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Scenes from industry events in Las Vegas last week (IMEX America, MGM Resorts Meeting Planner Recipe Showdown,
Southwest & Pacific PCMA Chapter’s Annual Fundraiser & Roast, and CIC Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Awards Gala).
Photo credit: Chuck Fazio for MGM Resorts, Jim Henderson, and IMEX America

CIC Rocks Out with Hall of Leaders Dinner

The MGM Grand Resort & Casino was a rockin’ on Oct. 12 and the meetings industry came a knockin’ for the CIC Hall of Leaders & Pacesetter Gala.


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Miami Commission Approves Convention Center, Hotel

The Miami City Commission gave the nod on Oct. 7 to plans for a new downtown convention center and 1,800-room hotel to complement the Miami Beach Convention Center.

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Brian Stevens Honored at PCMA Southwest & Pacific Annual Fundraiser & Roast

Comedy and charity coincided on Oct. 13 at The Mirage Las Vegas during PCMA Southwest & Pacific Chapter’s Annual Fundraiser & Roast Honoring Brian D. Stevens, President & CEO of ConferenceDirect.

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Loews Chicago Hotel Signs On as
Forty Under 40® Title Sponsor

Scheduled to open next March, the Loews Chicago Hotel has a bright future in the Windy City’s hospitality market. Recognizing association professionals who also have promising trajectories, the property has agreed to become a Title Sponsor of the Association Forum of Chicagoland and USAE’s Forty Under 40 Honors program.



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Just Get Jeter

By Todd McElwee

Tap into your war chest ASAE, it’s time to book the most memorable Opening General Session keynote speaker in the long and storied history of your ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition.

Don’t hold it against him that he’s currently unemployed despite the fact that he’ll only be 41 when the show lands in Detroit from Aug. 8-11. Born in New Jersey, he was raised in Kalamazoo, so his ties to Michigan are strong. Most importantly, I’m certain the stage won’t be too big for him, having performed his best when the spotlight was brightest.
As I said, this will likely cost you a pretty penny, but booking Derek Jeter would be worth every cent. (And this is coming from a Baltimore Orioles fan. I’d publish this entire piece in an orange and black font if I could as the O’s begin their playoff run.)

Nobody, regardless of condition following the Opening Night Reception, is missing the Captain. Jeter isn’t another one of the outside-of-the-box thinkers who commonly appear at trade shows; he’s an on-the-diamond legend with matinee idol good looks and a streak of success much longer than any of the pinstripes that famously adorned his uniform—which is the best selling athletic jersey of all time. The Cobo Center may not be able to accommodate the crowd, so the Detroit Tigers’ Comerica Park might have to be enlisted.

Leadership, accomplishment, teamwork, and professionalism—Jeter personifies all of these qualities. Who over the past 20 years has been more associated with winning? Nobody. His reputation amongst the public and his peers is impeccable, evident by the amount of accolades he received during his farewell season. Obviously, he has enough stories to fill an hour. Obviously, everyone would listen. Plus, think about how much an ASAE Foundation auction item including a post-General Session meet and greet would generate.

Make the call ASAE. Make it today.

 

 

 

 


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