November 21, 2017
    News in Brief 9/17/15
    Association News: 

    DC firm Steptoe and Johnson will represent the city of Seattle in a lawsuit brought by the National Rifle Association and other gun rights groups over the city's so-called gun violence tax. The tax, designed to offset the cost of gun violence, was approved by the City Council last month and takes effect in January. It adds $25 to the price of each firearm sold in the city, plus 2 or 5 cents per round of ammunition. The revenue would be used for gun safety research and violence prevention.

    Direct Marketing Association of Washington is looking for speakers for the 2016 Bridge to Integrated Marketing & Fundraising Conference, July 13-15 at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in Oxon Hill, Md. Click here for more details.

    On this Constitution Day, Sept. 17, National Beer Wholesalers Association CEO Craig Purser released this statement: “NBWA raises a glass in celebration of our nation’s Constitution, including its role in establishing the effective state-based alcohol regulatory system that we have in America today. Alcohol is the only product in commerce with two constitutional amendments of its own. The 18th Amendment, which established National Prohibition, was a failure because it was a one-size-fits-all policy imposed by the federal government on a large and diverse population. The 21st Amendment recognized this failure and not only repealed the 18th Amendment but established today’s successful system of alcohol regulation and distribution, which gives each state primary authority to enact and enforce alcohol laws consistent with the desires and needs of its citizens.  America’s 3,300 independent, licensed beer distributors – and the 130,000 men and women in the industry – are proud to be part of this effective system of alcohol controls that works to protect the public and provide consumers with unparalleled choice and variety.”

    National League of Cities and first lady Michelle Obama this week announced the 500 cities, towns and counties that have committed to the five goals in the Let's Move! Cities, Towns and Counties initiative since July 2012. This announcement was made at an event at the White House, honoring the achievements made by local elected officials participating in the initiative.

    Supplier News: 

    MCI, the Geneva-based AMC, is releasing its half year financial results for 2015, indicating that the global meetings and events group is on track to achieve double digit growth this year. The first half 2015 gross margin results were $80 million US, which is an increase of $8 million US, up 12 percent compared to end of June 2014. The operating margin is in line with expectations for the year that aim for a double digit growth.

    Eric Thurston, CEO, Personify, was appointed to the ASAE Industry Partner Alliance. The Industry Partner Alliance represents the interests of providers of products and services to associations. Personify is an AMS/CRM solutions provider.

    Cynthia Russo to CFO, Cvent, effective Sept. 28, from CFO, MICROS System.

    Kiersten Olson, promoted to national sales manager, AlliedPRA, from account manager, AlliedPRA South Florida.


    Duty Free Shoppers co-founder and philanthropist Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney, who made a fortune worth billions and quietly gave it all away, is the inaugural recipient of the Stead Medal in International Philanthropy awarded by the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. The medal will be awarded to people who have demonstrated outstanding commitment and leadership in all aspects of international philanthropy and who have worked to sustain philanthropy as a globally significant force for improving communities, institutions and people.

    American Subcontractors Association will celebrate its 50th anniversary during its annual convention, SUBExcel 2016, March 3-5 in Miami.

    The ASAE 2015 NextGen Association Summit (2015 NextGen), Sept. 16-18, is being facilitated by Shelly Alcorn, CAE, principal, Alcorn Associates Management Consulting. Trevor Mitchell, CAE, Director of Membership and Strategy at American Mensa, is chair of the 2015 NextGen Selection Committee. Mitchell and NextGen 15 classmate Bryan Harrison were announced this week as TRENDS 2015 Young & Aspiring Association Professionals (see article, this issue). The entire NextGen 15 class:
    Amanda Patrick, CEM
    Trade Show, Exhibits Manager
    Railway Supply Institute
    Bryan C Harrison, PMP, QAS, CSC
    Director, Networks
    Specialty Equipment Market Association
    Jessica S. Struve, CAE
    Membership and Members' Services Manager
    Radiology Business Management Association
    Donte Paul Shannon, CAE
    Manager, Volunteer Services
    Society of General Internal Medicine
    Kari Natale
    Director, Planning & Governance
    Illinois Certified Public Accountants Society
    Hyewon Kraemer, MPA, CAE
    Donor Relations Manager
    National Military Family Association
    Liz Icenogle, CAE
    Director, Government Affairs
    ARMA International
    John Torres
    Director, Leadership Development
    American Farm Bureau Federation
    Jessica Kennedy
    Director of Finance and Human Resources
    Mental Health America
    Emily Reineke
    Conference and Operation Director
    Tori Miller Liu, MBA
    Director of Information Systems             
    Global Cold Chain Alliance
    Kendra Pheasant, MS, CAE
    Account Executive
    Associations Resources Inc.
    Katrina Dunn
    Foundation and Meetings Senior Manager
    American Society for Nutrition
    Kathy Bradley  
    Director, Fundraising & Partnerships
    Sheena Fay Kennedy, CMP
    Communications & Membership Manager
    Association of Boards of Certification
    Richard Brown
    Business Manager and Account Executive
    Center for Fine Arts Education, Inc.
    Sarah Murphy
    Public Policy Associate
    School Nutrition Association
    Megan Brown
    Director of Communications
    Executive Director Incorporated
    Lauren LeMunyan
    Account Executive
    Sydnee Funke
    Retail Technology Advisor
    North American Home Furnishings Association.

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