More than 1,200 Attendees Take Part in ASAE's Technology Conference & Expo

December 16, 2013

The American Society of Association Executives held its 2013 CEO/CIO Pre-Conference Program and Technology Conference & Expo Dec. 3-5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center drawing 1,233 total participants, the second highest attended conference in its eight-year history.

Participants took part in more than 40 high-level education sessions within five pathways, a sold-out trade show floor and the Technology Town Hall Meeting.

“This year, we tried a new learning format for attendees that focused on five major trends and strategies impacting associations and the technology sector,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE.

He added, “The new format really resonated with our audience because it gave them the opportunity to delve into a smaller number of topics, engage in thoughtful discussions, and take back strategies and tactics they can implement into their organizations.” 

Here’s the final attendance breakdown of this year’s conference: Execs (Assn Execs, Consultants, CEO/CIO Pre-Conference Program) 675, Exhibitors (Exhibiting Booth Staff, Artisans) 404, and Other (Industry Partners, Press, Speakers, Staff, and Vendors) 154. The ratio of buyers and sellers at this year's meeting was 63 percent buyers (association staff) to 37 percent sellers (industry partners), which is a strong ratio.

Also part of the event and held on Dec. 3, more than 100 CEOs’ and CIOs’ participated in the CEO/CIO Pre-Conference Program called, “Technology Perspectives for the Association C-Suite.”

Dan Israel, head of the government marketing team for Google Enterprise; Marty Rodgers, managing director of human services program at Accenture; and Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association, shared future trends in technology and how it will impact associations.

Each speaker emphasized the importance of trying new things and not being afraid to fail. 

During the two-day Technology Conference & Expo seven thought leaders kicked-off the five new learning pathways including: 

  • CEO Pathway:John Mancini, president and CEO, Association for Information and Image Management International
  • CIO Pathway:Dion Hinchcliffe, chief strategy officer, Dachis Group
  • Content Pathway:Kristina Halverson, owner, Brain Traffic and Karen McGrane, founder, Bond Art & Science
  • Mobile Pathway:Herbert Lindo, director of mobility applications consulting, AT&T Mobility
  • Technology Pathway:David Coriale, MBA, president, DelCor Technology Solutions

 Each pathway focused on how to manage current trends and understand the different tools, strategies and roles required to serve the business needs of associations.

The 2014 Technology Conference & Expo will take place Dec. 16-17 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

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