Highest Attendance in Five Years for the 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition; Participants Learned, Gave Back to Dallas Community

WASHINGTON— During 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 11-14, more than 6,000 association professionals and industry partners gathered in Dallas, which is the highest attendance since Chicago in 2007. Attendees chose from more than 120 education sessions led by some of the most renowned association and business leaders, numerous networking events and seven hours of time in the expo hall.

WASHINGTON— During 2012 ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition, August 11-14, more than 6,000 association professionals and industry partners gathered in Dallas, which is the highest attendance since Chicago in 2007. Attendees chose from more than 120 education sessions led by some of the most renowned association and business leaders, numerous networking events and seven hours of time in the expo hall.

ASAE attendees raised $61,442 for the North Texas Food Bank, which was ASAE’s Community Connection this year. The donation provided meals for 12,288 children. Money was raised through its Community Connection project, Dallas Double Take Tours, 5K Walk/Run and Fun, Dallas CVB, ASAE Foundation, companies, and attendees, and all money collected benefited the Food 4 Kids backpack program.

ASAE and American Forests will plant a tree for every person who participated in the meeting, which will be more than 6,000 trees in the state of Texas. This effort, part of American Forests’ new Meeting ReLeaf program, offsets the carbon footprint of the meeting and augmented ASAE’s broader sustainability efforts.

“We had our largest attendance since Chicago and this illustrates the value of face-to-face meetings,” said ASAE President & CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “It was a fantastic meeting with the different learning sessions and speakers, and buzz from the meeting was extremely positive. I’m very proud of the association community because they not only took part in learning, but they also donated time and money that will make a lasting impact in the Dallas community.”

The final attendance breakdown includes: 2,780 executives, 1,861 exhibitors, 1,369 others, including guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors and staff, for a grand total of 6,010.

A total of 408 companies representing 716 booths. The ratio at the expo hall was 60 percent buyers (association staff) to 40 percent sellers (industry partners), which is a strong ratio.

During the annual meeting, the ASAE Foundation raised more than $330,000 through gifts and different events, including the 1,889 Classic event attendees, 11 silent auction packages, numerous memorabilia items, and a golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club.

“The collaboration between ASAE staff, volunteers, leadership, committee members and the entire Dallas community made this year’s event an outstanding meeting. Dallas did an excellent job hosting our event, and our members’ noticed the effort and hospitality. They returned home with fantastic experiences and learned more about what Dallas has to offer,” added Graham.

At the Annual Press Conference on Monday, Graham revealed new ventures for ASAE, a case statement for Diversity & Inclusion, and association lobbyist guidelines revisions. The board also approved the Program of Work for 2013.

In the Opening General Session, attendees heard a debate between Democratic Strategist James Carville and Republican Strategist Karl Rove, which was moderated by Michelle Bernard, political analyst for MSNBC. The panel discussed the Republican vice presidential candidate and major issues facing the country.

During the Closing General Session, speaker Dan Pink, author of four provocative books about the changing world of work, discussed his new book and how everyone is in a position of sales. Attendees left the conference thrilled and looking forward to the 2013 Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, August 3-6, 2013.

Joseph M. McGuire, CAE, president of the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers, and Arlene Pietranton, Ph.D., FASAE, CAE, chief executive officer of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, officially assumed leadership roles on the ASAE board. In Fiscal Year 2013, which begins September 1, McGuire will serve as Chairman of the ASAE Board. Pietranton will become Chairman-Elect and Chairman of the ASAE Foundation Board.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sabrina Kidwai, [email protected], 202-326-9505.

About ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.

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