Denver will be the host city for the Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association 2015 annual meeting, June 20-23, at the Colorado Convention Center. The opening session will include a Healthcare Professionals Panel, featuring physicians and nurse practitioners discussing what is important to them on the exhibit floor.
Professional Convention Management Association and the Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau renewed their commitment to grow conference management education further in Singapore and Asia with a new two-year partnership agreement. As part of this agreement, PCMA and the SECB will grow the annual PCMA Meetings Forum Singapore,which will take place in June.
European Cities Marketing, the network of conventions bureaus in Europe, and Destination Marketing Association International, will to collaborate on strategic educational initiatives. DMAI will promote the ECM Summer School program, which provides insight into the structure and functioning of the meetings industry, bringing delegates face to face with leading industry practitioners.
Travelers hitting the road, rails or skies this Memorial Day weekend are expected to generate an average of $330 per person in activity for the U.S. economy, according to economists at the U.S. Travel Association. Data from AAA shows that 37.2 million Americans—the highest in 10 years—will travel 50 miles or more for the holiday weekend, that translates to a $12.3 billion direct boost to the U.S. economy.
Association for Corporate Growth released the second iteration of GrowthEconomy.org. With refreshed data from 1995-2013, the website details the impact of middle-market private equity investment throughout the U.S. And for the first time, the updated GrowthEconomy.org reveals how private equity investment is the leading driver of jobs and sales growth in the middle market.
Virginia Society of Association Executives revealed a new brand at its recent annual conference, including a new logo, new tag line and new graphics treatment across all of VSAE’s communications. The new tagline – “your association community” – highlights VSAE’s focus on its members and the association community of which they are a part.
Nearly 1,800 delegates, prospective members and guests attended the recently annual industrial Supply Association convention in Cleveland. Overall attendance jumped by 12.6 percent compared to 2014, with larger numbers of participants in every membership category. The increase demonstrates that association members have responded positively to changes to the convention format, such as providing greater access to distributors, and improving the professional development offerings. The 2016 ISA convention will be April 16-19 in Rosemont, Ill.
Association management company MCI has partnered with Elan Events, a media, events and entertainment company in Qatar. The new partnership will focus on growing Qatar’s meetings, incentives, congress and exhibition market, with MCI leveraging global best-practices and growth strategies while Elan provides local knowledge, connections and operational excellence.
AMR Management Services launched a new website that is easy to navigate from any device. The site also makes it easy to interact with AMR through social media and easy-to-submit questions of the AMR association management professionals. There also is an online RFP submission option for those seeking services to obtain more detailed information. Details: www.amrms.com.
Tampa (Fla.) Convention Center installed Ungerboeck Software, which allows the center staff to keep track of booking, planning and executing events in real time. The new software is expected to drive accuracy and efficiency to a greater level, and deliver a higher level of service to customers and clients.
Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago unveiled three new event spaces: Riverside Gallery, which can hold 40 for conference set up; Riverside Room, up to 105 classroom; and Bridgeview, up to 138 classroom. All three areas can be controlled by the hotel team through a mobile device application, such as lighting, climate control, audio/visual and more.
Highlights of the Hawaii Convention Center in 2014: reduced operating expenses by more than $1.1 million, its best financial year since the center opened 16 years ago; hosted 182 total events surpassing its targeted goal of 150 for the year, welcoming 320,680 attendees, 30 percent more than its goal of 246,260; event participants spent more than $501 million during their visits that included a HCC component within the program generating more than $48 million in tax revenue to the state.
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center has been selected as one of the city’s Top Workplaces by The Times-Picayune and Nola.com. The employee satisfaction levels are reflected in the long tenure of convention center employees. For instance, the center’s event services managers average 15 years tenure, with four managers achieving tenure of 28 or more years. The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback.
Nina Kressler is the new CEO of the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, effective June 1. She was the center’s food and facilities operation GM, managed by Aramark Canada.
Matt Chun to digital strategy VP, PCI, an integrated marketing and creative agency, from head of digital and social media strategy, RedPeg.
Special Events Institute added Mark Sonder, MM, CSEP of Mark Sonder Productions, a worldwide entertainment agency, to its faculty beginning with this term. Sonder will be instructor and course contributor of the event marketing course, which is one of the essential program elements of the five-course certificate program.
Peggy O’Leary Seigler, 42, sales and marketing VP for nearly a decade at the Augusta (Ga.) CVB, died on May 20. She is survived by her husband Jason, two young sons, her parents, and many other relatives. The family will receive friends at Posey Funeral Directors, North Augusta, S.C., from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday. A service will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Grace United Methodist Church in North Augusta. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fairview Presbyterian Church, Early Childhood Center, 1101 Carolina Ave., North Augusta, S.C. 29841.
Lee County (Fla.) Bar Association received the Award of Distinction by the Florida Public Relations Association Southwest Florida Chapter during its 2015 Local Image Awards Event. LCBA won for its communications program, consisting of its member magazine and a new electronic newsletter and website.
St. Petersburg (Fla.) Bar Association celebrated its 90th anniversary on May 15 with a gala. The party took place almost to the minute of the organization’s first meeting nearly a century ago. Dancers and many of the guests wore attire from the 1920s.
Winners of the third annual National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy Impact Awards:
Corporate foundation: Blue Shield of California Foundation
Grantmaking public charity: Brooklyn Community Foundation
Small/midsize private foundation: Needmor Fund, New York Foundation
Large private foundation: Open Society Foundations.