August/September 2014
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Cover Story Do Your Homework and Create a Passport to Success By

If there’s one thing that stays constant about planning meetings around the world, it’s the fact that things change.

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Features

When it comes to site selection, SMERF planners face a balancing act in designing an event that is both attractive and affordable to members.

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Career Advancement Depends More Now Than Ever on Continuing Education and Certifications By

Professional certifications such as the CMP are more important than ever — not just for career advancement, but also for career survival.

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Destinations
An Expanding Convention Scene Up and Down the Coast By

The Golden State’s colorful destinations include San Francisco, San Jose, Anaheim and San Diego, where convention center upgrades are planned.

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Perspective

Professionals are turning to their representative associations for certification programs.

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August/September 2014
issue
Cover Story Do Your Homework and Create a Passport to Success By

If there’s one thing that stays constant about planning meetings around the world, it’s the fact that things change.

Full Story
Features

When it comes to site selection, SMERF planners face a balancing act in designing an event that is both attractive and affordable to members.

Full Story
Career Advancement Depends More Now Than Ever on Continuing Education and Certifications By

Professional certifications such as the CMP are more important than ever — not just for career advancement, but also for career survival.

Full Story
Destinations
An Expanding Convention Scene Up and Down the Coast By

The Golden State’s colorful destinations include San Francisco, San Jose, Anaheim and San Diego, where convention center upgrades are planned.

Full Story
Perspective

Professionals are turning to their representative associations for certification programs.

Full Story
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Lady Antebellum wowed the audience at Schermerhorn Symphony Center in the heart of downtown Nashville during the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition held at Music City Center in Nashville. Here the three members of Lady Antebellum pose with ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, and his family.
    www.asaecenter.org
    Credit: Ann Richardson
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Ally Jenkins, ASAE manager, conferences, is flanked by Nashville TV stars Charles Esten and Clare Bowen at the ASAE Annual Meeting, which boasted record-breaking attendance and showcased Nashville at its finest.
    www.asaecenter.org
    Credit: Ann Richardson
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Association Conventions & Facilities Publisher Harvey Grotsky meets Constable Philippe Richard of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on the show floor at the 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition at Music City Center in Nashville.
    www.asaecenter.org
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Stopping by the Reno booth is David Wise, the first-ever Olympic gold medalist in men’s ski halfpipe. Pictured at right is Chris Baum, president and CEO of the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority.
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition The 2014 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, held August 9–12, in Nashville, boasted the highest executive attendance since the 2007 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition in Chicago. Out of a grand total of 5,975 association professionals and industry partners, the final breakdown included 3,159 executives, 1,897 exhibitors and 919 others such as guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff. Also, a total of 441 companies representing 707 booths exhibited in the expo hall this year, which resulted in a strong ratio of 63 percent buyers (association staff) to 37 percent sellers (industry partners).
    Credit: Thomas Khaaliq
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    ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition Attendees on the show floor in Nashville's Music City Center. Next year's annual meeting and exposition will be held in Detroit August 8-11.
    Credit: Thomas Khaaliq
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    Visit Orlando Recognizes Founders at Its Anniversary Event Visit Orlando recently recognized individuals who worked with local government and industry partners to establish the organization 30 years ago.
    The group that worked with Orange County Administrator Jim Harris during the early '80s to launch the then Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau were recognized with the Founders Award. Members include: Joe Cantrell, Cathy Kerns, Jim Brown and Dan Darrow.
    Those individuals who led Visit Orlando's Board of Directors as either a president or chairperson also were recognized for their volunteer leadership to the organization as well as Bill Peeper, the first employee, who received the Association's Legacy award.
    Pictured (left to right) Visit Orlando's Chairman of the Board Paul Mears III; Joe Cantrell; Cathy Kerns; Jim Brown; Dan Darrow; and George Aguel, president & CEO, Visit Orlando.

    www.orlandomeeting.com
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    Florida Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting Immediate Past Chair of the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) Jim Ayotte, CAE, (l) and 2014 Executive of the Year Rusty Payton, CAE, at the FSAE Annual Meeting held at the Hilton Orlando in July.
    http://www.fsae.org
    Credit: Adrian Amos
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    Florida Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting (1st row) Drew Eason CAE, and Chrissy Tallman, CAE, CMP, enjoy the Florida Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting in Orlando with two fellow attendees. The 2015 Annual Conference will be held July 15–17 at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort and Golf Club in St. Petersburg, Florida.
    http://www.fsae.org
    Credit: Adrian Amos
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    Countdown to IMEX Challenge CSR Program Staff from IMEX America, Sands Expo, The Venetian and The Palazzo Las Vegas gathered at The Shade Tree shelter in Las Vegas to mark the official countdown to the IMEX Challenge 2014 CSR program in October — marking a call to action for meetings and events industry members to get involved. The IMEX Challenge is a biennial humanitarian event designed to make a positive and lasting impact on the local communities where IMEX trade shows take place. The beneficiary for the 2014 program is Las Vegas’s Shade Tree Shelter for homeless and abused women, their children and pets — an organization IMEX has actively supported since the inaugural IMEX America in 2011.
    www.imexamerica.com/about-us/imex-challenge/
industry
events

October 14-16, 2014
IMEX America
The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Las Vegas, NV
+44 1273 227311
www.imexamerica.com

November 1–5, 2014
International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) Congress
Antalya, Turkey
+31203981902
www.iccaworld.com

November 3-6, 2014
World Travel Market London
ExCel London
London, U.K.
www.wtmlondon.com

December 3-5, 2014
Florida Encounter
Bonaventure Resort & Spa
Fort Lauderdale, FL
www.floridaencounter.com
encounter@visitflorida.org

December 9-11, 2014
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition
Los Angeles, CA
www.iaee.com

December 16-17, 2014
ASAE Technology Conference and Expo
Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
National Harbor, MD
888-950-2723
www.technologyconference.org

For the full Industry Events Calendar, click here.

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