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ISAE would like to say THANK YOU to all of our 2015 Summer Session hosts and sponsors:|
|St.Louis Union Station – DoubleTree
Lodging Hospitality Management
Hilton at the Ballpark
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission
Conn’s Hospitality Group
Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort
||Naperville Convention & Visitors Bureau
DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau
Chicago Marriott Naperville
Best Expo, Inc.
Hilton Indian Lakes Resort
Summer Session recap from ISAE Special Events Co-Chair Kristen Butcher, CMP
The 2015 Summer Session was a success with more than 50 planners with hoteliers, sales representatives,and president/owners to network and experience so many special facilities and landmarks that St. Louis had to offer in three fun-filled days. This premiere networking event offers continuing education geared towards association professionals and our industry partners. Our total attendance for this event was 115, up 30% from 2014.
This year's Special Events Committee took a different spin on the Wednesday afternoon event by offering a special event at the Ballpark Village to watch a Cardinals game. We sold over 90 all-inclusive tickets. This opportunity offered our attendees the ability to network with all who attended the game – not just your golf foursome. We highly recommend a similar event where all participants can network with one another versus just your foursome. We also included a networking game to encourage those to meet new faces.
Our host this year, St. Louis Union Station – DoubleTree took us on a fabulous train ride across the Mississippi River and back while having fabulous desserts and cocktails and you guessed it…more networking. This was the perfect ending to this year’s Summer Session. Everyone will continue to talk about the ISAE 2015 Summer Session in St. Louis!
The RFP for the 2016 Summer Session has been sent out to member Convention & Visitors Bureaus as well as Industry Partner hotels. We challenge you to think outside the box when creating the perfect Summer Session agenda!
Contact Destiny at the ISAE Office at 217-753-1190 for more information and details regarding Summer Session 2016.
Power of Associations Study
ASAE has unveiled its latest Power of Associations Study, an objective snapshot of the U.S. association community. Get details of the study by clicking here.
Brenna Venvertloh, MBA, CMP, Meeting Planner with Association Central, Inc. has received her CMP. Congrats, Brenna!
ISAE would like to extend a welcome to our newest members:
Brett Hoffman, Illinois Chiropractic Society
The latest issue of ASAE Inroads is out. The topics included in this edition are:
Ryan, Boustany aim to revamp international tax policy
House appropriations bill cuts IRS budget again
Ryan, Hatch demand IRS documents on political activity
ASAE names 2015 Power of A award winners
House Republicans introduce ACA alternative bill
Read the entire issue of ASAE Inroads here.
Always keep up with ISAE through the ISAE Blog.
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