OCTOBER 9, 20 0 7 USAE Page11 N E W S N E W S ACOM Turns 20, Will Throw Party By Kevin Eaton creative! But you’d better be sporting “We’re teaching them the tricks of the record holding skier. some red, as you walk the red carpet to trade,” said Lynn McCullough, ACOM, During this years conference, ACOM Like most of us kissing goodbye to what will be a truly fun night of mingling, executive director, about the boot camp. is asking attendees for donations for the teenage years and embracing a 20th laughing, eating, drinking and lots of This year’s conference will feature a Street Youth Ministries a charity for at- birthday, the Association for Convention merriment – ACOM style!” according to keynote address by Cary Mullen, the risk youth ages 13-22 in the Seattle area. Operations Management (ACOM) is the conference Web site. world downhill speed skiing record The faith-based charity offers a “Drop- throwing a party and everyone is invited. Specifics of the different recognitions holder at 95 miles per hour. In Center” where the youths can stop During the upcoming Annual Confer- have yet to be determined, but there “We believe the Cary’s message to by for showers, light meals as well as ence to take place at the Westin Se- will also be an anniversary tribute pre- our membership will be very inspiring. hygiene kits and clothing. attle, Jan. 11-13, the association will sentation during the last day of the con- We’re excited that our members will hear The association is looking for dona- have a gala atop the Seattle Space ference. his story and believe it complements tions of hygiene supplies for the free Needle to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The conference itself will be undergo- the spirit of ACOM projects,” said kits, especially combs, brushes, de- The theme for the gala is “Red Hot ing some changes. This year the event Norman Ford, ACOM president. “He odorant and travel sized shampoo and Anniversary Party” and the association will include a leadership track for those brings an upbeat energy in a very im- lotion as well as art supplies. will be honoring all of the past presi- with more experience in the industry as portant year for our members.” ACOM is not stopping with just one dents as well as the founder of ACOM, well as a track for those newer to the Mullen survived three near fatal charity they are also looking for dona- William Just. industry. crashes and was initially an underdog, tions for Childhaven a charity focusing The gala will take place Jan. 12, and The track for those newer to the in- placing last in his first World Cup race. on children one month to five years who the “red” theme will be running through dustry is called “The New CSM’s (con- Mullen was also selected as one of Suc- are at risk of or have suffered neglect. the entire event with red accents vention service managers: Survival Boot cessful Meetings “Hot Speakers” for For Childhaven ACOM is looking for abounding. Camp.” This is the first time that ACOM 2006. donations of diapers, baby food, new The association is asking for gala at- has geared sessions for all CSM’s rather His book series “How to Win” outlines toys and gently used clothing. tendees to wear something red, “...a rib- than a breakdown of venue, CVB or con- how he used five winning strategies to bon, a scarf, jewelry, blouse, tie…get vention. become a two-time Olympian and Linda DiMario, Head Of Arlington, Texas CVB, To Resign Trager By Jonathan Trager the West Coast to the Lone Star State “She’s an extraordinary talent,” said was a major one, DiMario said. Roach. “We’re going to miss her, but if Though she’s had a “very exhilarat- “Texas is like a whole different country there was ever a good time to leave, ing” ride, Linda DiMario has decided to with its own unique culture,” said now would be it.” step down as President & CEO of the DiMario, who became a fan of the Texas A self-described “voracious reader of Arlington CVB. Rangers baseball team when she historical fiction,” DiMario also plans to DiMario, 58, has led the agency for moved. “It’s been fun to be part of sort work on a novel she has started. The over six years. She will stay on until De- of that Texas pride and tradition. Cali- book will be a fictionalized account of cember 31, while the board searches fornia tends to be much more of a melt- her two grandfathers, both born in 1900 for a replacement to lead the $3 million ing pot.” but whose lives “took interesting and organization. DiMario is leaving at a busy time for divergent paths.” “It has been a sometimes challeng- the north Texas locale. A new stadium DiMario, who’s married with two step- ing, but very rewarding experience,” for the Dallas Cowboys is being built, children, also said she’s interested in DiMario told USAE. “I work with the an expansion of the Arlington Conven- exploring consulting. She said she has greatest and most talented team of CVB tion Center is being discussed, and the a couple of different types of consult- professionals in the country, if I may say Super Bowl has been booked for the ing concepts she’s working on that she’ll so. It just seemed like a really good time city in 2011. be testing out with focus groups over to make a decision to do something Pamela Roach, Arlington CVB Chair- the next couple of months. else.” woman, told USAE she was surprised “I’m hopeful my 30 years of experi- DiMario came to the organization from by DiMario’s resignation, but “excited ence will continue to be of some value,” she said. “I do really love this industry. Linda DiMario Los Angeles, where she headed up the about all that she’s accomplished for Long Beach CVB. The adjustment from the city of Arlington.” I want it to prosper and succeed.” Association Update By Kevin Eaton to all members, ALSP is dedicated ment and preservation of structured in 2008 and 2009 at additional to the career development of prac- settlements in order to provide long- sites, NTA and NPS have worked Association of Litigation Sup- titioners around the world. As its term financial security to claimants to ensure that group fees will re- port Professionals Selects management partner, SmithBucklin and their families through periodic main at the current rates until 2010. SmithBucklin for Full-Service will help ALSP establish education, compensation payments. Since Additionally, the industry will be no- M a n a g e m e n t . SmithBucklin has networking and mentoring opportu- 1985, NSSTA has worked with attor- tified of the 2010 rates by August been selected by Association of Liti- nities to drive value for members. neys and consumer and disability 2008. gation Support Professionals (ALSP) ALSP recently launched its Web activists to champion the benefits as its full-service management com- site, www.alsponline.org as a re- of structured settlements. Four Association Management pany. Recently incorporated, ALSP source for members, and began its Companies Receive Industry Ac- is dedicated to setting global stan- Charter Sponsor program. TA N TA t o A s s i s t N P S w i t h S t r u c - creditation. In the association dards for the litigation support pro- turing Group Fee Increases arena, Association Management fession through member collabora- National Structured Settlements Scheduled for 2010. The National Companies (AMCs) serve as third- tion, education and certification. Tr a d e Association Selects Tour Association is a long-time ad- party strategic advisors and con- ALSP has established its headquar- SmithBucklin for Full-Service vocate for equitable and reasonable sultants to thousands of trade as- ters at SmithBucklin’s Chicago of- M a n a g e m e n t . SmithBucklin has entrance and user fees at America’s sociations and professional societ- fices. ALSP is the only litigation been selected by National Struc- national parks. Because of a ies worldwide, offering full-service support association open to all sec- tured settlements Trade Association longstanding partnership with the management and specialized tors of the profession including liti- (NSSTA) as its full-service manage- National Park Service, the two outsourced management re- gation support managers and ana- ment company. NSSTA, which is groups have been able to ensure sources. AMC Institute, the trade lysts, attorneys, paralegals, tech- dedicated to advancing the use of that visitors have equal access to association that represents the as- nical support staff, consultants, structured settlements to resolve the national parks. As a result of sociation management industry, ad- software developers and judiciary personal injury, workers compensa- recent meetings with NTA and the vocates and administers a bench- professionals. The association pro- tion and other types of claims, re- park service, there will be no in- mark accreditation program to vides a collaborative forum to share mains in Washington, D.C., and will creases in National Park group en- qualify AMCs according to the information, analysis and future de- relocate to SmithBucklin’s offices try fees until 2010. highest standards of association velopments concerning this rapidly there. NSSTA is made up of more While entrance fees for individual developing industry. Offering cer- than 600 members whose primary travelers did increase in 2007 at Please turn to page 12 tification and continuing education mission is to promote the establish- many park sites, and will increase Page12 USAE OCTOBER 9, 20 0 7 N E W S N E W S “meaningful expansion” of the Javits page 1 Javits Center within the $1.8 billion Rogers 10 budget he crafted. downtown hotel rooms. Continued from “ R i g h t n o w, t h e J a v i t s C e n t e r However, Rogers said the city is Europe, told USAE only that the situ- works for trade shows but is a di- Continued from page moving in the right direction. ation is being studied by the asso- s a s t e r a s a c o n v e n t i o n c e n t e r, ” “[Tom Noonan] certainly brings the ciation. Spinnato said the associa- Gargano told Crain’s. “There should knowledge and energy and creativ- tion wouldn’t comment until after the be a way to find the money in Al- Tom Noonan lauded Rogers’s exten- ity to the bureau that will serve the October meeting. bany to build it.” sive experience. city well for the many years,” said The new plan is significantly less The project has ballooned in cost, “Sam’s skill set and knowledge Rogers. “I’m also impressed with than a $4 billion plan previously say insiders, due to higher prices will be a tremendous asset to board and staff members. There’s considered by the state, as re- for antiterrorism upgrades, utility re- Baltimore’s tourism industry, as we a strong commitment to increasing ported in the New York Times. How- locations, contingency accounts, raise the bar and look for creative business here.” ever, it’s also significantly higher higher construction trade costs, ad- and innovative ways to drive new A graduate of Colgate University than the $1.8 billion proposal ditional renovations and energy ef- business to Baltimore with limited in New York, Rogers has also briefly passed by the New York legislature ficiency measures to meet LEED marketing dollars,” said Noonan. served as the Executive Director of in 2006 during the tenure of former standards. Rogers acknowledges that Balti- the Nor folk CVB in Virginia. He’s G o v. George Pataki. In January, Gov. Eliot Spitzer put more faces challenges in the years married with no children and enjoys Charles Gargano, who headed the the project on hold in order to con- ahead. The city has been criticized traveling, art, reading, and theater. Empire State Development Corp. for duct what he then said would be a in the press for failing to bring in Gov. Pataki, says there’s no ques- 90-day review of the plan passed high-profile conventions and fill tion that the state could build a under Gov. Pataki. CEMA also used nTAG to include Update Assnfrom page 11 HOTELS real-time audience response at this CALL US IN d. C. Continued year’s technology shoot out where the audience voted on presentations by giving the speakers immediate management. AMC Institute Execu- feedback during the segment. Ad- tive Vice President Sue Pine an- ditionally nTAG was also able to nounced the following four Associa- keep track of social networking con- tion Management Companies have nections that were made between earned accreditation in the 2006- new and existing members, the The following hotels and hotel representation companies maintain offices in the 2007 fiscal year: Creative Market- CEMA Board and CEMA executives. Washington, D.C.-metro area. ing Alliance Association Manage- The social networking analysis that ment (CMA), Princeton, NJ; Drake resulted proved to be very effective HOTEL COMPANIES & C o m p a n y, C h e s t e r f i e l d , M O ; for CEMA planners who were trying Talley Management Group, Inc., Mt. to compare components of the 2007 ADAM'S MARK HOTELS & RESORTS HILTON NATIONAL SALES program. Bob Bushman, Regional Director of Sales Mary Giger, Managing Director of Sales Royal, NJ; and MCI, Geneva, Swit- (202)466-7610;(800)229-5351; (202)955-3700; (202)955-3729 Fax zerland. With the addition of these (202)466-7615 FAX American Management Asso- four companies, 38 AMCs now hold ASSOCIATED LUXURY HOTELS HYATT HOTELS AND RESORTS AMC Institute accreditation. ciation Offers New Curriculum on Washington, DC Office: John Hyland, Director Sales & Marketing Accreditation recognizes AMCs r- S t r a t e g i c A l l i a n c e s a n d P a r t n e r- David Gabri, President & CEO (202)682-2800; (202)371-8136 Fax s h i p s . American Management As- that have demonstrated a commit- Ed Simon, Regional Vice President, Sales sociation (AMA), a world leader in Laura Arth, Vice President, Sales & Marketing INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP ment and ability to deliver the high- InterContinental Hotels Group - InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, est quality services. AMCs must professional development and per- Pam Rodgers, Director of Sales Holiday Inn, Staybridge and Candlewood Suites Christine Faiman, CMP, Director of Sales meet measurable performance prac- formance-based learning solutions, Amy Calvert, Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Emily Ikeuchi, Sales Manager Groups and Meetings Global Sales tices – including contracts and ser- is launching a new series of pro- Corinne Routhier, Sales Manager PMB #135 672 Old Mill Road vice delivery; employee recruitment, grams specifically designed to em- (202) 887-7020; (202) 887-0085 Fax Millersville, Maryland 21108 power individuals who are manag- toll free number: (866) 303-2544 (410)729-1780; (800)795-9691 Toll Free training and professional develop- (410)729-1878 Fax ment; and financial management ing strategic alliances and partner- email@example.com ships for their organizations. The THE BROADMOOR www.ichotelsgroup.com and internal controls, among others Michael Dimond - Executive Vice President, Marketing – as determined in a rigorous inde- new Strategic Alliance Management (800)633-7711; (719)577-5779 FAX curriculum will include seminars, LOEWS HOTELS pendent audit of services and pro- DISNEY RESORT DESTINATIONS Michele Miller, Director of Sales cedures. For consideration, AMCs Web-based programs, as well as Kristin Gibson,CMP, CHSP, National Sales Director (202)452-7878; (202)887-0933 Fax other development materials and (202)222-4815 Direct must show compliance with the American National Standards training resources. Tracey Holley, Assistant Sales Director MARRIOTT & RENAISSANCE (202)222-4816 Direct HOTELS AND RESORTS Institute’s Standard of Good Prac- The seminars in AMA’s new port- Joe Koch, Assistant Sales Director Dave Nostrand, Vice President National Accounts folio include the Essentials of Stra- (202) 222-4817 Direct tices for Association Management Richard Green, Vice President Assn. Sales tegic Alliances and Partnerships, (202)222-4810; (202)222-4819 Fax Companies. (800)442-0440; (703)356-6519 Fax Launching and Managing Strategic FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS Alliances and Partnerships, and Ms. Cristie Gillis, Director, Global Accounts STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS CEMA Teams with nTAG for Sec- 703-461-3942 WORLDWIDE, INC. ond Year to Deliver Striking Real- Measuring the ROI of Strategic Al- firstname.lastname@example.org 1015 15th Street NW, Suite #350 liances and Partnerships. 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Director of Global Sales nTAG Interactive, the premier pro- (202) 289-5742 vider of real-time event data man- ASAP certification. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org CEIR page 10 agement (EDM) solutions, today an- FOXWOODS/ MGM GRAND AT nounced that CEMA (Corporate FOXWOODS WYNDHAM INTERNATIONAL Denise Benyak, National Director of Sales Event Marketing Association), a Continued from Kathleen Ceseretti, CMP, CEM Director of National Accounts (410)349-2804; (410)349-3505 Fax national non-profit organization for 202-742-4476 Direct Carol Diaz, Sr. Director of National Sales technology industry event market- that had growth of 4.8 percent. 202-742-4475 Fax Office NYC - (646)918-6232 ing professionals, used the nTAG Close to 300 events contributed Tollfree: 800-488-7777 ext. *23461 HOTEL REPRESENTATION EDM system this past summer at data for the 2006 index and the growth email@example.com is based on net square feet, attend- www.foxwoods.com COMPANIES the CEMA Summit 2007 held re- ees, exhibitors and revenue. www.mgmatfoxwoods.com cently in La Jolla, Calif. nTAG was THE HYLAND GROUP used extensively to achieve the Of the four variables revenue was GAYLORD HOTELS DC Office: up the most for 2006 with a 9.7 per- Peter Hyland, President Summit’s key objectives, share best Jamie Murdock cent increase. 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The net square feet went up by Stephanie Morales, Director of Sales 3.6 percent, revenue up by 2.6 per- Nicole Himsel, National Sales Manager to attendees in order to ensure a (312) 523-2016; (312) 523-2001 Fax smooth-running meeting, on time cent, attendance up by 1.6 percent session attendance and higher at- and the number of exhibitors up by Please see complete listing on our website usaenews.com tendee satisfaction. 1.5 percent.
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