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August 21, 2012 
 
 
Biggest Meeting Since '07

 
ASAE saw its largest attendance since 2007 at its annual meeting last week. Are meetings making a comeback? Or did everyone just want to stand on the Dallas Cowboys 10-yard line?
 
ASAE annual meeting 2012
Over 6,000 ASAE members, vendors, spouses, and volunteers descended on Dallas for the four-day annual meeting, which included 120 education sessions, networking events, and seven hours of expo hall time. Cowboys Stadium was the site of the opening party, with country band Big and Rich rockin' out. Attendees were also able to tour locker rooms, press rooms, and play games on the field. (No, there weren't any scouts in the bleachers.)
 
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ASAE president John Graham
ASAE president John Graham says the biggest attendance means people still crave face-to-face meetings. The crowd was made up of 2,780 execs; 1,861 exhibitors; and 1,369 guests, spouses, press, volunteers, vendors, and staff. It also included 408 companies at the expo, with a “strong ratio” of 60% buyers and 40% sellers.
North Texas Food Bank
Over $61K was raised for the North Texas Food Bank, providing meals for 12,000 children. Money was raised through the Community Connection project, Dallas Double Take Tours, 5K Walk/Run and Fun, Dallas CVB, ASAE Foundation, companies, and attendees. ASAE and American Forests also planted a tree for every attendee as a way to offset its carbon footprint.

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Celebrity Chefs at Bisnow Restaurant Summit
 
Equinox owners Todd & Ellen Gray
You know all the trends: Burgers. BBQ. Cupcakes. Pizza. Pop-ups. Food Trucks. What's next? What's a fad, and what's here to stay? Where’s the next hot neighborhood for restaurants—H Street NE or Petworth? Join us for our Restaurant Summit Wednesday morning, August 29, at the spectacular Park Hyatt. Speaking: Equinox owners Todd & Ellen Gray, Black Restaurant Group’s Jeff Black (Black Salt, Black's Bar & Kitchen, Addies, etc.), Taylor Gourmet co-founder Casey Patten, DC Restaurant Association prez Lynne Breaux, Alchohol Beverage Regulation Administration’s Fred Moosally, Douglas Development’s Norman Jemal, and DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs director Nick Majett. Sign up now!

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Tech's Lobbying Man
 
Techamerica's Trey Hodgkins
Trey Hodgkins has spent the last seven years convincing lawmakers to be kind to the tech industry. He’s now taking on a new role at DC-based TechAmerica, heading up the entire global public sector government affairs group, with the departure of 31-year vet Olga Grkavac. He tells us he’ll bring on two new lobbyists to enhance the small group and replace vacant positions, and expand the public policy focus internationally. “We want to make sure companies are diverse enough to get through short-term bumps and expand their markets,” he adds.
 
Techamerica's trey hodgkins
Trey describes public policy toward government tech contractors as a swinging pendulum. In the '90s, it swung in favor of tech companies, but now commercial companies have lots of hoops to jump through if they want to sell their wares to fed agencies. The father of two and Louisiana native says his best advice for any new lobbyist: know the legislative process and the players behind it. And know where to decompress: Trey, who’s been in DC since ’88, goes to a family farm home in rural Pennsylvania.

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20 Years At The ASCD Helm
 
ASCD's Gene Carter
Dr. Gene Carter knows some things about running a large association: Make sure everyone gets a chance to be a leader and take risks. Gene, a Staunton, Va., native and former teacher, recently celebrated two decades of running ASCD, a 150,000-member association of educators. Above, ASCD prez Debra Hill presents the 20-year award. During that time he formed new partnerships with for profits and non-profits like McGraw-Hill and the Gates Foundation, increased ASCD’s global presence by working with ministries of education in other countries, and strengthened its reputaion as a source of education trends, research, and professional practices.
 
Dr. Gene Carter
Gene’s first experience with ASCD, which started as a NEA department, was as a grad student through a mentor heavily involved in the organization. He worked in various education roles, serving as a school superintendent before heading up ASCD. He has no plans to leave his post, but in the short term he’ll hit a few golf balls and travel to South Korea next month, Singapore in November, Belgium and Germany in October, and the Caribbean in January. (All for business, he assures us.) He’ll also continue to grow the ASCD’s global presence. “Twenty years have passed very quickly and I’ve enjoyed every one,” he adds.
 
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