Leading convention industry leaders gathered in Washington for Exhibitions Day to promote to and educate Congress about the issues facing the exhibitions industry. Visiting US Rep. Danny K. Davis are, from left, John Patronski, industry development EVP of GES; Kristy Wagner, exhibit manager at Corcoran Expositions; Kevin Jackson, sr. marketing manager at Professional Convention Management Association; Davis; Mary Pat Heftman, convention & strategic alliances EVP of National Restaurant Association; Tom Corcoran, president of Corcoran Expositions; and Jimmy Mundo, advocacy manager of Choose Chicago.
More than 20,000 delegates and their families are expected to arrive on Oahu, Hawaii for the Lions Clubs International 98th annual convention at the Hawaii Convention Center, June 26-30. The event, themed “Strengthen the Pride,” is the largest convention scheduled in Hawaii for 2015 and forecast to generate more than $84 million in total revenue and $8.2 million in state tax revenue. This is the fourth time that Honolulu will host the Lions Clubs International convention.
D.C.-based American Institutes for Research will move its Chicago office from the Civic Opera Building to 36,812 sq. ft. in 10 South Riverside Plaza. This represents an expansion of the not-for-profit’s space by nearly 30 percent. Occupancy is set for December. CBRE’s Nonprofit Practice Group assisted in the search.
Professional Convention Management Association has agreed to provide education content to the Meeting Show, July 7-9 at Olympia, London. Education content tailored specifically for corporate and association meetings and events planners includes "Data - Increasing Revenues while Diversifying Revenue Streams," and "Straight Talk from Corporate Meeting Professionals: What We Really Want from the Meetings Department."
The Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio, Television, Digital News Association and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists are co-producing Excellence in Journalism 2015, Sept. 18-20 in Orlando, Fla. Pre-workshops are available for free, but attendees must be registered for EIJ15.
A federal judge approved a $25 million settlement in a lawsuit over accusations of price fixing between wholesale grocers and potato farming associations. Associated Wholesale Grocers filed the class-action lawsuit in 2010, contending that potato growers in Idaho and elsewhere conspired to raise prices by restricting the number of acres planted and taking other steps to limit production. The defendants - including United Potato Growers of America - denied the claims.
College Media Association retained Kellen for full-service management. Kellen account executive Meredith Taylor will serve as CMA executive director. She graduated from Syracuse and has a keen knowledge of the communications sector.
Fred Peterson will be interim executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority effective July 1. Peterson has been with the Authority for 16 years, most recently as the facilities operations director.
Pittsburgh Society of Association Executives named Sara Holzer, national sales director of VisitPITTSBURGH, its Outstanding Affiliate of 2015.
Among the directors on the new board of the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association are Stacey Chandler, American College of Rheumatology (through 2016) and Gregg Lapin, American Association of Diabetes Educators, and Teresa Lerch, American College of Physicians (through 2017).
Wyoming Contractors Association recently was honored with a top safety achievement award from the Associated General Contractors of America. WCA competed against similar-sized AGC chapters of more than 200 members from across the country, and received third place in the National Safety Awards Program for 2014.