The boards of the Association of Marketing Service Providers, Alexandria, Va., and the National Association for Printing Leadership, East Rutherford, N.J., unanimously approved a resolution to investigate a consolidation of the two organizations. A joint task force and the chief staff executives of both associations will now conduct due diligence before presenting a recommendation. Details: napl.org.
Eight meat industry groups from the U.S. and Canada sued the U.S. Agriculture Department in U.S. District Court over the country-of-origin labeling rule finalized in May. The groups contend the rule violates the Constitution by compelling speech without a substantial government interest; goes beyond the intentions of the original mandate; and is arbitrary and places undue burden on the industry. The groups include American Meat Institute, American Association of Meat Processors, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Canadian Pork Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Pork Producers Council, North American Meat Association and Southwest Meat Association.
The board of the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity In Communications, New York, cleared CEO Nicol Turner-Lee of claims of improprieties made by an anonymous email four months ago, according to MultiChannel News. Board chairman Michael Armstrong said an independent auditing firm found no “impropriety on the part of the association or its president and chief executive officer.” NAMIC's board ordered the audit after an anonymous email was sent in March to cable trade publications and industry organizations questioning Turner-Lee's handling of NAMIC finances, among other claims, MultiChannel News reported.
National Shooting Sports Foundation, Newtown, Conn., filed a suit in federal court seeking to reverse a state gun-control law passed after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that resulted in the deaths of 26 first-graders and staff. The school and association are just three miles apart. NSSF contends Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) and Connecticut lawmakers of abusing their power to quickly push through legislation.
Ryan Bomberger, chief creative officer, the Radiance Foundation, Virginia Beach, Va., and the NAACP are suing each other, according to the Virginian-Pilot newspaper. NAACP wants Bomberger and the foundation to stop using the association's logo and the moniker "National Association for the 'Abortion' of Colored People." Bomberger, who writes on the foundation's site regarding NAACP's stance on abortion, wants the court to say he did nothing wrong and let him continue to operate as he has for the past two years. A trial is set for Dec. 10 in U.S. District Court.
Global Business Travel Association, Alexandria, Va., created the Energy, Resource & Marine Task Force structure to develop educational content, research and membership for travel professionals in this sector. GBTA is establishing two task forces, divided by global regions and time zones, to work independently and develop suggested remits, objectives, timescales and working methodologies within nine months of creation, with a view to creating a formal committee structure for the sector within GBTA. Details: gbta.org.
In an article appearing at www.MotherJones.com, Venable attorneys Matthew Journy and Jeff Tenenbaum, chair of the law firm's nonprofit organizations practice, assessed that 23 of 25 groups suing the Internal Revenue Service over improperly targeting them for additional scrutiny will be dismissed. Journy and Tenenbaum say the IRS section that they are suing under - which says a nonprofit can sue to force the IRS to give it tax-exempt status if the IRS does not act on or improperly delays its application - applies to groups seeking (c)3 status. All but two of the groups applied for (c)4 status, which is not covered by the statute. Journy and Tenenbaum note that 13 of the 25 groups already have received tax-exempt status.
Edward Joseph McMillan Jr., an expert on fraud investigation whose career focused on not-for-profit financial management, died July 1. He served as controller of Associated Builders and Contractors and American Correctional Association. He left management in 1993 when the U.S. Chamber named him faculty chairman for finance for its Institute for Organization Management program. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the U.S. Chamber's Excellence in Teaching Award. He wrote Model Policies and Procedures, Preventing Fraud in Nonprofit Organizations, and Budgeting and Financial Management. McMillan wrote four of the six books on the Certified Chamber Executive program’s recommended reading list. He was also a frequent columnist for ACCE’s Chamber Executive magazine. He spoke regularly on financial management for ACCE, ASAE, International Association of CVBs (now Destination Marketing Association International), American Bar Association and American Institute of CPAs. He was a frequent keynote speaker for chambers across the country.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events, Dallas, will host qualified exhibition organizers and co-produce education content at the China Incentive, Business Travel & Meetings Exhibition, Sept. 2-4 In Beijing. IAEE CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, said, "[W]e are very excited to work with CIBTM on this strategic initiative and increase awareness about IAEE in Asia. Our priority is to provide new, global opportunities for our members so they can maximize their potential for success." Details: www.iaee.com.
Philadelphia CVB launched PHL Welcomes U!, a free, online educational program for the city residents to become “Certified Hospitality Professionals.” The program consists of six video modules covering a wide range of useful topics, including active listening and communication skills, connecting with guests and neighbors, and embracing, managing and celebrating diversity. Details: www.PHLwelcomesU.com.
San Diego Convention Center selected AV technology company PSAV as its preferred onsite audio visual technology provider. The previous AV provider was AV Concepts. Details: www.visitsandiego.com.
Janet Zaldua, from marketing and communications director, Pasadena Center Operating Co., to executive director, Marina del Rey (Calif.) CVB, effective July 17. PCOC manages the Pasadena (Calif.) CVB, Pasadena Convention Center and Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Zaldua serves on the board of Travel and Tourism Marketing Association and is a member of Destination Marketing Association International, California Travel Association, and several other tourism-related organizations. Details: www.visitmarinadelrey.com.
Carol McGury, who has worked for 25 years for Chicago-based SmithBucklin, has become the association management company's Event and Education Services SVP. McGury will also continue to lead SmithBucklin's Education & Learning Services unit. Leslie Thornton, president of Courtesy Associates and responsible for the D.C. Event Services team, and David Weil, event services VP and responsible for tradeshow management and Chicago event operations, will report to McGury. Details: www.smithbucklin.com.
Ali Daniels, promoted from director to VP, marketing, Visit Seattle. Details: www.visitseattle.org.
Justin Wusinich, from group sales manager, Hyatt Regency in Miami, to corporate sales manager, Greater Miami CVB. Details: www.MiamiAndBeaches.com.