Apr 02, 2012
The Professional Convention Management Association has unveiled the speaker lineup for its June Education Conference, and it features a cast of new thinkers, specifically selected to challenge participants with new approaches towardsstrategic leadership and innovation, according to PCMA officials. The PCMA Education Conference is a smaller, more intimate gathering of senior industry professionals - designed for idea generation, solution sharing and networking with peers and key industry decision makers. The conference, on tap June 10-13 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, in San… more
Apr 01, 2012
Just last year, the International Carwash Association was on tap to bring its show to Chicago’s McCormick Place from its home in Las Vegas in 2013. But, when a federal court ruling invalidated labor changes at the venue enacted by the state legislature, the association decided to opt out of bringing the show to Chicago. One year later though, after the labor reforms were approved, The Car Wash Show now is booked in the Windy City for March 31-April 2, 2014. “I am pleased that The Car Wash Show is coming to Chicago, and that it’s more than 6,000 attendees will have a… more
Mar 18, 2012
In support of The Power of A Week and American Associations Day, the American Society of Association Executive’s annual legislative fly-in, the organization released its “Associations Matter” study. The study indicated associations have a “profound, measurable economic and social impact on the nation,” according to ASAE officials. The “Associations Matter” study primarily relies on U.S. government statistics and tax-exempt returns (Form 990s) to measure the economic and social benefits derived from association activities. These statistics mainly focus on employment, wages, revenues and assets… more
Feb 27, 2012
This year has been a busy one so far for association staffing and executive-level changes, with several appointments being announced. National Association of Convenience Stores appointed Molly Hoyt its meetings coordinator. Prior to joining NACS, Hoyt worked at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, where she served as a meetings concierge and eventually assistant banquet manager, supervising all banquet functions at the hotel.   Destination Marketing Association International has named Cindy Kong, CMP, as its director of meetings effective Feb. 22.  Kong has more than 20 years of… more
Feb 27, 2012
The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International has decided to extend its MEET brand to all of its 2012 events and will kick the series off with HSMAI’s MEET Mid-America April 3-4 at Navy Pier in Chicago. The keynote speaker for the event also was announced - body language expert Janine Driver. HSMAI’s MEET Mid-America brings a new name and offerings to attendees: HSMAI’s TEEM UP: HSMAI's reverse trade show buyer appointment expo, which adds to the opportunities to learn about new meeting facilities and suppliers during the traditional HSMAI's MEET… more
Feb 27, 2012
Trade association Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute has scored more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space and 1,300 exhibitors and their event still is nine months away. The biannual event for the packaging industry also is expecting 46,000 attendees to the show when its doors open Oct. 28-31 at Chicago’s McCormick Place. “Reaching this milestone this far out from the show makes a statement about the role PACK EXPO plays in the realm of processing and packaging,” said Charles D. Yuska, president & CEO of show owner/producer PMMI. He added, “But… more
Feb 27, 2012
Rumors recently had been swirling about the fate of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association, but now the organization’s fate has been sealed with its board voting to transfer its members, intellectual assets and administrative management to the Exhibitor Appointed Contractor Association.  Pending final approval of this agreement by TSEA’s members, the organization will be dissolved and a newly named umbrella industry association will be formed under the leadership of EACA’s Executive Director Jim Wurm. "This is a tremendous opportunity for greater visibility and… more
Feb 14, 2012
With temperatures hovering near zero degrees and heavy snow blanketing the area, 70 exhibition industry CEO leaders braved the elements to attend the UFI CEO Forum Feb. 1-3 in Istanbul. UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry held the three-day event at the host venue IFM – Istanbul Expo Center. “This was my first UCF, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed it,” said Haluk Kanca, general manager of IFM. He added, “There were group dynamics at play that I have never seen at another industry meeting. The program was really educational and the… more
Feb 14, 2012
Three different associations – the Professional Convention Management Association, the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events – recently board and staffing changes. PCMA Board of Directors has elected Martin D. Balogh, director of meetings and travel for the American Bar Association, to fill the one-year Board seat vacancy for 2012. The seat was vacated by Chris Wehking, who began his term as secretary-treasurer of the PCMA board of directors Jan. 12.   A 30-year employee of the ABA, Balogh has… more
Feb 14, 2012
The International Association of Exhibitions and Eventswill launch the first-ever job analysis of the practice of exhibition management. The initial survey invitation has been sent to 10,640 individuals, according to IAEE officials. To take the survey, click HERE. The goal of the IAEE job analysis is to create the exhibitions and events industry's first definition of core competencies in the exhibition management field. The job analysis is a set of procedures designed to obtain descriptive information about the tasks performed within a specific profession and the essential knowledge… more