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Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) and Visit Seattle officials broke ground on the new Summit building on Aug. 14.
The addition, located one block north of the existing Arch building, will open in 2022. Left to right: Jeffrey Blosser, President & CEO, WSCC; Sherrif Karamat, President & CEO, PCMA; Christi Wilfong, Learning & Development Director, Programs & Events, Microsoft; Michelle Mason, President & CEO, Association Forum; Kelly Saling, Vice President of Convention Sales, Visit Seattle; Michael McQuade, Vice President of Sales, WSCC; and Rob Hampton, Sr. Vice President of Sales, Visit Seattle.

Washington State Convention Center Summit Building Breaks Ground

By Jonathan Trager

A groundbreaking for a new addition to Seattle’s convention center took place on Aug. 14, which the head of Visit Seattle said marks a “new day for Seattle and our industry.”
More than 100 people, including elected officials, hospitality and travel industry employees, and arts and cultural representatives, were on hand for the event.

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FBI Confirms $1.4 Million Embezzlement
Investigation at Sea Pines Resort

By Grant Broadhurst

Like Sherlock Holmes’ dog that did not bark, management at Hilton Head Island’s Sea Pines Resort got suspicious when certain routine invoices suddenly stopped showing up. Now the FBI is investigating.

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Sal Martino Discusses Goals as
ASAE’s Incoming Chair

By Todd McElwee

Becoming an association executive was something Sal Martino, CAE, CEO & Executive Director of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), initially did not envision. Spending 20 years in academia at the City University of New York (CUNY) Martino ventured west to New Mexico in 1999 to join the association. And even though it’s almost two decades onward he tells USAE he’s still surprised and thrilled to be in this position targeting grassroots advocacy, promotion of the Power of A, membership options and diversity for his time as ASAE Chairman.

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Michael Dominguez, Chief Sales Officer of MGM, Reflects on 35-Year Career in Hospitality

By Grant Broadhurst

Michael Dominguez, 50, Chief Sales Officer of MGM Resorts International, is a well-known face in the meetings industry and an incoming board member for ASAE and its Foundation, but he got his start 35 years ago waiting tables at age 15. Then an earthquake played a role in getting him into sales.

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HOTS read that last week in Pacifica, California, forty-five contestants engaged in a surfing competition — and they weren’t people. The World Dog Surfing Championships raised money for two animal charities. One canine contestant was Abbie Girl, an Australian Kelpie rescue who garnered the prestigious Spirit of Surfing Award for her performance and her dedication to the sport. Gidget, a pug who does turns on her board and has 70,000 Instagram fans, nabbed the great honor of best little dog surfer. Although initially concerned about the safety of the competitors, HOTS realized they could just doggy paddle if they wiped out on a wave. Tails up!


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