Confectionery sales are expected to reach $2.5 billion this Halloween season, according to a survey by the National Confectioners Association. Chocolate is the clear winner as favorite Halloween candy, followed closely by candy corn.
National Association of Black Journalists is concerned about the atmosphere for African-Americans anchors at CNN. In 2007, NABJ awarded CNN its "Best Practices" award to recognize the news organization for its efforts to increase diversity on air and behind the scenes. "Since that time, we have seen a number of African Americans leave CNN," NABJ president Bob Butler said. "I know CNN is going through layoffs but the departure of so many African Americans is worrisome." A CNN official reached by NABJ said the company had no comment.
One in nine American adults has worked in a convenience store, according to a national consumer survey by the National Association of Convenience Stores. Overall, 11 percent of adult Americans say that they have worked at a convenience store or gas station and 3 percent of all Americans say that it was their first job. Those who have worked at convenience stores found the experience to be valuable: 87% say that they learned a lot about how to work with people.
ASAE will hold the Great Ideas in Association Management Conference, Asia-Pacific, March 22-24 in Hong Kong, the association's first conference outside of North America. The Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), an event partner of ASAE, is the conference sponsor. The event is expected to draw participants from the Asia-Pacific region along with participants from the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East. ASAE will continue to offer the Great Ideas Conference in the U.S. on March 8-10 in Orlando, Florida.
An LSU Alumni Association’s internal audit investigating allegations of misuse of funds by former President Charlie Roberts found that no association money was used for the purposes described in the lawsuit by former employee Kay Heath. The audit was performed after Heath sued the association in August, alleging Roberts was involved in a sexual relationship with Heath. The Daily Reveille previously reported he promised her a stipend of $3,200 per month to continue the relationship.
ACI-Financial Markets Association has announced the launch of ACI America. The new regional association will focus on market practices, education, and technology. It will actively promote the ACI Model Code and provide pertinent information, insight and guidance on a range of issues and challenges that impact professionals working across the North American financial markets. Vincent Sangiovanni is president of ACI America.
New consultants at Transition Management Consulting:
- Susan Sarfati, MEd, CAE, FASAE, past positions include CEO, Greater Washington Society of Association Executives; founding CEO, Center for Association Leadership; ASAE EVP.
- David Westman, MBA, CPA, CAE, principal, Westman & Associates Consulting; past positions include CEO, Congress of Neurological Surgeons; CEO, Emergency Nurses Association; and interim CEO, American Association of Diabetes Educators; consulting experience with McGladrey and KPMG.
- Julie Freeman, ABC, AP, past positions include president, International Association of Business Communicators; executive director, Professional Picture Framers Association; current interim executive for California Society of Anesthesiologists, a TMC client.
- Marshall Brown, CEO, Marshall Brown & Associates and certified executive coach. He facilitates USAID programs throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America. Board president, DC chapters of International Coach Federation and the Association of Career Professionals International. Brown is a contributor to Association TRENDS.
Joe D’Alessandro, president of San Francisco Travel, and Kitty Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, have entered into a friendly wager over the outcome of the National League Championship Series. The tourism chief from the losing team’s city must wear and be photographed in gear from the opposing team. The pictures will be shared with tourism trade media and posted on the organizations’ social media outlets.
Eventsforce, a technology provider of event management software, and Zerista, an app platform that powers customer centric events, have formed a strategic partnership to bring an integrated and comprehensive event management and mobile app platform to serve North America and Europe. Eventsforce will integrate Zerista’s customer centric mobile platform into their event management software. Zerista will also incorporate Eventsforce’s powerful abstract management, call for papers functionality, and registration into their own mobile app platform to enhance the entire event management experience for show organizers of meetings of any size.
Susan Ney Thompson, deputy executive director of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, will resign effective Oct. 31. Thompson has been with the organization for 25 years. Thompson served as interim executive director of the CRDA before John Palmieri's start as executive director.
Aluminum Association CEO Heidi Brock was named to the board of the National Association of Manufacturers, effective in January.