What's New at Annual Meeting 2010

Format changes to this year's Annual Meeting & Expo and unique places to go in LA.

If you like to eat ...

Try going the healthy route with Real Food Daily, a vegan restaurant that uses only organic ingredients. The menu includes monthly specials, a brunch menu, salads, sandwiches, pizza, soups, and more. The dessert menu features cakes, cookies, puddings, and cupcakes.

With a panoramic view of LA, fresh seafood, sushi, and Cal-Asian food, Yamashiro is the perfect place to relax and satisfy your taste buds. The menu features makizushi rolls with clever names such as Californication, Darth Vader, Hawaii Five-O, Reclining Buddha, and Comfort Me Amoré.

For those who like Italian, Angelini Osteria is the place to go. The menu offers authentic Italian cuisine and specialties such as pumpkin tortellini, breaded veal chop alla Milanese, and lasagna verde.

If you like the nightlife ...

Have you ever dreamed of dancing high up in the sky? Then Elevate Lounge is the spot for you. The lounge features a contemporary and sophisticated look, with glass walls allowing a view of downtown LA and a special indoor/outdoor design. The music heard is often a mix of hip hop, Top 40, and hits from the '80s and '90s.

If your idea of a good time includes a unique drink, leather sofas, and books, check out the Library Bar. The bar is located next to the LA Library and features a wall lined with books and signature cocktails such as Moscow Mule, Paradise Lost, Lady Chatterly's Lover, and The Willy Wonka.

Casey's Irish Pub has been a part of LA nightlife for 30 years and features a mix of a traditional Irish bar with a sports bar. Casey's offers a slew of Irish whiskeys and beers and 10,000 square feet of space with table dining, booth seating, a dart room, multiple TVs, a music stage, and reception rooms for private parties.

For more information and to register for the ASAE & The Center 2010 Annual Meeting & Expo, visit www.asaecenter.org/annualmeeting.

New at Annual This Year

Remember those surveys you fill out at the end of a conference? Well, we're putting your responses to good use. The ASAE & The Center 2010 Annual Meeting & Expo is coming to Los Angeles from August 21 to 24, and here are some exciting changes we've made based on your comments:

Education

You said: Enough with the recognition ceremonies at general sessions.
Our response:  Fewer awards and more content in the general sessions, with Monday's general session dedicated to a rejuvenated awards-recognition ceremony with emcee Joy Behar.

You said: Smaller sessions for facilitated discussions.
Our response: You got it. Choose from more than 10 "no PowerPoint sessions" where you can discuss your most pressing issues with an intimate group.

You said: We want to pick the sessions.
Our response: OK! We'll be crowdsourcing some of the sessions addressing hot topics that are breaking right now.

You said: Beef up the closing general session.
Our response: We'll have a seated lunch while you hear from Marshall Goldsmith, world authority in helping successful leaders get even better  by achieving positive, lasting change in behavior for themselves, their people, and their teams.

Expo Hall

You said: The expo hall hours are too short and too often.
Our response: The expo hours have been extended on Sunday and Monday for those of you who need a little more time. There will be no expo hours on Tuesday.

You said: I need a place to connect individually with certain exhibitors.
Our response: We're introducing the Business Connection Lounge. Schedule a private demo, present your RFP, or just catch up with your favorite sales associates in our exclusive lounge, open Sunday through Tuesday during non-expo hours.