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The International Association of Conference
Centers Elects New Directors
(St. Louis, MO) - December 1, 2006 - The International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) has announced the election of new directors for a two-year term from January 1, 2007 through December 31, 2008.

Those re-elected to the Board include 

  • Jo Bates, Dow Leadership Development Center at Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI; 
  • Mike Fahner, Lodging & Hospitality Consulting, Berwyn, PA; 
  • T.J. Fimmano, GE Crotonville, Ossining, NY; 
  • Chris Hayes, S.C. Johnson, Racine, Wisconsin; 
  • Rosemary Jablonsky, Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center, Grapevine, TX; 
  • Ted McCallum, The Millennium Conference Center, New York, NY; and 
  • Larry Pearl, Sodexho Conferencing, Sacramento, CA.
Newly elected to the board were 
  • Steve Sackman, Tarrytown House Estate, Tarrytown, NY; 
  • Ellen Sinclair, Benchmark Hospitality, The Woodlands, TX; 
  • Leslie Vanderzwet, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada; and 
  • Scott Johnston, BMO Financial Group Institute for Learning, Toronto, Canada.
The Board of Directors has a total of 20 elected members and is comprised of persons who represent Active, Allied, Affinity Partner or Corporate Headquarters members in good standing.

IACC President Jeff Farina, stated, "The election of this new group is a high water mark for IACC. They bring a wide range of skills and experience to the table and they will be instrumental in taking our organization to the next level."

As the governing body of IACC-North America, directors are actively involved on all its operating committees and task forces including Annual Conference, Quality, Marketing, Membership, Leadership Development and the IACC Learning Network.

IACC was organized to provide and promote market awareness of conference centers as offering separate, distinct and special places and services; to collect and distribute information on the industry and its trends; to provide an exchange of experiences among its members; to address common problems, needs and opportunities; to provide programs and services that assist members in operating more effectively; and to respond to the needs and interests of conference center users as determined by the Board of Directors.

Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, the International Association of Conference Centers, founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry. Active members meet a set of stringent Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan.


James M. Mahon
Director of Marketing  and Public Relations
914 548 5835


Also See: IACC's Seal of Approval Provides Conference Center Hotels that Extra Something; Provides Meeting Planners with an Up-front Statement of Quality / November 2006
The International Association of Conference Centers Brings Clarity to it's Mission to Champion the Conference Center Concept / May 2006

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