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IACC Appoints Six to Technology Advisory Task Force
Kevin Rupp Named Chair


St. Louis, MO -  7 June 2008   -- The Board of Directors of the North American Chapter of the International Association has announced the formation of a Technology Advisory Task Force in an effort to raise the bar on conference technology provided by IACC-member properties. 

According to IACC President, Neil Pompan, "our goal is to ensure that IACC membership technology criteria are always on the cutting edge of what meeting planners and attendees require to implement a successful meeting.  As the organization that defines a successful meeting experience, IACC must always strive to be not only current in its membership requirements, but forward thinking". 

The Task Forces is comprised of senior-level technology professionals representing all the major technology providers and designers in the United States.  Their mission is to regularly review IACC' s technology requirements and both keep them current with today's technology needs as well as   predicting technology trends for future criteria consideration.   "If planners need more sophisticated technology for their meetings," Pompan observed, "our members should offer it to them as part of their package."

The IACC Technology Task Force
Kevin Rupp
General manager
The Council House
Racine, WI  533402

Mike Uwe Dickersbach
VP Information Systems & Technology
Thayer Lodging Group
Annapolis, MD  21403

Jeff Loether
Electro-Media Design, Ltd.
Rockville, MD  20852

Richard Cohen
Vice President, Sales
PSAV Presentation Services
Beachwood, OH  44122

Chris Donaldson
Multi Media Services
Atlanta, GA  30339

Steve Smith
IACC Director of Quality Services
St. Louis, MO  63141

In the near future, according to Steve Smith, IACC director of quality services, the task force will make recommendations for minimum and ideal requirements relating to sound, lighting, computer technology, and presentation technology that will apply to conference rooms as part of the Universal Criteria. 

The task force is currently developing a glossary of terms as part of a report on Design for Improved Conference Technology in order to more clearly define and standardize emerging technology relating to audio, visual, lighting, acoustics, production, and infrastructure.  According to Kevin Rupp, General Manager at The Council House and Chair of the Technology Advisory Task Force, "technology has evolved to become a significant part of the meeting experience, and we are committed to keeping our member conference centers at the forefront of emerging trends and developing technology."

Founded in 1981, the International Association of Conference Centers is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry and to giving member properties the tools necessary to provide an exceptional meeting experience. Active members meet a set of stringent Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics. Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, France, England, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan. For more information, visit the website at  IACC = exceptional meeting experiences.


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

Also See: Benchmark Appoints Kevin Rupp General Manager for SC Johnson's The Council House and Wingspread, Racine Wisconsin / October 2007
IACC's Seal of Approval Provides Conference Center Hotels that Extra Something; Provides Meeting Planners with an Up-front Statement of Quality / November 2006


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