International Association of Commercial Collectors and Commercial Law League of America hosted their first joint Mid-Year Collection Conference in July in Napa Valley, Calif. “Having the joint meeting allowed many members who wouldn’t normally attend a summer meeting the chance to attend. This gave them the opportunity to meet more of their industry colleagues and also take in the latest topics in the industry,” CLLA president Peter C. Califano said.
A group of antigay activists who marched as marijuana-loving “gay zombies” in Pride Toronto are being sued for disseminating “hate speech.” The group participated in the pro-LGBT parade in July by registering under the fake name "Gay Zombies Cannabis Consumers Association." The group handed out pamphlets that parade organizers found objectionable. Ontario’s former deputy premier, George Smitherman, and local bar owner Christopher Hudspeth are suing the group for $104 million. The protest group’s organizer questioned why parade organizers found him and his group disruptive, but are not suing organizers of Black Lives Matter, which held the parade up for nearly 30 minutes in a demonstration.
Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals appointed treasurer Nick Pirro as interim executive director following the departure of the organization’s previous executive director. According to Syracuse.com, Pirro, a former Onondaga County executive, discovered financial inconsistencies earlier this summer, which prompted an investigation by the Onondaga County District Attorney's Office. Prosecutors and Pirro have not identified two employees who departed under suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the SPCA. The organization has an annual budget of more than $1 million, and has 15 to 18 full- and part-time employees.American Homebrewers Association released Brew Guru, a k a the Pokémon GO for catching great beer deals. The new free mobile app delivers brewing knowledge, money-saving deals and local information on breweries, bars and homebrew supply shops.
California Rifle & Pistol Association and several individuals, with the support of the National Rifle Association, filed a lawsuit overturn an earlier federal court of appeals opinion regarding concealed weapons.The court resolved the case narrowly by ruling that the Second Amendment does not specifically protect a right to carry concealed. The new case,Flanagan v. Harris, is a direct response to that opinion. The new lawsuit contends, “the Supreme Court has made clear that the right to bear arms cannot be completely foreclosed.” Because California law prohibits the plaintiffs and other law-abiding citizens from openly carrying a firearm, and because Defendant McDonnell denies them the only lawful means of carrying a concealed firearm, they are “completely barred from exercising their right to bear arms—in any manner.”
Kobe Bryant will be the closing speaker at the Direct Marketing Association’s &THEN conference. Bryant chose the meeting to deliver one of his first major speeches on his $100 million tech and data investment fund. Bryant, who announced his new venture capital firm, Bryant Stibel on Aug. 22. For the second time in three years, a top athlete turned business executive has addressed DMA’s annual conference. In 2014, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson keynoted DMA’s annual conference.
William McCollam, 91, Edison Electric Institute president from 1978 to 1990, died July 30 of natural causes. Following his military service, in which he earned two Bronze Star medals during the Korean War, McCollam became an energy industry executive. He joined EEI after several years as president of New Orleans Public Service. After he retired from EEI, he became an energy management consultant. He was succeeded at EEI by current president Tom Kuhn, a TRENDS Association Executive of the Year. McCollam was a West Point graduate, and earned a master’s degree in engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is survived by his wife, three children and several grandchildren.
Visit San Antonio (Texas), which was created to replace the San Antonio CVB, has begun seeking members for its inaugural board. Spurs Sports & Entertainment’s Frank Miceli will be the first chairman. In February, the City Council gave the CVB the green light to pursue the creation of a nonprofit that could take over marketing San Antonio. The council still must approve an agreement with the new (c)6. CVB executive director Cassandra Matej is expected to remain with the new entity.
The day after the Kentucky International Convention Center closed for two years of renovations, the Greater Louisville CVB finalized details for financing that will pay for the majority of the $207 million in upgrades. Bank of America Merrill Lynch will issue a 30-year, $148 million bond to the CVB at a 3.2 percent interest rate. Although the Kentucky State Fair Board owns and operates the convention center, the CVB agreed to pay for the majority of renovations because of the critical role the center plays in bringing tourists to the city.
Socious, a provider of membership management and online community software for associations, released Engagement Levels, which allows users to track member engagement over time, as well as determine if their community management and member engagement strategies are working. Engagement Levels provides organizations with a new interactive graph that measures and tracks member engagement.
Destination DC announced a record 21.3 million total visitors to Washington in 2015, up 5 percent over 2014. 2017 is poised to be a strong year. Citywide conventions are meetings that bring 2,500 room nights or more on peak to Washington, DC. The total economic impact for these meetings is $357 million with 484,649 total room nights. Highlights include the American College of Cardiology with 45,565 total room nights (March 17-19); Microsoft with 62,385 total room nights (July 10-13); and Society for Neuroscience with 54,100 total room nights (Nov. 12-15).
San Diego Convention Center - Karen Totaro to GM, from GM, Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center, effective Sept. 30.
New association 2016-17 board members of the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association include VP Gregg Lapin, American Association of Diabetes Educators; and directors Stacey Chandler, American College of Rheumatology; Teresa Lerch, American College of Physicians; and Jackie Mitchell, American College of Surgeons.