Associations bring meetings back to Houston

Aaron Wolowiec

When the Texas Society of Association Executives gathered in Houston in September for the New Ideas Annual Conference, it was the first major event to take place in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated Southern Texas with historic flooding

TSAE Rallies to Hold First Meeting in Houston After Hurricane Harvey

Association Adviser

For TSAE, holding its annual conference in Houston after Harvey was a way to show support and solidarity with their members and friends in the area. W hen the Texas Society of Association Executives gathered in Houston earlier this month for the New Ideas Annual Conference , it was the first major event to take place in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated Southern Texas with historic flooding. Houston did a great job in support of the event, and it felt great to be there.

Houston, Dallas Convention Centers Become Storm Shelters

Associations Now

By some estimates, Hurricane Harvey, the strongest storm to hit Texas in 50 years , will drop as much as 50 inches of rain on the southeastern part of the state, straining the resources of cities like Galveston and Houston. At least one association meeting in Houston has already been canceled.

Wednesday Buzz: Houston’s Convention Center Shifts Back to Events

Associations Now

After serving as a shelter during and after Hurricane Harvey, the Houston Convention Center returns to business as usual. During Hurricane Harvey last month, Houston’s George R.

Bar Association Offers Flood-Damaged Houston Free Legal Help

Associations Now

The Houston Bar Association, responding to recent flooding that hit the city, has expanded its legal-services hotline to assist those who suffered property damage. The bouts of flooding that hit Houston over the past two weeks created a need for legal services among the city’s residents.

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KiKi L'Italien's Acronym Soup

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Making Business Sense of Climate Change ? A Green Meeting Guide


Vanessa Cotton and I reprised for another session on Tuesday at MPI’s PEC NA in Houston on the topic of “making a business case for developing a sustainable strategy” for meetings and events from a planner and supplier perspective.

Help Hurricane Harvey Victims: Where To Donate #HoustonStrong

Beth Kanter's Blog

Here’s a list of suggestions from people in my network: United Way of Houston. Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. YMCA Houston. Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

Associations Respond to Hurricane Harvey

Spark Consulting

In case you missed it, ASAE’s Collaborate forum (member login required) has recently been hosting a robust discussion of how associations are helping their members and the local community in Houston and southwest Louisiana respond to Hurricane Harvey.

Conference Souvenir Causes TSA Headaches for Sorority Members

Associations Now

As Delta Sigma Theta members were leaving Houston following their annual meeting last week, they ran into airport security problems for an unexpected reason: A large souvenir booklet apparently looked like an explosive on the TSA’s scanners.

Repaying the Favor: Louisiana Restaurant Association Mobilizes Harvey Relief Efforts

Associations Now

The response reflects the help that Hurricane Katrina victims received from Houston more than a decade ago. When Hurricane Harvey hit Houston and other parts of southeast Texas , Louisiana’s restaurant industry knew all about how bad a storm like this could be.

Hurricanes and Asynchronous Communication

Eric Lanke

We have members in Texas and Florida (Houston and Sarasota, to be precise), but everything coming out of our office was, damn the hurricanes, full speed ahead. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma were on everyone's mind these last few weeks.

Following Harvey, Meetings Change Course to Give Back

Associations Now

Hurricane Harvey severely affected residents and businesses in Houston and other areas of southeast Texas. For instance, the Society for Exploration Geophysicists’ International Exposition and 87th Annual Meeting will go on as planned in Houston later this month.

Jeff De Cagna to deliver keynote at CESSE 2013 Annual Meeting

Principled Innovation

We’re looking forward to Jeff challenging CESSE 2013 participants to think beyond orthodoxy,” said Tony Keane , president and CEO of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) in Houston, Texas, and CESSE vice president. Jeff De Cagna , chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation, has been selected as the opening keynote speaker for the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives (CESSE) 2013 Annual Meeting.

14 Blogs and Podcasts that Will Keep You Current on Online Community and Marketing Automation

Higher Logic

Their guests include social media marketers and leadership from organizations like Lenovo, Brandwatch, the Houston Texans, and the W2O Group.

ASAE12: The aftermath

Association Advocacy Chick

When I finally arrived in Dallas, I learned that my bag containing my Redskins jersey for the opening party was left in Houston. This will be the first of two posts about ASAE12. I have so many thoughts about the last few days that I needed to spread them out.

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It’s a Great Time to Be a Young Association Professional: Erin Sevitz on Working Hard, Being Agile and Leaving Your Mark

Association Adviser

When I worked for Naylor I was based in Florida, but eventually I wanted to return to Houston. While I wasn’t necessarily looking to work at an association, through the PRSA Houston Chapter job board, I found a posting for an editorial manager role with IFMA.

Beyond Folders: Dropbox Tries Reinventing the Sync

Associations Now

Best Founder Story Ever If you’re looking for an uplifting read, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston recently spoke at the commencement for his alma mater, MIT. “I took a screenshot—but then I was sick to my stomach,” Houston said in his speech.

NSA Foundation Sets Up Emergency Fund for Members After Hurricane Harvey

Associations Now

Drawing from prior experience dealing with natural disasters, the NSA Foundation acted quickly to provide assistance to the more than 80 NSA members in the Houston area. “A

Chinese Basketball Association’s New President? NBA Legend Yao Ming

Associations Now

The former Houston Rocket, who got his start with the Chinese Basketball Association’s Shanghai Sharks, was elected president of the league this week, making him the first person to take on the role who isn’t a member of the Chinese government.

If You’re Looking for a Job, Look Inland, Lists Say

Associations Now

The largest cities to get a nod on the company’s list were Houston (ninth place) and San Antonio (fourth place), and while the nonprofit hub of Washington, DC, was in the top 20 (at number 16), its position was hurt by the District’s high cost of living.

Are You Using Identity as Association Marketing Strategy

SCD Group

Houston. Sitting in the airport last Saturday, I noticed a huge number of people wearing logoed clothing that identified themselves with their team, cause, city, company. Rather than a team or cause, some were unpaid walking billboards for “cool” apparel companies.

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What’s the Big Deal About Content Curation for Associations?

Portage Group

Storify: As I write this, the biggest trending topic on storify is a stream of live tweets, photos and video of an open heart surgery in Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston, TX.

Why Is It So Hard to Sing “The Star Spangled Banner”?

Associations Now

Whitney Houston’s version before the 1991 Super Bowl is probably one of the most revered and imitated, though not always well. “We

The NBA’s Newest Star Is a Sports Scientist

Associations Now

Rogowski, who has spent much of his career working for NBA teams such as the Orlando Magic and the Houston Rockets, will now work to create new union standards for player conditioning and will make room for one-on-one time with NBPA members.

Heart Association Program Encourages Healthy Home Cooking

Associations Now

The 12-week pilot program, which focuses on single-mother or single-guardian households, will launch in Philadelphia, Chicago, and Houston and provide training in preparing healthier meals at home as well as track attitudes and behaviors regarding food and health among this population.

New Partnership to Address HIV Epidemic in Southern Cities  

Associations Now

Atlanta, Houston, Memphis, and New Orleans—cities that have been designated by the Health Resources & Services Administration as being heavily affected by the HIV epidemic—are the focus of the initiative.

Transportation Group Hopes Annual List Guides Infrastructure Decisions

Associations Now

In addition, the report identifies the states that contain the most bottlenecks: Texas is in the lead, with 10 of the listed bottlenecks in Houston.

Building and Protecting Your Association’s Brand Is Vital

SCD Group

Louis Cardinals brand – one of the icons of professional baseball – took a hit when the FBI announced it was investigating whether the Cardinals hacked into the computer system of the Houston Astros baseball club.

Pro-Cuba Trade Group Finds Support in Texas

Associations Now

“While we’ve done business in Cuba over the years … we believe there is a lot of upside for not only the state of Texas, but the Houston region,” noted Theldon Branch III, a member of the Port of Houston Port Commission, according to The Dallas Morning News.

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Groups Denounce Texas Bill as Discriminatory Ahead of Special Session

Associations Now

According to Texas Welcomes All, the state has already lost $66 million in revenue due to cancellation of events that were to have been held in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, and Arlington.

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Wednesday Buzz: Facebook Ups Its Events Game

Associations Now

Fresh off its launch yesterday, the feature can be seen by iOS-based users in Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The massive social network will now curate hot events in a new feature box.

New Campaign Celebrates the People, Experiences of Texas

Associations Now

It is sponsored by partner companies and members Visit Houston, Visit San Antonio, Discover Denton, Port Royal Resort, and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Tuesday Buzz: Boost Your Membership Renewals

Associations Now

See how one nonprofit is working to help give girls an even playing field in STEM classes, via the Houston Chronicle. Discover a cornucopia of useful tips for keeping your members happy and engaged. Plus: WordPress has news for Mac users.

FCC Fines Expo Vendor $750K for Blocking Wireless Hotspots

Associations Now

The $750,000 fine facing Smart City could have a wide-ranging impact on the space, as the company provides network service management for some of the country’s largest convention centers , including major facilities in Washington, DC, Houston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Orlando.

Monday Buzz: Why Business Principles Still Apply to Nonprofits

Associations Now

And there’s no better opportunity to launch this new campaign than during today’s Super Bowl in the energy capital of Houston, and in front of the largest audience possible.” Don’t forget that associations are still corporations despite their nonprofit status.

Standing Up for the ’Stache: Poll Seeks Model Mustached American

Associations Now

In addition to sponsoring the Goulet Award, AMI researches America’s most mustache-friendly cities (congrats to Chicago, Houston, and Pittsburgh) and the saving and spending patterns of mustached Americans.

Going Psycho on the Tarmac

Association Okie

We have all read the story about Continental Express flight 2816, from Houston to Minneapolis. What was Continental thinking? It was diverted to Rochester, Minnesota due to storms, and allowed to sit, fully loaded, on the tarmac for 6 hours before the passengers were allowed off the plane. Why does the theme song to Gilligan’s Island come to mind?).

What to Do When Disaster Strikes Your Members

Associations Now

The trade association, which represents more than 2,000 retailers, identified six members in Houston, and a key lifeline for these members, George says, was the Shop!

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Trust, Disruption & 3 other articles for association executives

SCD Group

Ultimately, transformational leadership styles lead to greater employee retention and fast adoption of new initiatives, according to Malinda Zellman, writing for The Houston Chronicle.

New Research and a Welcome Surprise from Foundation CEOs

Beth Kanter's Blog

Another Listen for Good grantee is ECHOS, a nonprofit in Houston TX that provides 1:1 application assistance to low-income individuals so they and their families can access critical medical and social services such as food stamps or Medicaid.

Social Media Optimization 2014: Twitter or Facebook?


She is a Houston based freelance writer and blogger. Guest post for SocialFish by Sarah Brooks.

Conference Circuit: Yogis Embrace Their Potential, Support Others

Associations Now

Yogis of all kinds will bring good vibes and positive energy to Houston during the Texas Yoga Conference this weekend. The Texas Yoga Conference supports yogis in their quest for self-empowerment. Plus: Black physicists redirect the conversation about scientific leadership.

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