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January 10, 2011 
Trade Showtopia

The largest trade show in the Americas wrapped up yesterday with over 120,000 attendees and exhibit space covering the size of 35 football fields. That's right, we're talking about the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Consumer Electronics Association CEO Gary Shapiro spoke at ASAE's recent Tech Conference about what goes on behind the scenes.
International CES
Planning for International CES happens so far in advance that Gary says he spent much of his time leading up to the event focusing on the 2012 rather than the 2011. He also shares that one of the things that made the trade show as successful as it is today was simply adding the word "International." That made the "biggest difference in the world and it was virtually a free change," Gary says. "All of a sudden we started getting a lot of international people coming, and it became the international event." Today, the show attracts 20K people from 130 countries.
International CES ribbon cutting ceremony
Here's Gary with industry execs at the ribbon cutting ceremony. He says some of the big trends this year are tablets (over 80 different models are being shown at CES), Internet-enabled everything (from TVs to cars), and apps. "2011 will be the first year for us where we will not see a single hardware category that will not exist without applications," Gary says. "In other words, everything is going to have apps." International CES has its own app to help people navigate the massive show. Its "Follow Me" app provides real-time updates for attendees to track exhibitors they're interested in and plan their routes to meetings.

New Congress
ASAE Public Policy SVP Jim Clarke
Now that new members of Congress have been sworn in (all of them this time) and Speaker John Boehner has been granted his giant gavel, we caught up with ASAE Public Policy SVP Jim Clarke to hear what's in store for associations. Though it's too early to say much, and many committee appointments are still up in the air, Jim re-emphasized that health care will be a major issue of dialogue in the coming session. He says he's also getting "good vibes" that Congress will change the reporting requirements for Form 1099, which would force organizations to issue forms to all vendors from which they buy more than $600 in goods or services in a year. He says it will be a major focus at ASAE's annual American Association Day fly-in in March.
Capitol Building
Congressman Dave Camp, who was elected chair of the Ways and Means Committee last week, has said he wants to simplify the tax code, though it's too soon to say specifically what changes could take place. "For associations that are creatures of the tax code, we have to watch that closely," Jim says. He adds that the IRS announced last month it would begin looking more in depth at 501(c)(4)s, (c)(5)s, and (c)(6)s. For the past decade, the IRS has concentrated on 501(c)(3)s, particularly on issues of executive compensation and transparency.

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