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The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced on Dec. 8 that it was named as one of the 2015 Best Places to Work in Virginia by
Virginia Business and Best Companies Group. This is the fifth consecutive year that CEA has been honored by the program, which recognizes the
100 best places of employment in Virginia benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce, and businesses.
Photo courtesy of Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

ASAE Foundation Names Innovation Grant Program Award Winners

Four associations have been selected from a pool of 55 applicants to receive ASAE Foundation Innovation Grants Program (IGP) funding.

The PCMA Education Foundation, American Library Association (ALA), Arizona Community Action Association (ACAA), and California Association of Health Facilities (CAHF) will receive up to $10,000, with SunTrust Foundation providing support. Honorees will also be recognized at ASAE’s 2015 Great Ideas Conference, March 8–10 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

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Search for Chicago MPEA CEO Back to
Square One

The year-long search for a successor for Chicago’s Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA) CEO Jim Reilly is restarting. MPEA is the agency that oversees McCormick Place.

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Green Bay Packers Buy Naming Rights for
Convention Center Plaza

Lambeau Field won’t be the only venue to display the insignia of the Green Bay Packers, as the logo will now appear on an expanded KI Convention Center.

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Original Suitor Straub May End Up with AC’s Revel

In a twisting story that seems to have no end in sight, Florida developer Glenn Straub may realize his dream of owning the Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City after all.

The shuttered venue’s owners asked a bankruptcy judge last week to terminate the planned purchase of the property by Brookfield U.S. Holdings and instead allow Straub, the original suitor, to purchase the Revel.

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PR Pupils of the Pigskin

By Todd McElwee

In the D.M.V. (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia) it’s impossible to escape the dumpster fire that is the Washington Redskins. Yes a 3-7 franchise, which has finished last in the NFC East seven times in the past 10 seasons, continues to dominate headlines. The hospitality industry should take notice because nobody provides a better template as what not to do in public relations as the Burgundy and Gold.

Fed Ex Field morphed into a ghost town during the second half of a 27-7 loss to the dreadful Tampa Bay Buccaneers as fans made their way to the exits. The visiting team came into the contest at 1-8, and to make matters worse the home outfit was coming off a bye week. However Washington truly embarrassed itself following the loss as quarterback Robert Griffin III – the most polarizing figure within the Beltway – and rookie head coach Jay Gruden broke the cardinal rule of team sports by airing their dirty laundry outside of the locker room.
Few are worse at public relations than the Redskins. A year after Griffin and former head coach Mike Shanahan engaged in an unnamed sources war of words, the quarterback and his new coach’s tit-for-tat continues Washington’s long string of PR fumbles. It was another instance in which the team did not present a unified front at moment when solidarity was required.

Washington is also perceived as out of touch. Owner Daniel Snyder and his franchise have appeared old fashioned, insensitive and even combative during ongoing controversy surrounding the team’s mascot. Attempts to connect with the Native American community have been criticized as contrived and disingenuous from members of both the local and national media.

Magnifying all of the Redskins’ PR issues is the fact that players, Griffin in particular, never stop talking. Case in point, Griffin’s press conference following the Tampa loss. Initially the former Heisman Trophy winner followed in the footsteps of all great signal callers before him and shouldered the blame for the embarrassing setback. He should have stopped there but instead went on to say it’s a complete team effort and that no quarterback can win on his own. One would never hear Tom Brady or Peyton Manning utter similar phrases.

Whether than speaking for themselves, Redskins players should only discuss the team. Sure it’s boilerplate, one-game-at-a-time, clichés, but it’s a formula winning organizations employ. Don’t rock the boat, particularly when you’re losing. However the chatter is sure to continue as Washington plays out the final six weeks of what is looking like another last place campaign.

For the most part the hospitality industry is on top of the PR game. However it should remain cognitive of the Redskins’ miscues in order not to suffer similar embarrassments.


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