Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, has been elected chairman of the Association Societies Alliance, a national federation of societies of association executives. Patterson is owner of AMPED, an AMC, and serves as CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, an AMPED client.
U.S. General Services Administration released the federal per diem rates for 2015. This is the maximum reimbursement rate for government employees traveling on government business within the continental U.S. The new rates go into effect Oct. 1. There was a slight increase for the travel periods of October 2014, March through June 2015, and September 2015, and a decreased rate for the remainder of the months on fiscal year 2015. Click here for a list of the new rates.
National Waste & Recycling Association policy/advocacy director Chaz Miller will discuss American paper recycling at the 3rd annual China International Recycled Fiber Conference, Sept. 24 in Shanghai. Miller’s presentation, “Development of American Paper Recycling System and the Challenge It’s Facing,” was selected for the conference by the organizing group RISI, a leading information provider for the global forest products industry.
Food Packaging Institute has moved to 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 421, Falls Church, Va. 22043. Telephone: 703-592-9889.
Halifax Area Advertising Authority, Daytona Beach, Fla., is once again doing business as the Daytona Beach Area CVB. The Volusia County Council voted last August to dissolve the visitors bureau and incorporate its functions into the ad authority, which oversaw the visitors bureau. Other names had been considered, but for now the tourism group is identifying itself as the visitors bureau because the name is recognized in the tourism industry.
Levy Restaurants, the food and beverage provider for the Cleveland Convention Center, has teamed up with the center’s management company SMG to start two colonies of honeybees to produce honey for Convention Center recipes. Harsh weather conditions, pesticides and diseases are blamed by experts for the dramatic drop in the honey bee population. The center is pursuing a gold level LEED certification and this initiative represents its commitment to sustainability.
Brian Bruffey, CEO, Protech, has been appointed to the ASAE Industry Partner Alliance Committee. This committee represents the interests of companies that provide products and services to associations.
For a fifth straight year, event solution provider Freeman has been recognized for contact center operation customer service excellence with its live phone channel for a fifth consecutive year under the J.D. Power Certified Contact Center Program. To become certified, the contact center successfully passed a detailed audit of more than 100 practices that encompass its recruiting; training; employee incentives; management roles and responsibilities; and quality assurance capabilities.
Jeff Glassie, head of the nonprofit practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, DC office, was named to the 2015 “Best Lawyers in America.” He is among 63 WTP to be named to the list, by Woodward/White Inc.