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The Events Industry Council (EIC) Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration was Sept.10 in Las Vegas during IMEX America at LIGHT Nightclub at MGM’s Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino. Shown here with Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE, Chair, EIC; and Amy Calvert, CEO, EIC, are this year’s Hall of Leaders inductees. Left to right: Wehmeir; David DuBois, CMP, CAE, President & CEO, IAEE; Carole McKellar, CMM, Vice President EMEA, HelmsBriscoe; Michael Dominguez, President &, CEO, ALHI; Barry Smith, Executive Director, Convention Centres Canada; Calvert; and James Heller and Patrick Heller representing Anne Daly Heller, Publisher & Executive Editor, USAE. Not present for this photo was Vito Curalli, Executive Director, International Sales and Industry Relations, Hilton Worldwide who accepted the posthumous award on behalf of the late E.M. Statler.

Rossi Ralenkotter, Former Vegas CVA Leader; Loses $15,000/Month Consulting Contract in Wake of Felony Charges

By Jonathan Trager

The Las Vegas CVA has terminated the $15,000 per month contract of Rossi Ralenkotter, its former CEO, in the wake of the felony charges filed against him for theft and misconduct by a public official in connection with misuse of $90,000 in Southwest Airline gift cards.

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Events Industry Council Celebrates
Hall of Leaders, Pacesetter Honorees

By Todd McElwee

Six industry leaders garnered the spotlight in Las Vegas Sept .10, being inducted into the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Hall of Leaders during IMEX America. Four “Pacesetters” were also honored.

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IRS Proposes Regulations Allowing Nonprofits
to Once Again Stop Disclosing Donors

By Todd McElwee

In early September the IRS issued proposed regulations permitting eligible nonprofits to once again stop disclosing donors. Last summer an agency rule allowed social welfare organizations under section 501(c)(4), professional and trade associations under section 501(c)(6), and many other institutions required to file a Form 990 to cease disclosing large donors ($5,000 or more) on Schedule B of the document. Judge Brian Morris of the U.S. District Court of Montana overturned the rule in July.

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IMEX America Attendees Herald Experience

By Todd McElwee

Every autumn IMEX America is the talk of the meetings industry. And this Sept. 10-12 was no different as attendees espoused the conference’s many virtues from the tradeshow hall at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian | The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

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HOTS read that a CBS News reporter tracked down a golden retriever who was stolen from outside a restaurant. Before they entered the eatery, the Mathias family tied the leash of their dog, Lucy, to a tree. However, surveillance footage captured a woman untying Lucy, dragging the poor pooch to her truck, and driving away. Enter Matt Dougherty of CBS Houston affiliate KHOU-TV, who obtained a copy of that video. The intrepid journalist looked up the woman’s license plate number, found her address, confronted the home occupants, and retrieved Lucy before alerting the Mathias family that their beloved pet was safe and sound. HOTS has to give to give credit to Dougherty for being one dogged reporter!


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