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Kozue Honda Elected to IACC's
Global Board of Directors
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(St. Louis, MO -  June 2005 )  -  International Association of Conference Centers Global President, Bob Johns, has announced the election of Kozue Honda to IACC's Global Board of Directors with the continued anticipation of strengthening and expanding the association's presence around the world. 
 
Kozue Honda, general manager at Benchmark Japan's Tokyo Conference Center Iidabashi and Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa, was elected to the Board to further expand the boundaries of IACC's global organization in the Pacific Rim and other parts of Asia.  As Director of Project Development for Benchmark Japan, Ms. Honda worked with Benchmark chairman & CEO Burt Cabañas in 1992 to conduct market research on the potential conference center demand in Japan.  In 1999, she opened Tokyo Conference Center Iidabashi as general manager and went on to open Tokyo Conference Center 
Kozue Honda 
Shinagawa in 2003. 

Ms. Honda spent ten years as Secretary General of a Japanese governmental organization involved in the specialized committees committed to city planning and environmental issues.  Additionally, she was a student of Human Factor Research and worked as an independent consultant on numerous projects, including corporate strategic planning, marketing research and management training.

In accepting the new position with IACC, Ms. Honda said, "I am very pleased to accept this challenge and to continue to promote the conference center concept in the emerging Asian market.  I look forward to helping expand the IACC concept and promoting the Universal Criteria."

Founded in 1981, IACC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness of the conference center industry.  The current 400 member facilities must meet a stringent set of Universal Criteria which have consistently set apart IACC conference centers from hotels or other meeting venues.  The association currently has member chapters in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, United Kingdom, Australia and Japan.

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Contact:
IACC
James M. Mahon
Global Director of Marketing
and Public Relations
914 548 5835
JMahon@IACConline.org
Also See: Jeffrey Farina, Chief Development Officer, Benchmark Hospitality International, Elected President of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) / November 2004
Benchmark Japan Opens Second Center in Tokyo, Tokyo Conference Center Shinagawa / September 2003

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