American Wholesale Marketers Association board approved changing the association’s name to Convenience Distribution Association. The name change will be phased in over the next few months. CEO Scott Ramminger said, "While the AWMA name has served us well, it has presented some challenges. Every time we go to Capitol Hill we have to explain who it is we represent. Convenience Distribution Association is pretty clear." The board also endorsed a wide ranging program of enhancements that include an increased emphasis on government affairs, including the launch of a sophisticated on-line State Advocacy Center. New hires include Steve Shing, formerly with GSC Enterprises, as member engagement VP; and David Dresser, formerly of Core-Mark International, as program development VP.
The nonprofit Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center joined Microsoft in a civil lawsuit targeting a group behind the "Ramnit botnet," a global web of interconnected computers used to steal cash and personal information. The suit alleges several "John Does" have used Ramnit "to steal million of dollars" by tapping the computers of individuals and the financial institutions they use for money transactions. FSISAC represents more than 5,000 commercial banks, credit unions, brokerage firms, insurance companies and payment processors.
International Ripple Business Association recently relaunched. The IRBA is a n501(c)(3) organization that focuses on promoting business activity that is built into the Ripple protocol. IRBA provides guidance to businesses based on the principals used by the American Bankers Association and the Asian Bankers Association.
An alliance of New Jersey business associations filed a lawsuit in state court against the city of Trenton. The associations contend a new city law is unconstitutional. The law requires city business owners to provide workers with paid sick leave is unconstitutional. The alliance includes New Jersey Business and Industry Association, New Jersey State Chamber, New Jersey Food Council, New Jersey Restaurant Association, New Jersey Retail Merchants Association and the National Federation of Independent Businesses.
Michigan craft hard cider producers have created a (c )6 that aims to improve the supply of raw materials and drive awareness of the beverage among consumers. The new Michigan Cider Association spawned from the Great Lakes Cider and Perry Association, which includes members from Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ontario. Michigan currently ranks third in the U.S. with 9.3 percent of the country’s cider producers.
PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) has changed its name to National Association of Landscape Professionals. The name change was announced onthe Great Escape Executive Conference, Feb. 26 in the Bahamas. Implementation will begin in April.
The former executive director of the Downtown San Mateo (Calif.) Association was convicted of stealing about $5,000 from the nonprofit business group, according to media reports. Jessica Evans pleaded no contest last week to one count of felony embezzlement, a charge that may be reduced to a misdemeanor if she pays full restitution and adheres to her probation. The plea is conditional on her spending no more than 30 days in jail, the agreement states. Evans, who headed the nonprofit from 2012 to 2014, used funds from the nonprofit to pay for personal expenses, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said. The crimes were discovered when Evans submitted a fraudulent salary survey during her annual review in June, prompting a probe of the company's finances, Wagstaffe said. She left DSMA in July. A successor has not yet been hired.
President Obama will address the National League of Cities’ annual Congressional City Conference, March 9 in Washington.
Associations reacted to the U.S. Senate’s passage of a joint resolution to block the National Labor Relations Board from implementing the ambush rule, which is scheduled to take effect April 14. The rule reduces the amount of time between when a union files a representation petition and when an election takes place to as few as 14 calendar days. The rule also shortens the amount of time an employer can provide a list of eligible voters and adds to the amount of personal contact information that must be disclosed to unions. Associated Builders and Contractors called the Senate’s action “a win for workplace and privacy rights.” National Restaurant Association said, “Small businesses nationwide will have a difficult time responding and educating their employees during union election campaigns.”
Global Business Travel Association COO Michael W. McCormick said the association “is relieved” that Congress has funded the U.S. Department of Homeland Security through the end of the year, but “Congress must stop moving from crisis-to-crisis, and instead provide the travel community and travel programs the certainty that they need. Narrowly averting a crisis such as a DHS shut down sends the wrong signal to businesses.”
International Association of Professional Congress Organizers chose Dubai for its 2017 annual meeting. The event attracts 100 conference organizers from 40 countries.
Several associations have released a statement condemning the destruction of a gate of Nineveh and other works of ancient art in the Mosul Museum in Iraq. The associations include Association of Art Museum Directors, Archaeological Institute of America, Society for American Archaeology, American Schools of Oriental Research and the American Anthropological Association. The statement reads, in part, “Pillaging of archaeological sites and cultural repositories to destroy irreplaceable cultural heritage and to disperse rare and important artifacts is reprehensible. This has caused irreparable damage to the heritage of the people of Iraq and humanity worldwide.” The associations urge members to help repair or find missing art.
The early bird deadline is March 13 to enter the 2015 SIPAwards of the Software & Information Industry Association. Changes this year include breaking down the most popular category, Best Interpretative or Analytical Reporting, into 5 topics: Financial/Investing, Healthcare/Nutrition/Fitness, Business/Marketing/Communications, Education, and Legal/Regulatory, creating 12 more winning opportunities. Also two new categories were added: Best New Success Story and Best B2C story. Details, click here.
ASAE will give its 2015 Sentinel Award to Reps. Kevin Brady, Dave Joyce and Peter Roskam at a ceremony on March 18 as part of ASAE’s annual Legislative Fly In. Details: click here.
National Council on Aging moved from L Street, N.W., in Washington to 251 18th St. South, Arlington, Va. The transaction is consistent with a major trend now occurring in the local office market: tenants are reducing costs by relocating to new office space 2-3 years before the expiration of their existing lease. In most cases, landlords are assuming the remaining lease obligation or providing offsetting free rent in order to secure a new tenant. West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors assisted in the 12-year lease.