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On Dec. 5, Texas CVBs held a holiday reception at Oyamel Cocina Mexicana in Washington, D.C. The event was organized by J Shea Inc.
Left to right: Tyler Orwig, Director of Sales, Visit San Antonio; Kristen Parker, Director of Eastern Regional Sales, Visit Austin; John Solis, Sr. Vice President of Sales, Visit Houston; Lori Mansell, State & National Association Sales Manager, Visit Irving; and Alex Redlin, National Sales Manager, Executive Business Meetings, Visit Fort Worth.

IAEE Making It Easy for Attendees at Expo! Expo!
in New Orleans

By Todd McElwee

Truly, it will not be difficult for attendees of Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to find their path during the conference’s Dec. 11-13, run in the Big Easy. In New Orleans IAEE has lined up an engaging slate of education, business and networking for its signature event dubbed the “show for shows.”

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Virginia Beach Pushing for
Convention Center Headquarters Hotel

By Grant Broadhurst

Virginia Beach wants a headquarters hotel with at least 400 rooms, and the City Manager is on board.

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Jerad Bachar Tapped as Executive Vice President for VisitPITTSBURGH

By Jonathan Trager

Jerad Bachar, CDME, who currently serves as the Executive Director of the Economic Development Board for the country of Bahrain, has been hired as the new Executive Vice President for VisitPITTSBURGH.

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Daniel McKinnon Reflects on IAEE Chairmanship

By Todd McElwee

Daniel McKinnon believes in the adage a rising tide lifts all ships. It’s a notion the Vice President Global Client Solutions – Freeman XP has applied to his term as IAEE Chairman, and one he believes has positioned the association he’s been associated with for a generation for future success.

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Snowloose… It’s just like Footloose (starring Kevin Bacon) except with snowballs and none of that teen angst nonsense. CBS Denver reported Dane Best, 9, recently learned that snowballs are illegal in his hometown of Severance, Colorado, because of a 98-year-old ban on “missiles.” This apparently includes snowballs because there’s no meaningful difference between a brick, a snowball, an arrow and cruise missile. Best found this law silly, but his judgment may have been clouded by his own criminal behavior. After all, he had broken the (unenforced) law before by throwing icy balls of doom at other people. So he asked his mother if he could change the law. Anyway, he presented his case to the town council on December 3 and convinced them to take steps to legalize snowballs while keeping the ban on missiles generally. HOTS applauds the young fellow’s interest in the workings of our republic, but HOTS hopes the new law doesn’t result in sledding down a slippery slope. Today it’s snowballs thrown by kids. Tomorrow it’s weapons-grade snowballs fired out of howitzers in a ceaseless conflict.


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