The Arizona Technology Council, Arizona Business Incubation Association and Startup Mexico signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the economic diversity of their respective regions by sharing best practices with one another, ensuring that innovators and technology entrepreneurs across Arizona and Mexico enjoy the best possible support. Each organization will work to facilitate contact between startups and angel investors and other financing opportunities across their markets.
David Michael McLean, a former partner in the Anaconda, Mont., law firm of McLean & McLean PLLP, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of wire fraud and aggravated identity theft involving an association, among other victims. McLean stole more than $460,000 from his clients and $62,325 from the Montana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates between 2009 and 2014, according to court documents. McLean wrote checks to himself or his law firm, signing his name as secretary/treasurer of the Montana Chapter of ABOTA and forging the signature of another ABOTA officer.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Association of Science-Technology Centers that will provide more than 500 member museums and science-technology centers with resources to incorporate agricultural science and research in their programs. Under the agreement, USDA will provide ASTC with resources for programs, exhibits, and other education and outreach activities based on the department's work at its network of Research Centers, Land-Grant Universities, Tribal Colleges, Forest Service, National Arboretum and other programs.
A survey by the Association of Destination Management Companies International found that almost 60 percent of member DMCs report a stronger 3Q15 compared to 3Q14; 77 percent report their 3Q 2015 was as good as or better than their 3Q 2014. This continues the trend of increasing business member DMCs are experiencing around the world. Eighty-nine percent project that 4Q15 will be as good as or better than 4Q14.
The HR Certification Institute and Top Employers Institute in the Netherlands entered into a strategic global partnership to raise the level of excellence of the worldwide human resource management profession. TEI will help HRCI expand its certificate programs globally, while HRCI will help TEI expand in the U.S. market. HRCI offers three credentials for HR professionals who practice worldwide: the Global Professional in Human Resources, the Human Resource Management Professional and the Human Resource Business Professional. For HR professionals practicing in the U.S., HRCI offers the Professional in Human Resources and the Senior Professional in Human Resources as well as a California-specific credential.
Center for Exhibition Industry Research released the report Managing Results: Benchmarks for Exhibit Growth. This document offers exhibitors a primer on exhibit goal setting that aligns with an organization's strategic goals and defining metrics that track event performance against these goals. Thr report lists 99 reasons why organizations choose to exhibit, and steps to follow: Importance of Defining Objectives; Quantifying Your Objectives; Define Metrics to Assess Outcome of Exhibiting to Stated Objectives; Be Realistic About Your Objectives; and Establish Benchmarks.
ICUEE 2015, the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, set a show record with more than 18,000 registered attendees, and surpassing the last show by 13 percent. The 2015 show set records for exhibit space and number of exhibitors. More than 950 exhibitors, including more than 250 companies new to the show, took more than 1.2 million net sq. ft. of exhibit space.
International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization selected Drohan Management Group for full-service management, effective Dec. 1. ICPHSO is a global organization of consumer product health and safety professionals.
National Grocers Association held its fourth annual National Best Bagger Congressional Showdown, held in conjunction with the American Frozen Food Institute's Frozen Filibuster on Sept. 30 at the Library of Congress in Washington. NGA's 2015 Best Bagger National Champion, David Tochinskiy of Rosauers Supermarkets in Spokane, Wash., competed against Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. David defended his title with a bagging completion time of 38 seconds. McMorris Rodgers finished at a respectable 40 seconds.
Nolo and National Corporate Research created the Nonprofit Fundraising Registration: Nolo’s 50-State Digital Guide, co-authored by NCR’s Ronald J. Barrett and Nolo’s Stephen Fishman, J.D. The digital subscription product provides information nonprofits need to handle initial and renewal fundraising registration without having to hire a professional firm. The Digital Guide is available here. https://www.nolo.com/products/nonprofit-fundraising-registration-subscription-enreg.html It will be updated quarterly with new links, changed forms, and the latest information on registration rules and requirements.
Ogilvy Public Relations launched Association Works, a specialty service for trade and professional membership associations. The group, operating across Ogilvy Public Relations' North American network, will focus on member communications, issues and crisis management, association branding and category marketing. Details: associationworks.ogilvy.com.
The first section of renovated meeting space at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center has been completed and already was host to events for the Minor League Baseball Promotional Seminar 2015 and the Materials Science & Technology 2015 conference. The two second-floor meeting rooms and foyer comprise the first portion of the $125 million expansion and full-scale renovation of the facility that will be completed in 2017.
Advanced Solutions International released the latest version of the iMIS 20 Engagement Management System. This is the third major release of the iMIS 20 EMS since its launch in May 2013. New features and enhancements include new responsive staff administrative site; ability to run data-driven stored procedures; 20+ more alerts and tasks; dashboard enhancements; new browser-based SDK/API; and 75+ new features and enhancements.
Blackbaud, a provider of cloud software and services for the worldwide philanthropic community, acquired Smart Tuition, a provider of payment software and services for private schools and parents for $190 million. Smart Tuition’s full product suite, including Smart Tuition, Smart Aid and Smart for Dioceses, will fold into Blackbaud’s K-12 lineup. Matt Knapp, CEO of Smart Tuition, will continue leading the group, reporting to Kevin Mooney, EVP and president of Blackbaud’s General Markets Business Unit.
Barbara A. Myers, CAE, was named COO of IMN Solutions, an AMC, effective Nov. 1. Myers joined IMN Solutions in 2014 as association services VP. She has spearheaded the creation of three new divisions under the IMN Solutions brand; IMN Association Management, IMN Event Solutions and IMN TechNet as part of its strategic growth plan to provide expanded services to its rapidly growing list of clients. Before IMN Solutions, Myers was professional development VP at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering. Earlier she was COO at Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials, and chief account strategist for Frost Miller Group.
Only 15 nominations out of 130 remain in the Excellence in Advocacy Awards, which spotlight women dedicated to representing their organization, issue, or cause. One awardee in each of the five categories will be announced at the Professional Women in Advocacy’s Excellence in Advocacy Awards & Reception, Nov. 16 at the Washington Marriott.
2015 EXCELLENCE IN ADVOCACY AWARD FINALISTS
EXCELLENCE IN A FEDERAL ISSUE CAMPAIGN
Beth DeBrosse, Senior Director, Government Relations, American Iron and Steel Institute, Leveling the Playing Field Act and Trade Promotion Authority
Shari M. Erickson, Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Medical Practice, American College of Physicians, Enactment of Legislation to Fundamentally Reform Medicare Payments to Support High-Value Primary Care
Ann Sullivan, President, Madison Services Group, Inc., Improving Access to Federal Contracting Opportunities for Women-Owned Small Businesses
EXCELLENCE IN A STATE ISSUE CAMPAIGN
Kathleen Bernstein-Harris, Sr. Program Manager - Teen Driving Initiative, National Safety Council, National Safety Council Teen Safe Driving Initiative
Danielle Tharp Clore, Executive Director, Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Government-Nonprofit Contracting Reform Task Force
Darcy Olsen, President & CEO Goldwater Institute, Right to Try Campaign
EXCELLENCE IN A CAMPAIGN FOR WOMEN SERVING WOMEN
Katrina Anderson, Senior Human Rights Counsel, Center for Reproductive Rights
Diana Lugo-Martinez, Senior Director of Community Engagement Programs, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health
NUESTRO TEXAS: COMUNIDAD, SALUD Y FAMILIA
Inuki Pantin, Director of Advocacy, United Nations Foundation, Girl Up
EXCELLENCE BY AN UP AND COMING ADVOCATE
Cassie Gaffney, Policy Associate, Advocacy & Communication Solutions, LLC
Katie Simon, Policy Organizing Manager, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Dana T. Weekes, Associate, Squire Patton Boggs
EXCELLENCE BY A VETERAN ADVOCATE
Jacqueline Gillan, President, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
Verna L. Jones, Executive Director, The American Legion
Carol Kelly, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy