National Demolition Association hired SmithBucklin for full-service association management. NDA headquarters will be located in the SmithBucklin DC office. Cheryl Caulfield of the SmithBucklin Business + Trade Industry Practice will serve as NDA executive director. Caulfield spent several years working for building and real estate associations, including the National Association of Home Builders, where she served as government affairs SVP and VP for the NAHB Builder 20 Clubs.
Givers have until Dec. 31 to take advantage of the charitable IRA rollover, a temporary provision that was recently approved by Congress and President Obama. Under the law, taxpayers age 70-1/2 or older can give up to $100,000 from their IRAs or Roth IRAs to qualifying charities without having to pay income tax in 2014 on the withdrawn amount.
Close to 99 million Americans will travel during the year-end holiday season, 4 percent more than last year and setting a new record in travel volume, according to AAA. The opportunity of a long weekend trip and a drastic decline in gas prices are the main factors for the positive travel sentiment, AAA's Megan Saxon said
American Hotel and Lodging Association and the Asian American Hotel Owners Association are suing the city of Los Angeles over its planned minimum wage at larger hotels, saying it would cause "irreparable harm" and run afoul of federal labor law. The city's law, which imposes a $15.37 minimum wage, improperly interferes with labor relations, tipping the scales in favor of unions, the associations contend.
Professional Convention Management Association released the updated Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition; A Guide to Meetings, Conventions, and Events. It includes the most up-to-date information on current industry trends, strategic planning for meetings, budgeting and funding, marketing and promotion, technology, running and closing the meeting, and industry trends on the horizon.
CFO Alliance is conducting its 2015 fifth annual CFO Sentiment Study to help identify the biggest issues and opportunities for CFOs across North America. The survey will take 15-20 minutes to complete and will be open until 5 p.m. ET Dec. 22. For questions, email@example.com.
If You Are Going Through Hell - Don’t Stop, Keep Going is a guide to transition and search that highlights a nearly yearlong employment pursuit in diary format. The book details search, interview, resume and personal marketing techniques. The author, Daniel C. Borschke, FASAE, CAE, is a three-decade veteran of the not-for-profit community with insights that will assist both young and old in finding their next opportunity. He is a former board member of ASAE and board chairman of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives. The book is available at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, the publisher-Outskirts Press and numerous on-line book sellers. Contact Borschke at Borschke.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct Marketing Association argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in DMA v. Brohl, a case stemming from the challenge of a Colorado law requiring out-of-state merchants to disclose to the state revenue department confidential purchase history information about their Colorado customers. “The court’s decision will have a significant impact on marketers’ ability to protect the data and privacy of their customers in Colorado and in the other states nationwide,” said DMA CEO Thomas J. Benton said.
The IRS has issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate tax deductions for operating a vehicle for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning on Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates will be 57.5 cents per mile for using a vehicle for business purposes, up from 56 cents in 2014. The rates for miles driven in service of charitable organizations will be 14 cents per mile.
Dr. Susan B. Waters, CAE, 63, CEO of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, died unexpectedly on Dec. 16 at her home in Washington. Waters was named CEO of NAIFA in March 2010 and had served as NAIFA’s Acting CEO since December 2009 and Deputy CEO since October 2007. Before NAIFA, she was president of Sextant Consulting, a firm specializing in association governance, conflict management, strategic planning, leadership development, and meeting facilitation. Earlier she was CEO of three associations, a licensed insurance broker, and EVP of an insurance agency. In 2013, Waters was the recipient of the ASAE Key Award. With Henry Ersntthal, Waters wrote the "You said WHAT?" point-counterpoint column for Association TRENDS. A memorial ceremony is being planned for late January or February. NAIFA invites you to leave your remembrances of Susan Waters here.
FreemanXP, a global brand experience agency, announced the launch of FXP Touch, a proprietary second screen platform to increase engagement and deliver real-time analytics for live events. Second screen technology is increasingly becoming an essential tool for event attendees who seek to explore, connect and discover new content in a self-directed manner through mobile devices. The platform enables brands and presenters to increase real-time engagement, conversations and amplify content distribution.
MCI earned re-accreditation by the AMC Institute. Among 500-plus AMCs worldwide, only 74 have achieved AMC Institute Accreditation to date. MCI remains the only non-U.S. based company to hold the accreditation, which it has successfully maintained since 2006.
Paul Cunniffe to business development VP, Freeman exposition division. He left GES in 2013, where he was national sales VP.
Dionne Joyner-Weems, promoted to marketing VP at Visit Baltimore, from advertising and promotions director.
Steve Doyle to global initiatives director, IMN Solutions. Doyle served for two decades as CEO, Central Station Alarm Association International, He has served as chairman of the Alliance for International Meetings and Commerce, an organization founded by IMN Solutions, which unites partners throughout the international meetings and tourism industries to a network of leaders.
Mark McSweeney, CAE, executive director of the Vacation Rental Managers Association, is the 2014 Association Executive of the Year of the Indiana Society of Association Executives. McSweeney is senior staff member of the Raybourn Group International, an AMC.
David Baumann, COO and principal of Executive Director Inc., a Milwaukee-based AMC, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame Award. He is a member of the WSAE board.
New volunteer leaders at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, includes 2015 chairman Megan Tanel, CEM, exhibitions & events VP, Association of Equipment Manufacturers; and board member Robert McClean Jr., CPA, EVP, Promotional Products Association International.
Endocrine Society received Gold LEED certification for its new headquarters at 2055 L St., N.W., Washington, by the U.S. Green Building Council. Every effort was made to avoid products with harmful ingredients at the new headquarters. The society also earned points for choosing a location in an urban area with access to community amenities and public transportation, among other factors.