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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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Building the Bridge for a Successful CEO Change

Many associations today are experiencing or anticipating leadership transitions as long-time CEOs/executive directors reach retirement age. But not all organizations are doing the succession planning they should be. “No one really wants to have the conversation,” observed David Martin, managing partner with Sterling Martin Associates, an association CEO search firm. If the CEO brings up the conversation, the board might think the ...

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What’s New: Oklahoma

Largest Event Space in Oklahoma Opens in OKC The official ribbon cutting took place this past January for the 290,000 square-foot Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park. The first event to be hosted in the Bennett Event Center was the Oklahoma Home + Garden Show January 20-22. The new building offers, among other amenities, 200,000 square feet of contiguous floor space. The ...

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Quick Tips: New & Renewed, Growing Your Brand

What’s New & Improved? The New Marriott Marquis Houston: A River Runs Through It It’s likely you’ve already seen the phenomenally cool Lone Star State-shaped “lazy river” atop the roof at the new Marriott Marquis Houston, which had its grand opening in April. It’s also likely you might be thinking of hosting an event on or overlooking that $10 million Parkview Terrace – ...

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A Knockout Social Media Campaign

This spring, the Real Estate Council of San Antonio(RECSA) hosted an annual event called Fight Night in which real estate professionals from around the area duke it out to help raise money. Like many associations, this event is a huge non-dues revenue generator, so promoting it successfully is more than necessary. RECSA contracted strategic communications agency the Whittington Group to help ...

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