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Meet your ISAE 2016 President|
Cheri Breneman is the Executive Administrator for the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts. She has been serving their 675-member organization along with one staff person and a few contractual services for eleven years. Cheri discovered the unique world of association work as a new hire in 1999 for Management Resource Specialists where she assisted two state associations and one international association and was introduced to ISAE. She has worked and has planned meetings for health professionals, pest control operators and jewelers. Over the years and with active involvement in ISAE, her career advanced her to the key staff person with IAFPD. She has been on the ISAE Board of Directors for six years and serving an officer position for the last three years.
Meet your incoming ISAE 2016 Directors
Kristen Ball is a Certified Meeting Professional with over 20 years of experience in meeting planning and non-profit management. She has served in various capacities at several statewide associations including Membership Director, Communications Director, and Assistant Director. Kristen also served as a grant manager and Development Director at Sojourn Shelter & Services in Springfield. In 2013, Kristen became President of Event Management Professionals Inc., a third-party meeting planning company based in Springfield. Kristen is a graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign College of Communications, and received her CMP certification in 2010.
Melissa Bealon has nearly 22 years of extensive association and event management experience gained while working "in-the-trenches." From 1994-2008, Melissa worked for Management Resource Specialists Inc., holding several titles over the years with the last being Director of Meeting Services. She planned the national events for clients as well as served as Associate Director ISAE and American Society for Pharmacy Law. Over the years she was provided the opportunity to work on a variety of interesting and unique projects that lead to earning the CMP designation in 2000. Needing a change in 2008, she started her own event management company, MB Events. Since 2014, Melissa has worked as Communication & IT Specialist with the Illinois Funeral Directors Association.
Wade Koehler, CAE, is the owner of 520 Management (Association Management Company) and serves as Executive Director for his client Foodservice Consultants Society International The Americas Division and Association Consultant for Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. He began his association management career with FSA Group in Louisville in 1996 and honed his skills while working in the collegiate conference and event field for Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University and Vanderbilt University. He created 520 Management in 2006 and earned his Certified Association Executive certification in 2014. He has planned events and traveled around the globe.
2016 Annual Convention registration
The ISAE 2016 Annual Convention & Trade Show will be Feb. 11 — less than a month away! Register TODAY! You can click here to learn more about the ISAE Convention speakers.
Get involved and maximize your membership with ISAE by volunteering for a committee. Click here to see a list of available committee opportunities and to sign up.
Plan to attend the 2016 ISAE Lunch and Learn sessions
The ISAE monthly luncheons offer a time to network, enjoy lunch with colleagues,
gain knowledge and earn CE’s all in one setting! Each luncheon is held at a
different location throughout Springfield, with a new menu every month and diverse
topics presented by speakers from around the nation. Click here for a schedule and further details.
Register here for the ISAE 2016 January luncheon with speaker Cory Jobe, Director, Illinois Office of Tourism.
ISAE is now a CMP Preferred Provider
ISAE is pleased to announce we are now a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) Preferred Provider. Stay tuned for programs where CMP credit is available.
Earn 24 CAE credits with Association Strategy Circles
Mary Byers, CAE will show you how to create a clear vision for the future of your association and a strong action plan for the present. Invest four days in 2016 to attend professionally facilitated peer-to-peer sessions in Indianapolis, enabling you to do your best work on behalf of your association. Learn more here.
Thank you for renewing!
Thank you to those who have renewed their ISAE 2016 Membership! To see a complete list of who all will be back for 2016, please click here. For those of you who haven't renewed yet, do so now by clicking here.
ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Downers Grove Visitors Bureau
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa
The Hotel Chicago
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
Kathy Aders, Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro
Ashley Grigsby, Illinois Assn of Fire Protection Districts
ISAE is looking for a few good bloggers! Click
here to submit blog post.
Give the gift of wine
Donate a bottle of wine; simply bring it to the ISAE January luncheon or drop it off at the ISAE Office. Your donations are appreciated.
Illinois General Assembly 2016 Calendar
To see a full calendar for the 2016 Illinois General Assembly, courtesy of Cook-Witter, please click here.
Download the NEW ISAE Organizational App!
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
House passes ACA repeal bill
IRS drops proposal to have nonprofits collect SSNS
IRS taxpayer advocate delivers report to Congress
Omnibus includes Cadillac tax delay, other priorities
Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.
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Association expert Amanda Myers will get you back to blockbuster with some key trends to look for in 2016 and how to use them to your advantage in the coming year.
Harvard Business Review
You might be surprised to learn that the Consumer Electronics Association is now called the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The organization behind the popular Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announced the rebrand last November in a move that garnered little attention. Most likely, the lack of any substantive reaction to the rebrand was because it’s a change that seems too little, too late. Like so many other professional associations and industry organizations, the CTA followed the conventions of association branding: update the terms, but keep the words and the acronym fairly close to the previous version. But this strategy misses an important opportunity for associations – many of which are in trouble.
When it comes to resolutions, we like to talk about things we’re going to do. But if we really want to reach our full potential, there are a few things we need to stop doing in 2016. Associations, take note. Here are 12 things to stop doing at your organization in 2016.
A study on how organizations with hybrid missions — both social and commercial — manage the inherent tensions between the two offers some guidance for associations and the membership business model.
By Robert C. Harris
Ever watch a board meeting that looked more like a volleyball game? The sport is between teams of players separated by a net, each trying to score points before the ball hits the ground. In the case of a board meeting, a director throws an idea in the air. Other directors comment and ask questions to keep it in the air, the idea is spiked a few times, and it either fails or passes. The process may go on for 15 to 30 minutes at which time another ball is served, and the discussion repeats.
Smooth the Path
We have all felt the frustration of knowing that our members only remember a fraction of the benefits they are entitled to. The benefits list is hard to remember but the experiences our members have are easy to remember. We, and they, remember how we feel. It is important that we know how we are making members feel. A great tool to do this is imaginative empathy.
To be able to reach your goals, you must set incremental check-ins and measure your progress. After all, very few people get up from binge watching their favorite show for hours on end and immediately run a marathon. Member engagement should be the same way. You need a goal and steps you can measure that lead towards that goal. Without these things in place your engagement efforts are just a lot of wasted energy.
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