ASAE Foundation has awarded a total of 25 IGP grants and has received close to 300 applications from organizations of varied types, sizes, locations, and industries over the past five years. These numbers underscore the value of innovation and processes of innovating have in the association community.

“The IGP awards have given our members the opportunity to explore new ways to provide programs and services, so they can meet the needs of their members and advance their mission. I’m impressed with all the submissions. We appreciate the continued support from SunTrust Foundation, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston L.L.P, and GEICO. Congratulations to this year’s winners,” said ASAE EVP, President, ASAE Foundation Susan Robertson, CAE. “

For more information about the program, visit the IGP website.

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

About ASAE and the ASAE Foundation

ASAE is a membership organization of 39,000 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 http://www.asaefoundation.org/.

Stella Award-Winners Showcase: Best Airline

Northstar Meetings Group is proud to present the winners of our inaugural Stella Awards, which recognize organizations worldwide that deliver the greatest possible service to meetings and events professionals. The awards celebrate critical aspects of the event experience across 18 different categories among six regions, including food and beverage, professionalism of staff, technology innovations, green initiatives and more.

BEST AIRLINE

Delta Air Lines (Winner)

Not all airlines are created equal — particularly when it comes to handling complicated group itineraries that span the globe. Ease of booking, in-flight amenities, quality of staff and a dedication to the meetings market have led to Delta being named Best Airline. The carrier’s group program, Delta Edge Meetings, provides access to a simple booking process, flexible pricing and valuable benefits like Priority Boarding for meeting attendees, plus the option to receive detailed reporting and back-end incentive payments.

Maui Paddle for a Cure Returns to Hyatt Regency Maui

Maui Jim Joined as Title Sponsor and New Partnership with Pacific Cancer Foundation

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is pleased to announce that Maui Jim has returned as title sponsor for the fourth annual Maui Paddle for a Cure, which took place on October 8, 2017. Maui Paddle for a Cure is a fun, non-competitive event that takes stand up, kayak and canoe paddlers along the beautiful shoreline of Ka’anapali Beach to celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for Susan G. Komen Hawaii. For the first year, Hyatt Regency Maui is partnering with Paddle for Life to raise even more funds for Susan G. Komen Hawaii, whose mission is to support and promote culturally sensitive breast cancer education, awareness, and prevention and treatment programs in the Hawaiian Islands.

“Each year we are honored and excited to support Susan G. Komen by hosting Maui Paddle for a Cure,” said Fred Findlen, General Manager at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa. “We continue to be inspired by the people who join together for the paddle and we hope to encourage and educate our guests and Maui residents to participate in this fun event that benefits the broader Hawaii community. Last year we exceeded our fundraising goal and raised over $45,000 for Susan G. Komen and we hope to raise even more funds this year.”

Presented in partnership with The Butterfly Effect, and presenting sponsor, Maui Jim, this year’s Maui Paddle for a Cure took place starting at Hanakao’o Beach Park (Canoe Beach), Resort guests and the members of the Maui community 18 years and older were invited to an open paddle along Ka’anapali Beach by stand up paddle board, kayak or canoe, all to benefit this important cause.

The celebration continued at an exclusive after party and silent auction at Sunset Terrace at the
Hyatt Regency Maui and featured food and drink specials, and a performance by Hawaii-based
singer and musician, Anuhea.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, 100% of donations and registration fees
supported Susan G. Komen Hawaii in their efforts for breast cancer awareness, education,
prevention, and treatment programs for women and men in the Hawaiian Islands. The top fundraising individual won a two-night stay in the Hyatt Regency Maui Presidential Suite (valued at $3,000 per night), while the top fundraising team won $500 to Japengo.

To increase the awareness, funds raised and community involvement, Hyatt Regency Maui also partnered with Pacific Cancer Foundation to create a weekend of back-to-back events
supporting the fight against cancer. Participants in the Paddle for Life “Voyage to Lana’i” were
invited to attend the Maui Paddle for a Cure After Party upon their return to Maui.
“You can’t face cancer alone,” said Nancy La Joy, Executive Director of the Pacific Cancer
Foundation. “It takes an ‘ohana, and that is what this community is and why we have decided to
partner together with Hyatt Regency Maui and their Maui Paddle for a Cure event.”
A portion of proceeds from the following items sold at Hyatt Regency Maui in the month of
October were also be donated to Susan G. Komen Hawaii.

 Japengo – The resort’s award-winning restaurant offered a Pink Sushi Roll.
 Kamaha’o, a Marilyn Monroe Spa – Maui’s only oceanfront spa pamperied guests
with pink manicures and pink promise bracelets.
 Son’z Steakhouse – Proceeds from the Black and Blue Ahi Appetizer went toward
Susan G. Komen Hawaii.
 Pool Desk – The Pool Desk sold Maui Paddle for a Cure merchandise and
select pink items.

For more information regarding Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, please contact the resort by phone at 808.661.1234, or visit the resort website: www.maui.regency.hyatt.com.

About Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa – Authentic Hawaiian Hospitality Surrounded by
Tropical Paradise
Ideally situated on 40 tropically landscaped oceanfront acres along a three-mile stretch of the famed Ka’anapali Beach, voted “Number One Beach in the U.S.” by TripAdvisor, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers an authentic Hawaiian experience in a setting of tropical paradise on the “Best Island in the World” as voted by readers of TripAdvisor. Each of the 806 guestrooms, including 31 suites, provides a setting of Hawaiian elegance with plantation-style furnishings, a private lanai with panoramic views, and complimentary Wi-Fi access featured in all guestrooms. In 2016, the resort was honored with t-he Best Hotel Award from Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc. Located at the resort, Japengo received a Restaurant of the Year Award at the 2016 Aipono Maui Restaurant Awards. The resort recently underwent a multi-million
renovation and was awarded LEED-EBOM Silver Level certification, positioning it at the forefront of sustainability in Hawaiian hospitality. In 2017, the resort also was awarded an AAA Four Diamond Award for the 22nd consecutive year. Boasting endless amenities including Maui’s only oceanfront, 15,000 square-foot luxury spa and fitness center, an elaborate water playground with tropical streams and waterfalls, championship golf, tennis courts, SCUBA and water sports, restaurants and lounges, shopping, and over 100,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space, as well as expert-led stargazing, an award-winning luau, and wildlife tours, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa offers everything necessary to create the quintessential Maui getaway.

About Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency offers a full range of services and facilities tailored to serve the needs of meeting planners, business travelers and leisure guests. Properties range in size from 180 to over 2,000 rooms and are
conveniently located in urban, suburban, airport, convention and resort destinations around the world.
Hyatt Regency convention hotels feature spacious meeting and conference facilities designed to provide a
productive environment allowing guests to convene and connect. Hyatt Regency hotels in resort locations
cater to couples seeking a getaway, families enjoying a vacation together and corporate groups seeking a
functional and relaxed atmosphere in which to conduct business and meetings.

About the Butterfly Effect
The Butterfly Effect is a worldwide movement hinged on empowering and inspiring athletic women
everywhere, to grow together as a community and to use their collective drive to give back to local
charities, all while encouraging a healthy lifestyle, a vibrant community, and active local involvement.
The Butterfly Effect began on Maui, in 2007, and has since held 30 events in 17 countries with thousands
of participants. Produced by Maui local and professional waterwoman, Tatiana Howard, the event hosts
thousands of women on stand up paddleboards of all ages and abilities. The Butterfly Effect is nominated
for the Top Philanthropic Effort in the 2014 SUP Awards. For more information, visit
www.betheeffect.com.

About Maui Jim
Maui Jim has been voted favorite sunglasses company and best sunglasses by optical retailers and many
of the top health, fitness and outdoor sports media around the world. The company’s patented
PolarizedPlus2® lens technology cuts 99.9 percent of glare and eliminates 100 percent of all UV rays on
both sides of each lens to reduce eye strain. Maui Jim uses three rare earth elements and other treatments
to white-balance their lenses, so colors remain pure, rich and vibrant. All Maui Jim sunglasses have been
awarded the Seal of Recommendation from The Skin Cancer Foundation, recognition that the lenses
provide safe and effective sun protection and are an important part of an effective defense program
against skin cancers of the eye and eyelids. The company offers more than 125 different styles of
sunglasses with specific features and benefits for a wide range of outdoor activities. They manufacture
five different lens materials with superior edge-to-edge clarity. They also offer four different lens colors
that enhance the details you can see in different light conditions, so that your view is like you’ve never
seen. For more information, visit MauiJim.com.

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.