November 21, 2017
    News in Brief 8/27/15
    Association News: 

    National Rifle Association filed suit against the city of Seattle over a gun violence tax, explaining that the tax violates a Washington state law that prevents local municipalities from creating their own firearm regulations. Joining the NRA in its lawsuit are the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Second Amendment Foundation.

    Leading dietary supplement brands and ingredient manufacturers have created the Coalition for Supplement Sustainability. The group is a new trade association established to maintain sustainable, independently verifiable and transparent standards across the entire supplement supply chain. Originally known as the Non-GMO Dietary Supplement Working Group, the group has now formalized as a stand-alone trade association. 

    Hollywood Foreign Press Association suspended a member after she demanded that an applicant hand over her tickets to the Golden Globe awards ceremony, which is produced by HFPA. The member was accused of attempting to extort tickets and a noncompete pledge from a prospective member, according to TheWrap website. The punishment will take the member out of the mix during the Golden Globe Awards voting season. Fewer than 90 members cast ballots for the annual awards.

    Nominations for the Excellence in Advocacy Awards hosted by Professional Women in Advocacy Conference are officially open. The five categories are Federal Advocacy Campaign; State Advocacy Campaign; Advocacy Campaign for Women Serving Women; Advocacy by an Up and Coming Advocate; Advocacy by a Veteran Advocate. Nominations will close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sept. 9. Details:

    Sam Palladio, who portrays Gunnar Scott in the ABC show Nashville, will provide music for this year’s ASAE Summit Awards Dinner, Sept. 30 in Washington. Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp. and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center provide entertainment for the Summit Awards. The event honors six organizations being honored for their community work: American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Edison Electric Institute, Emergency Nurses Association, Military Officers Association of America, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and Tulsa Regional Chamber. Details:

    Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP has relocated and expanded its D.C., office, to 1800 M St., N.W., Suite 450N, Washington, DC 20036.

    New York Society of Association Executives has started a NextGen Leadership Group for future decision makers. There's an interest meeting on Sept. 11. Details:

    An interesting situation regarding diversity and an essay that has created strong reaction from some members of the Association of Writers & Writing. Read more at Higher Ed

    On why the Northwest Professional Educators professional association is a formidable alternative to the teachers union. An opinion piece in the Idaho Statesman.


    Richard D. Snyder, 79, an association executive and leader for many years until his retirement in 2000, died on Aug. 16. “Dick” Snyder was an executive for the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (EVP), Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, National Lumber Building Material Dealers Association, and National Engine and Boating Manufacturers Association. Snyder was an all-star baseball player at the University of Colorado and was nearly drafted into the major leagues in late 1956. He met his wife of 56 years, Mary, when she attended Colorado Women’s College. They retired to Ocean City, Md., in 2006. Snyder was the president of several condo associations while he was retired. He has four surviving children: Jeff, CEO of a technology consulting business and the architect of the XM Satellite Radio system; Russ, CEO of Volunteers of America, Chesapeake; Chris, chief medical informatics officer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md., and a member of the Health Technical Advisory Committee of the National Quality Forum; and Sally Ann Snyder-Choquette, an administrator for production in the music and theatre school for Salisbury (Md.) University. He also is survived by two daughters-in-law and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Cal, who was EVP of the American Retail Federation, the precursor of the National Retail Federation. Memorial donations may be sent to Ocean City First Presbyterian Church, 1301 Philadelphia Ave., Ocean City, Md. 21842, or Son Life Community Church, 6975 Grenada Drive, Salisbury, Md. 21804, where Sally Ann Snyder-Choquette is a guest pastor. Arrangements were by Burbage Funeral Home, Berlin, Md. Letters of condolence may be shared with the family at

    Supplier News: 

    Advanced Solutions International (ASI) expanded the resources section of its website to include new ebooks, whitepapers, success stories, and other hands-on tools that organizations can use to help improve performance.

    Delta Air Lines and Virgin Atlantic Airways plan to offer new routes from the U.S. to the U.K. in 2016. The carriers will offer nonstop service between Salt Lake City and London, as well as between New York and Edinburgh, Scotland. 

    San Diego Convention Center Corp. was awarded a summary judgment on a claim of interference with contract brought by United National Maintenance. The denial means that UNM’s antitrust claims were settled and the only remaining action to resolve was UNM’s claim of interference with contract. Unless UNM appeals the ruling to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the legal proceedings are complete.

    ICOMEX - the leading MICE event in Mexico and LATAM - will rebrand as IBTM Latin America. Reed Travel Exhibitions aquired the show in 2014.

    Resorts Casino Hotel, Atlantic City, N.J., opened its new conference center. The center brings the total offerings at Resorts to 24 meeting and function rooms with more than 64,000 sq. ft. of usable space, most featuring natural light and ocean views.

    John Dominguez to sales and marketing director, Waikoloa Beach Marriott on Hawaii Island, from sales and marketing director, Sheraton Kona Resort.

    At exhbition company Freeman: 

    - Richard Maranville to chief digital officer and Michelle Johnson to chief information officer. They will be bring all of the company’s services and solutions online.

    - Freeman XP, the experiential marketing division of Freeman, is launching a Special Events Practice, led by Richard Toscano.

    Freeman’s customer service division was recognized for service excellence for its live phone channel for a sixth consecutive year by J.D. Power and Associates.


    US. Chamber Committee of 100 added 10 new members:

    Kara Beer, MPA, president, Battle Creek Area (MI) Chamber

    Jane Clark, president, Michigan West Coast Chamber 

    Christy Gillenwater, IOM, CEO, Southwest Indiana Chamber

    Trey Grayson, CEO, Northern Kentucky Chamber

    Rich Heffron,  CEO, Delaware State Chamber

    Barry Kennedy, IOM, CAE, CEO, Nebraska Chamber

    Todd Maisch, CEO, Illinois Chamber

    Sherry Menor-McNamara, CEO, Chamber of Hawaii

    Kimberly Nastasi, IOM, CEO, Missisippi Gulf Coast Chamber

    Deborah Randolph, CEO, Central Louisiana Chamber.

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