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What’s New: Texas for Texans

Texas hospitality is one of a kind, to be sure, and while those from other places enjoy immersion in the culture via venues that are Texan through-and-through, so, too, do locals! Dallas natives love them some San Antonio charm; those from the Riverwalk city might certainly enjoy the Gulf Coast charm of South Padre Island. Read on for some unique ...

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Quick Tips: The Meetings Experience, Social Responsibility

How’s the Experience? What makes the hottest parties happening? The guest list! Without attendees, there is no event. What have you done lately to ensure their experience is everything they hoped it would be? Ask yourself the below questions and see how you measure up. ARE YOU ONLINE? Do you dread that “show up 15 minutes early for your appointment” line a new ...

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Communications Benchmarking: So Where Do We Stand?

Move over clutter, and make way for a new struggle: communicating member benefits effectively. For the first time in the six-year history of the Association Adviser Communications Benchmarking Study, associations report a new No. 1 pain point – one that has more than doubled (from 32 percent in 2011 to 68 percent in 2017) in its ranking as a communication challenge. Additional 2017 study ...

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TSAE Brings Record Attendance to Houston at First Post-Hurricane Harvey Conference

When TSAE members gathered in Houston earlier this month for the New Ideas Annual Conference, it was the first major event to take place in the city after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of the Texas coast with historic flooding. However, the message from Visit Houston and other city’s hospitality leaders throughout the three days was clear: Houston is back in ...

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Getting to Know Christopher Williston VI, CAE

At the TSAE Board of Directors annual retreat in early June, Christopher Williston VI, CAE, executive vice president, Independent Bankers Association of Texas, was installed as the 2017-2018 Chairman of TSAE. Williston has been a member since 2006 and served on the board since 2012. He has volunteered in a variety of capacities, including chairing the Magazine and Budget & ...

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What’s New: Houston, Galveston, Beaumont

Foodies Celebrate in Houston June saw a number of new restaurants open in Houston, and there’s something for every palate. Chapman & Kirby, an upscale “gastrolounge,” is the latest addition to EaDo’s rapidly growing dining and entertainment scene. Described as “steampunk industrial,” the large 9,000-square-foot space offers a sophisticated yet cool vibe with unique touches like antique mirrors, dark leather, gold accents, ...

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Quick Tips: Mountain Meetings, ASU Compliance

Meet in the Mountains Mountain meetings: fresh air, fabulous views and fun activities. All of it helps inspire creativity and collaboration — and a beautiful destination doesn’t hurt attendance! During snow season, of course, ski-centric locations come at a premium. Off-season, however, deals abound — as do some stellar activities that don’t require a ton of accessories or added baggage in the ...

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My Journey to the CAE

Judge Mark D. Atkinson JD, CAE, CEO, Texas Center for the Judiciary has been a TSAE member since 2013 and earned his CAE in February of this year. Below he shares his first-hand experience of preparing to take the CAE Exam last December and what it has meant to his career as an association executive. When I was first selected ...

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How to Avoid the IT Iceberg

The cost of information technology is bigger than you know. IT costs are sinister. You usually think you’re done paying when you buy the new computer or pay the guy who repaired the broken one. But what you probably don’t see are the costs that scrape away at your budget every single day. Because IT costs are an iceberg. Consider the ...

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Event Cancellations: When Things Don’t Go as Planned

Cancellations: They’re not a matter of “if” but “when” for your association events. That was just one of the lessons learned when a major speaker cancellation turned into a teaching experience for attendees at the Meeting Professional International 2017 World Education Congress (MPI WEC), which took place this past June in Las Vegas. Basketball legend Magic Johnson, who was slated ...

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