Professional Convention Management Association chose Nashville, Tenn. to host the 2018 Convening Leaders annual meeting. The Jan. 7-10, 2018 meeting will be at the Music City Center.
North Dakota Auto Body Association announced an affiliation with the Society of Collision Repair Specialists. NDABA President Scott Heintzman said. "We've seen some really spectacular work come out of the programs SCRS has put together, specifically their focus in delivering information through their new Repairer Driven News site, and the education programs they are putting together with the Repairer Driven Education series held at the SEMA Show. These are the types of things that our organization would like to tap into and bring to a local level to our own members."
National Retail Federation announced a multimillion-dollar investment to form a new department within the organization focusing on industry research. The Retail Research and Analysis Center will bring together all existing research within NRF. The Center will focus on four main areas: the economy, legislative and regulatory policy, the retail industry and consumers. Ellen Davis will now serve as NRF’s senior vice president of research and strategic initiatives. Davis will also continue to function as executive director of the NRF Foundation.
Glenn Hansen, CEO, BPA Worldwide, will lead a panel session at the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, May 27 in Washington, on “Is Sustainability a Must in the Exhibition Industry?" Panelists include Kimberly Lewis, Community Advancement, Conference and Events SVP, U.S. Green Build Council; Natasja O'Connor, Events Operations and Services group director, UBM EMEA; and Alan Peterson, Vice President Events Consulting Group, Scranton Gillette Communications.
Lynda Ireland, 67, former CEO, New York & New Jersey Minority Supplier Development Council died March 27 following a long illness. Before heading The Council, an affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council, she was the owner of Panache Inc. She served as the contractual affirmative action officer for the Village of Hempstead in Long Island. In addition, she was the first woman president of the Association of Minority Enterprises of New York. At the Council, Ireland successfully created business partnerships between Council-certified African-American, Asian and Hispanic businesses and the Council’s corporate members comprising major Fortune 500 companies.
National Confectioners Association will use Experient’s Engage Unified Mobile App as their event app for their 2015 Sweets and Snacks Expo. As the official registration provider for the event, Experient will tie the registration data to Engage, allowing event organizers the ability to track demographic data from registration and behavioral data from the mobile app and lead retrieval.
Meet AC sales team, of Atlantic City, N.J., brought 30 conventions and meetings to the Atlantic City Convention Center and another 19 to the city's hotel properties, an increase of more than 25 percent from the first quarter of 2014. Conventions and meetings booked directly by hotel sales staffs are not included in this count. The 49 events brought nearly 265,000 delegates to the city, a 38.3 percent increase over the same quarter of 2014. Those delegates used more than 45,433 room nights, a 56 percent improvement over first quarter 2014 figures. Delegate spending rose 32.7 percent from the same quarter as last year, to approximately $73.1 million.
American Hotel & Lodging Association announced the winners of this year's Stars of the Industry Awards. Individuals and properties were honored at an award ceremony at the W Washington D.C. The awards honor lodging employees and properties that symbolize the quality service of the industry. For the winners and their stories, click here.
West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors, a D.C.-based commercial real estate brokerage firm, has completed several transactions on behalf of clients throughout the D.C. area, including: Alliance Defending Freedom at 440 1st St. N.W.; American Gaming Association at 799 9th St. N.W.; Universities Research Association at 1140 19th St. N.W.; Wildlife Conservation Society at 750 9th St. N.W.; and Urban Libraries Council at 1333 H St. N.W.
Elizabeth Churchill to the newly created role of chief revenue officer, Aqua Hospitality and Aston Hotels. Churchill will oversee an extensive portfolio of hotels and resorts – including those in the U.S. mainland – in addition to all marketing, sales, revenue management, and reservations functions in her new capacity. She has been with Aqua for 10 years in various roles.