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   A Penton Media Property October 2, 2008 Volume 4, Number 10





ASAE Realigns Under Graham
The Meeting That Changed the Printing Industry
Hartford Honors Locals for Bringing Meetings Home
Financial Meltdown: What Does It Mean for Meetings?

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Up First
ASAE Realigns Under Graham
ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership has restructured, naming John Graham as president and chief executive officer of both ASAE and The Center and realigning the staff under him.

Previously, Graham was president and CEO of ASAE while Susan Sarfati was president and CEO of The Center. Sarfati left the organization in September to take a job with the American Program Bureau. The boards of both ASAE and The Center voted to name Graham to lead both organizations. The decision created the opportunity for Graham to reexamine the way ASAE and The Center is organized.

Read more about the realignment, including the promotion of a new executive vice president.

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The Meeting That Changed the Printing Industry
By Dave Kovaleski
A trio of associations in the printing industry is embarking on an effort to not only green their joint conference, but their entire industry, through a program that recognizes environmentally sustainable printers. In time, just about every piece of printed material—from books, to cereal boxes, to convention tote bags—will contain their seal. It’s an effort that will likely change the printing industry.

The ambitious initiative came about last summer, July 2007, while three association executives met to plan the National Environmental Health and Safety Conference. The 14-year-old conference is jointly sponsored by three printing associations—Flexographic Technical Association, Printing Industries of America, and the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association. While each has its own annual convention to serve their respective niches, this particular conference is on environmental issues that cut across the niches, so the associations decided to produce it together.

Read how the associations plan to green the printing industry.

Sites and Venues
Hartford Honors Locals for Bringing Meetings Home
The Greater Hartford (Conn.) Convention and Visitors Bureau’s “Bring It Home” program is paying off as local residents and organizations have helped the city win five association meetings over the next two years.

On September 28, the bureau honored local association leaders, who reached out to their respective organizations to pitch the city as a future meeting destination. Among those honored were Vicki Shotland for the Northeast Passenger Transportation Association (coming in 2009); Rev. Henry Mansell, Archbishop of Hartford, for the National Council of Catholic Women (coming in 2010); Kevin Jones and Ebert Landman Jr. for the Association of Anglican Musicians (coming in 2010); and June Wiehn for the North American Council on Adoptable Children (coming in 2010).

Read more about the program.

Financial Meltdown: What Does It Mean for Meetings?
By Sue Pelletier
If you're like me, you're spending a lot of time learning about things like credit default swaps and other financial WMDs in hopes of understanding what's going on in the U.S. financial industry, and what the government is proposing to do about it. Which is difficult enough to get my arms around.

Then I sit in on this conversation (free registration req'd) at Meetings Collaborative about what it all could possibly mean for the meetings business, and my mind boggles at the potential reverberations throughout this industry, from hotel expansions to corporate business travel to, yes, even association meetings.

Click here for more, and to share your views on the current credit crunch’s impact on our business (or drop me an e-mail if you’d prefer). I’d love to hear your thoughts—and your ideas on how associations can protect themselves should times get tougher.

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