Despite record snowfalls in New York because #Snowzilla, New York Society of Association Executives proceeded with a sold-out attendance “Membership Summit” educational program on Jan. 27. Leading the summit were, from left: Bill Schankel, CAE, Association of IT Professionals; Amanda Kaiser, Kaiser Insights, LLC; NYSAE membership committee chair Robert Spangler, senior managing director of marketing and IT, New Jersey State Bar Association; NYSAE education committee chair Zon-Wei Cheng, program manager-When Work Works, Families and Work Institute; NYSAE chair-elect Gerard M. Thiers, executive director, ASAH; and luncheon keynote speaker Mark Levin, CAE, CSP, president, BAI Inc. The program was sponsored by Kalahari Resorts & Conventions.
Indiana Family Institute, Indiana Family Action and the American Family Association of Indiana added Columbus, Ind., and its Human Rights Commission to its lawsuit that challenges the legislative fix to last year’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. That lawsuit initially was filed in late 2015. The plaintiff groups contend that the version of RFRA in effect does not protect their constitutionally held religious beliefs to oppose gay marriage.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events created a forum called Ask a Professional, which aims to help young professionals and those new to the industry. Individuals can ask questions anonymously. The question is reviewed by a member of the industry expert panel, who will provide a reply within three days. Experts include Laura Larson, CEM, senior exhibits specialist, Society for Human Resource Management; and Ann Loayza, CMP, conferences manager, and T.J. Mendieta, CEM, expo manager, International Facility Management Association.
International Economic Development Council and the Economic Developers Association of Canada signed a memorandum of understanding in which the two groups will share information, products and services, including professional development and certification opportunities. This includes accrediting each organization’s courses for respective members’ professional development recertification. The MOU also outlines mutual attendance and speaking roles in conferences and that EDAC members can access IEDC publications at the IEDC member rate. The MOU is committed for three years and will be reviewed for renewal in 2019.
Fabricators and Manufacturers Association acquired the media brands Canadian Metalworking and Canadian Fabricating & Welding from Annex Business Media. The brands will be part of FMA Communications Canada, a media subsidiary of FMA, which already delivers print and online products and sponsors in-person events in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. FMA’s existing Canadian brand, Canadian Industrial Machinery, will be transitioned into the two newly acquired brands.
R. Norris Orms to the association, nonprofit, hospitality and destination market for search firm Vetted Solutions, based in Chicago. Norris currently is COO, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society.
AlliedPRA Inc., entered into a strategic global partnership with Venuesworld.com. AlliedPRA will serve as the preferred destination management company in North America while partnering with venuesworld.com for international program requests.
Scott Stedronsky, elected as president, Rental and Staging Network. Stedronsky is co-founder and EVP, Stage Right.\
Women in the Channel, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of female channel leaders in technology, appointed Bana Qashu co-chair of its sponsorship committee. Qashu is national channel manager for Mitel, a provider of enterprise and mobile communications. She also is a registered yoga teacher within the Yoga Alliance. And, Qashu is a past TRENDS Young & Aspiring Association Professional.