American Petroleum Institute and America's Natural Gas Alliance announced they will combine into a single trade association, effective Jan. 1. Under the agreement, ANGA's mission to promote natural gas as a clean, affordable solution will be handled by a new Market Development Group at API, led by current ANGA president Marty Durbin. ANGA members who are not already members of API will become full members. An API spokesman said the organization has nothing to add to its press release when asked about the future of ANGA's 30 staff or its headquarters at 701 8th St., N.W., Washington, or the effect of the merger on API's budget. Read the API release here. ANGA's budget is between $50-100 million for 21 member companies, according to AssociationExecs.com. API has 625 member companies, nearly 300 staff and a budget of more than $100 million.
International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and Pacific Asia Travel Association have entered into an agreement to strengthen the bond and shared interests between the two associations. The agreement commits the two organizations to share knowledge through research and publications, to reciprocate in event participation, to support mutual agreed advocacy positions, and to enhance access for the benefit of members of both organizations.
Vacation Rental Managers Association hired SmithBucklin, DC office, for full-service management.
CU Times reports that Credit Union National Association CEO Jim Nussle directed his management team to draft new bylaws to modernize the association’s membership structure. Earlier this year, the CUNA board rejected recommendations by the CUNA Structure and Governance Task Force to change from a requirement of dual membership in local credit union leagues and the national association to that of a choice. In the board meeting summary, obtained by CU Times, Nussle referred several times to this modernized structure as interdependent choice. CUNA declined to comment further on the subject.
Meeting Professionals International European Meetings & Events Conference 2016, Feb. 7-9 in Copenhagen, is being designed according to the Danish Meetovation concept. EMEC 2016 will apply new formats and meeting design principles that offer return on attendee participation at the conference. Meetovation is a Danish meeting design concept that makes meetings and events less conventional and more active, efficient and responsible. The five main elements of focus include: active involvement, responsible thinking, creative setup, local inspiration and return on investment.
International Association of Exhibitions and Events has updated its publication, Best Practices for Exhibition Rules. Originally released in 2009, Best Practices for Exhibition Rules outlines best practices of the exhibitions and events industry in terms of general practices, exhibit space, contract management, display rules and conduct, including the beginnings of a section on event technologies. Best Practices for Exhibition Rules is available at no cost to IAEE members and can be purchased by non-members for $149 at www.tradeshowstore.com.
Presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush took questions via a recent tele forum from members of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Associated General Contractors, Business-Industry Political Action Committee, National Association of Manufacturers, National Federation of Independent Business and National Retail Federation. Bush is the second presidential candidate to accept an invitation from the coalition, following Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Nov. 4. Other candidates invited to speak are Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.
Global Academy of Emergency Medicine has hired AMR for full-service management. With GAEM, AMR will also provide services to the American Academy of Emergency Medicine in India.
American Bankers Association and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business are collaborating to deliver two new executive education programs addressing anti-money laundering and fraud management. The programs, announced today at the ABA/American Bar Association Money Laundering Enforcement Conference in Washington, will help experienced financial crimes professionals further cultivate the knowledge and skills necessary to develop, implement and monitor effective AML and fraud programs.
Connie Durcsak, 50, who became CEO of the Utilities Telecom Council in 2011, died unexpectedly on Nov. 14. Earlier she was industry services senior director at Personal Communications Industry Association. Before joining PCIA, Durcsak was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP. She earned a master's degree in business from Marymount University and a B.A. and BEd from Acadian University in Nova Scotia, Canada. Durcsak was recently honored by Fierce Energy as one of the 15 most influential people in energy. She is survived by her husband, David, and two daughters. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. to noon, Nov. 20 at Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va. Among her many causes she championed were animal welfare, humanitarian relief, education and poverty alleviation.
Direct Marketing Association selected Momentum as its programming and event partner for the production of the 2016 Marketing Analytics Conference. DMA SVP of CRM, Membership and Education Neil O’Keefe said, “Combining DMA’s vibrant marketing analytics community and expertise in data science with Momentum’s exceptional audience cultivation and event creation and execution empowers DMA to provide our members and the marketplace with a high-value networking, learning and professional development experience.”
Global meetings and events agency MCI and Global Warning System, a personal travel app provider, MCI will provide the Safeture App, a service that provides travel disruption and risk alerts through monitoring, datamining and positioning technology, to MCI clients. The App will be available from December 2015 via an online sign up process for MCI-organised congresses.
Also, MCI entered into an agreement with Expedia Affiliate Network, a division of Expedia Inc., to provide additional accommodation options for people wanting to attend MCI-organized congresses in locations with a lack of availability or high levels of market compression during peak times.
Washington State Convention entered into a deal with King County Metro to buy four acres in downtown Seattle for construction of a new, additional convention facility one block north of the existing convention center. This site, augmented by certain adjacent properties, could yield an additional facility to the existing WSCC - one large enough to compete with Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco, San Diego, Portland and Vancouver, B.C., all of which currently have larger convention centers.
West, Lane & Schlager negotiated on behalf of the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization a new 10-year, eight-month lease of 2,720 sq. ft. at 1901 L St. N.W., Washington.
inVNT, a global brand communications agency recently acquired by Time Inc., was named 9th among Advertising Age’s 50 Best Places to Work in Advertising & Media. inVNT also received Ad Age’s “Cream of the Crop” distinction for companies receiving the highest rankings in overall employee experience. Nearly 20,000 employees were surveyed as part of this selection process, and Advertising Age determined that “the happiest employees are empowered and have a sense of purpose.”
At New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center:
- Cassandra Jones to senior event manager, from event manager, Duke Energy Convention Center
- Anna Van Mol to event manager, from event services and catering manager, Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame.
On Oct. 29, Jeff Glassie (pictured) received the 2015 volunteer service award from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence at its annual educational conference in Portland, Ore. The award is given to an individual who has displayed exemplary service and commitment to the organization, who has been instrumental in facilitating the achievement of the organization’s goals, and who has demonstrated a history of volunteer service in ICE. Glassie has over 30 years’ experience in the field and has represented associations, nonprofit organizations, accreditation and certification programs on a wide range of legal matters. He has written a book on the topic, International Legal Issues for Nonprofit Organizations (2nd Ed.), and is co-author of Certification and Accreditation Law Handbook (2nd Ed.) and Intellectual Property for Nonprofit Organizations and Associations. He has been active in ASAE, and was chair of the association's Legal Section and served as chair of its annual Law Symposium three times. He is a partner and co-chair of the nonprofit practice at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, and a Fellow of ASAE.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) appointed Mike Rollins, CEO of the Greater Austin (Texas) Chamber, to the Texas Economic Development Corp.