AHA SmartMarket, a new platform launched by the American Hospital Association, and the Illinois Hospital Association, have announced a new partnership that connects local healthcare professionals with their peers and vendors. AHA SmartMarket is a social collaboration platform developed exclusively for the health care field, is an interactive medium that enables health care professionals to search products and services, rate and review product performance and collaborate with a network of trusted peers and experts.
More than 500 organizations, including nonprofit organizations such as the National Association of Manufacturers and the National Federation of Independent Business, recently delivered a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to extend, enhance or make permanent expired and expiring tax provisions that the organizations say are critically important to U.S. jobs and economy. At least 50 tax provisions expired at the end of 2013 or are scheduled to expire in 2014. Click here to view the letter and list of signatories.
Association of American Medical Colleges released the first guidelines for training physicians to care for LGBT or gender nonconforming patients. “This groundbreaking publication represents a major step forward in giving medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems a roadmap for improving the care of LGBT and other individuals with differences in gender identity, gender expression, and sex development,” AAMC CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., said.
Unsuccessful 2006 Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell was ordered to pay the Republican Governors Association $300,000 for legal fees after losing on appeal in a suit that Bell originally won. Bell’s original award was $2 million. The case stems from the 2006 campaign, when RNA wrote two $500,000 checks to the campaign of Gov. Rick Perry (R), Bell’s opponent.
American Rental Association and the Portable Sanitation Association International formed a partnership agreement to cooperate in the areas of information exchange, education/training opportunities, risk management and participation in annual conferences. Leaders of the organizations have identified key areas where cooperative efforts could enhance member value. “Portable sanitation is an essential part of several industries that ARA serves. Construction sites, industrial plants, parties and special events all have a wide variety of portable sanitation rental needs. The formation of a partnership between ARA and the PSAI will be beneficial for both of our memberships,” ARA CEO Christine Wehrman said.
National Coalition on Health Care and 64 other leading healthcare stakeholders sent a letter to congressional leaders calling for the passage of legislation to repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, reform payment for physicians and other health professionals, and address crucial healthcare "extenders" during the lame duck session of Congress.
Among four proposals the National Association of Realtors is drafting is a new Code of Excellence. The plan is to for education and testing on the planned Code of Excellence and its Code of Ethics will take place every two years instead of four. NAR President Steve Brown said the changes are essential for the NAR, which has considered the idea of a Code for Excellence for 25 years. The original proposals and their objectives are available at the NAR website realtor.org.
InfoComm International and the National Association of Broadcasters will colocate their events, InfoComm Connections and Content Communications World, on Nov. 11-12 at the Javits Convention Center in New York. NAB’s CCW+SATCON is a media, entertainment, video and communications technology conference. InfoComm Connections is a tradeshow aimed at technology managers, in-house technical staff, institutional buyers and end-users. The first InfoComm Connections will be March 4-5 in San Jose, Calif.
Recently announced association events to be conducted in Dubai are the Society of Petroleum Engineers 2016 Annual Technical Conference, Sept. 26-28, 2016; and the International Congress and Convention Association 2018 Congress.
Early bird registration for ASAE’s 2015 Great Ideas Conference is Feb. 6. Details: www.greatideasconference.org/index.cfm.
Thanksgiving Eve is the second most popular day of the year for ordering pizza, according to the Pizza Coalition. The other days include Halloween, Super Bowl Sunday, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Among the reason for pizza popularity on Thanksgiving Eve are pizza is a flexible option: pick it up, dine in or have it delivered; and pizza is a low-stress choice.
National Conference Center and West Belmont Place, an events center, was the site of the release of a rescued bald eagle back into the wild. The eagle was found on Sept. 11 near NCC, which is outside of Washington. It was too weak to fly with vultures around him. It was suffering from chest trauma, possibly from being struck by a vehicle. It was brought to the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center for care and recovery.
Dubai Business Events and Professional Convention Management Association entered into a partnership that provides Dubai access to PCMA events, such as Convening Leaders, which attracts 4,000 delegates from the meeting industry. As part of the agreement Dubai will host a Dubai-PCMA Meetings Forum in 2015 for around 25 international meeting planners.
Kivi Leroux-Miller at NonprofitMarketingGuide.com is compiling her annual nonprofit “Thank You Video” playlist. To include your organization’s message, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline is Nov. 21 to participate in Nonprofit HR’s 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey. Participants receive the full narrative report of the survey in addition to the executive summary.
James McNeil from COO to president and publisher, Information Inc., a digital content and delivery solutions provider for trade and professional associations, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds founder Alain Carr, who is retiring but will serve as an ongoing adviser to the company.
Curt Stapleton to national sales manager, Los Angeles office, AlliedPRA, a destination management company. He was conference services senior manager at Terranea Resort.
Anne T. Mason to strategic account manager, association market for Experient, a meeting and event solutions provider. She is based in Arlington, Va. She had been working in training and outreach at Fannie Mae/Justin Bradley. She has been active in industry organizations including PCMA, IAEE, ASAE and MPI.
Advanced Solutions International, a provider of software for member and donor-based not-for-profits, was named to the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman 2014 list of top workplaces. ASI’s headquarters is in Alexandria, Va.
The 2015 Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement will be April 8 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington. To be honored are 2015 Meeting Professional Honoree Kati S. Quigley, CMP, senior director, partner community marketing for Microsoft Corp.; 2015 Educator Honoree George G. Fenich, PhD, professor in the School of Hospitality Leadership at East Carolina University; and 2015 Supplier honoree Anne Hamilton, resort sales and services VP, Disney Destinations. Hamilton also is an ASAE Fellow.
Timothy L. Seiler, PhD, CFRE, has been named the 2014 Outstanding Fundraising Professional by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter. Smiler is director of the Fund Raising School at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Seiler was recently named the school’s inaugural Rosso Fellow in Philanthropic Fund Raising. He is 25-year member of AFP and a former advisory board member for its Indiana chapter.
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America with the 2015 Golden Mike Award in a Feb. 23 black tie fundraising gala at the Plaza Hotel in New York. A former U.S. senator, Smith has been NAB CEO since 2009.
PIA Connection, the monthly magazine of the National Association of Professional Insurance Agents, was awarded the 2014 Gold MarCom Award by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The annual international awards competition recognizes outstanding creative achievement by marketing and communication professionals.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, has been appointed the 2015 chairman of the Convention Industry Council.