Association Foundation Group and Veris Consulting have launched the AFG Benchmarking Survey, a comprehensive survey of association foundation and fundraising professionals. This questionnaire collects data on board structure, giving trends and the relationship realities of an association and foundation. All AFG members will receive a complimentary Executive Summary of the survey results, and non-respondents who do not wish to join AFG may purchase a copy of the full results for $150. Details: Elizabeth Beyland, email@example.com.
National Society of Hispanic MBAs’ recent annual conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia drew more than 4,500 participants - a 15 percent increase in job seekers from the previous year. It was the biggest gathering in the organization’s history.
National Waste & Recycling Association reached an all-time high in membership at 813 members, nearly a 20-percent increase in growth over the past two years.
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says that a USA Today Oct. 28 article is sensationalistic and incomplete. The article’s author blames manufacturers for being reluctant to change and improve upon designs. AOPA says the group, manufacturers, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association and others have been active supporters of safety improvements and that regulatory change is needed to revise aircraft certification rules to improve safety while reducing costs.
ASAE held its Five-Star Weekend Oct. 23-26 at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The weekend focused on building relationships that help strengthen your organization and the association community. The event is exclusively for association CEOs, and is a fundraiser that supports the ASAE Foundation Annual Fund and the Power of A Fund.
Credit Union National Association is touting nearly $6 million in campaign contributions to the upcoming midterm elections, “more money than ever before,” the association says. The group total is about twice as much as the American Bankers Association, which has spent $2.7 million in the election cycle, including $1.9 million on candidates, according to the Center for Responsive Politics’ OpenSecrets.org database.
Exhibit Surveys Inc., a research, measurement and consulting service for the exhibition and event industry, and Lippman Connects, producer of events for exhibition and convention professionals, announced a continuation and expansion of their partnership through 2015. In addition to their work in conjunction with the Lippman Connects Roundtables, Exhibit Surveys will now provide research for The Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum.
Harrah’s Atlantic City (N.J.) Waterfront Conference Center had its final steel beam signed and installed on Oct. 22. The $125.8 million meetings facility connected to Harrah’s Atlantic City, is slated to open in August. The hotel-convention center complex will feature two 50,000-sq. ft. ballrooms that can be divided into 29 individual sections, and can accommodate up to 5,000 participants. Harrah’s Atlantic City offers more than 2,500 hotel rooms.
Plexus Consulting Group launched a new subscription service that matches the performance of nonprofit senior managers against their peers, to better evaluate and improve their skills. Also includes a variety of confidential networking, research and coaching services that can be tailored to the needs of "C-suite" executives. Suvo Nandi will manage this program. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Positively Cleveland, the CVB of Greater Cleveland, is changing its name to Destination Cleveland, effective immediately. The CVB's executive board chose the name Destination Cleveland to better reflect the work the organization does to showcase Cleveland as a destination for leisure and business travel.
Mobile Bay (Ala.) CVB is finalizing its search for a marketing firm that will lead a rebranding effort for the Port City. The three companies include Lewis Communications, Luckie & Co., and BCF.
Philadelphia CVB received accreditation renewal from the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, a program of Destination Marketing Association International.
New board members of the Hotel Association of Washington D.C.: Sharon Lockwood, GM, Renaissance Washington; David Piscola, GM, Capital Hilton; Gail Smith-Howard, GM, Hyatt Regency Washington; and William Walsh, GM, Marriott Wardman Park.
Michael Hatch, business development director for Digitell Inc., was a featured speaker at Meetings Technology Expo, Oct. 28 in New York. His topic will be "Virtual/Hybrid Events: Trends & Strategies."
Melanie J. Rice to sales manager. New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. She will cover the West Coast and Technology markets.
Jamie Heidorn to regional sales director, Cincinnati CVB in the Chicago sales office, from sales executive, Las Vegas CVA.