American Angus Association announced the departure of six regional managers and six staff members, after its board affirmed its support of CEO Bryce Schumann, according to a letter to members made public on the association's website. Earlier the board received a letter from 15 association employees that asked for Schumann's removal. Read the letter here.
U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt, Amy Klobuchar and 23 other senators introduced the “Travel Promotion, Enhancement, and Modernization Act,” which reauthorizes Brand USA, the public-private partnership that promotes international travel to the U.S. through 2020. Brand USA is funded by international visitors and private contributions, not by U.S. taxpayers. American Society of Travel Agents and U.S. Travel Association support the bill.
AMSP/NAPL/NAQP, the new industry association created this year through the merger of the Association of Marketing Service Providers, National Association for Printing Leadership, and National Association of Quick Printers has launched Bottom Line, a new monthly member magazine. The premier issue was mailed to 7,000 industry professionals. The magazine succeeds NAPL and AMSP publications PS: PostScripts and [P]REVIEWmagazines,
Actor and producer Kevin Spacey will be a featured speaker at the Global Business Travel Association convention, July 26-30 in Los Angeles. Spacey is most recently known for playing scheming Vice President Francis Underwood in the hit Netflix series House of Cards. The GBTA convention expects 7,000 participants from around the world.
Convention Industry Council Room Block Poaching Workgroup has launched its survey for meeting planners, which will shape future work. Go to www.conventionindustry.org.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events has created a fly-in called Exhibitions Day, which will take place June 16-17 in Washington. Supporting organizations include Center for Exhibition Industry Research, Exhibit Designers and Producers Association, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association, International Association of Venue Managers and U.S. Travel Association. The chairmen are National Association of Broadcasters conventions & business operations EVP Chris Brown and Association of Equipment Manufacturers exhibitions & events VP Megan Tanel, CEM.
The U.S. House created the Congressional Caucus for Middle Market Growth to identify ways to help the middle market improve economic prosperity and create jobs across America. Supporters of this new caucus include Association for Corporate Growth, along with the National Center for the Middle Market, Ohio State University Fischer College of Business in collaboration with GE Capital.
Former Association TRENDS contributor Wesley Pedersen, 91, who died Dec. 4, will be buried at 3 p.m. April 30 with honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Pedersen, a former foreign service officer and prolific government information writer and author, was the only person named the TRENDS Great Association Communicator, in 1999. As part of State Department propaganda operations during the Cold War, Pedersen covered the Soviet Union, Eastern Europe and China, penning columns planted in newspapers around the world under the pseudonyms “Benjamin West” and “Paul Ford.” After 30 years in government service, he became communications director for the Public Affairs Council for 26 years before his retirement. In addition to being named the TRENDS Great Association Communicator, he oversaw the production of a PAC annual report that was named one of the Publications of the Century in the TRENDS Publications Contest (now All Media Contest) in 2000. Pedersen also was inducted in 2005 into the Hall of Fame of the National Capital Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.
Blackbaud launched The Blackbaud Index Canada to track charitable giving to the Canadian nonprofit sector. Overall giving in Canada grew 2.7 percent while online giving grew 7.2 percent, compared to overall giving in the U.S., which grew .7 percent while online giving grew 13.8 percent.
Facility management provider SMG is now managing the Branson (Mo.) Convention Center. Marc Mulherin is the center’s new GM. SMG assumed managerial duties from Hilton Worldwide on April 1 and retained the majority of the existing venue staff.
PHG Research, a division of Pompan Hospitality Global, Inc, found that 87.5 percent of respondents to a recent survey make WiFi available in all public spaces of their properties, while 70.8 percent make WiFi available in all guest rooms. In addition, the survey indicates 70.8 percent of these now provide the service for free in meeting and public spaces, while 60.9 percent provide free WiFi in guest rooms.
For the 30th consecutive year, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S. and Canada.
Interior Design Educators Council hired AMC Kellen Co. for full-service management.