Meadowlands Board of Realtors and the Eastern Bergen County Board of Realtors in New Jersey merged, effective July 1. The combined association now has more than 3,300 members. Only about 300 members previously belonged to the Meadowlands group. With a small membership and just one full-time staff member, the Meadowlands board realized it would likely not be able to comply with National Association of REALTORS’ new core standards for realtor associations.
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 4450, the Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act, which will renew support for Brand USA, the effort to promote travel to the U.S.
American Rental Association and the Association of Equipment Management Professionals have formed a partnership agreement for information exchange, education/training opportunities and research initiatives.
National Association of Chain Drug Stores introduced a redesigned online membership directory. The new format adjusts automatically for smart phones, tablets and computers. NACDS has developed a guide to assist members in updating company information that appears in the directory.
John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable and former governor of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address at this year's American National Standards Institute annual meeting, 9-11:30 a.m. Oct. 23 at the FHI 360 Conference Center in Washington. The meeting also will include presentations by ANSI CEO S. Joe Bhatia, and ANSI interim chairman Mary Saunders of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Trina Fox-Konz, from an association sales manager, Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa and Convention Center in Branson, Mo., to national convention sales manager, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.
James E. Higgins, from global sales VP, Bridgestreet Global Hospitality, to sales and marketing VP, Convene, a conference center network.
Greg Brown, from GM, Capital Hilton in Washington, to GM, Hilton Baltimore
Ronen Nissenbaum, from CEO, Plaza Group including overseeing the Plaza Hotel in New York, to managing director, Waldorf Astoria and Towers, New York.
Stacy Yerby, from sales and catering manager, Doubletree-Detroit/Dearborn, to small meetings manager, Detroit Metro CVB.
At Blackbaud, a nonprofit software provider:
- Steve Halleck, from group operations SVP, Financial Institutions Group, to business operations VP
- Steve Hodlin from performance excellence VP, Video Gaming Technologies, to operational excellence director.
Members of the New York Society of Association Executives elected Kellen Co. VP Holly Koenig to a three-year term on its board. Koenig has nearly three decades of association management. Koenig has been an active NYSAE member since 1990 and is one of only four distinguished members to receive the group’s triple crown of awards: 2014 Outstanding Committee Chair; Outstanding Association Executive in 2010; and Distinguished Service Award in 2012. Koenig founded and continues to chair NYSAE’s Executive Women in Nonprofits SIG.
Corporate Event Marketing Association named as its chairman Chris Meyer, global business sales VP of the Las Vegas CVA. CEMA transitioned this year from a president to a chairman. Meyer served as VP this past year. He is a 15-year CEMA member. Las Vegas was host to more than 22,000 meetings, conventions and tradeshows in 2013. Convention and tradeshow delegates represent 12.7 percent of all visitors to Las Vegas, or 5.1 million business travelers a year.