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Colorful Reasons to Plan Autumn Mountain Meetings

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The leaves are turning, the weather is mild, and the rates are lower. Here’s a second look at an oft-ignored time of year for mountain meetings and events.

Get to Know: Olympia, Washington

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Despite a burgeoning craft beer scene, ample waterfront access and an abundance of meeting spaces, Shauna Stewart still points to Olympia’s people as the region’s greatest asset. “We are a community of passionate, engaged individuals all eager to make a difference,” says Stewart, executive director of the Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater Visitor & Convention Bureau (OLTVCB). 

Visit Seattle Appoints New National Account Director

On Oct. 24, Visit Seattle appointed Charles Pinckney as the convention sales national account director. In his new role, he will be responsible for the Chicago area and the international market.

Pinckney graduated from Western Oregon University with a degree in international studies and two minors—one in German and another in political science. Pinckney has worked as account director, global sales North America, for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide; and most recently as associate director of sales Sheraton Grand Chicago/Westin River North in Chicago.

New Convention Industry Council Board of Directors Announced

The Convention Industry Council Annual Meetings of Members was held on Oct. 20. This year’s meeting introduced the newly elected CIC Board of Directors.

Susan Robertson, CAE, executive vice president, ASAE, and president, Center for Association Leadership in Washington, D.C., was elected as the new CIC board chair; the position was previously held by Bonnie Fedchock, who completed her term. 

Visit Seattle Employee Honored in PCMA’s 20 In Their Twenties

Tessa Kalfell, the convention services manager at Visit Seattle, has been named to the Professional Convention Management Association’s “20 in their Twenties” list. This recognition is awarded to emerging industry leaders.

“I am so honored to be named one of PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties this year,” says Kalfell. “I’m looking forward to the connections I’ll make in the coming year, growing my business relationships and building a network of peers outside of Seattle who I can collaborate with and go to with questions and ideas.”

Get Creative Juices Flowing with Awe-Inspiring Art Venues

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There are places in the U.S. mountain west and western Canada that are so stunning, they can’t help but inspire brilliance. The Rocky Mountain backdrops and vivid contrasts of seasons have long drawn artists who come to spark their imagination. Meeting planners also can stimulate inventiveness by hosting gatherings in these three communities of varying sizes where creativity thrives. 

Boeing Celebrates its Centennial in 2016

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In 1916, young William Edward Boeing built and flew his first aircraft, Bluebell, in Seattle, and the Boeing Airplane Company—and a valued community partner—was born. Ever since its first charitable contribution in 1917—a University of Washington wind tunnel that’s still in use today—the industry leader has been giving back locally, regionally and globally.

Yakima Central Plaza Begins Construction

Yakima Central Plaza has been approved for development and construction in Yakima Valley, Wash. This will be a $12-million dollar project to convert a parking lot into a public gathering and event space that will be used year-round.

“The plaza will provide a new, dynamic amenity for our residents while attracting visitors and meetings to Yakima,” says John Cooper, president and CEO of Yakima Valley Tourism and a member of the Plaza Steering Committee. “It will be the place everyone gathers to celebrate and enjoy what makes the Yakima Valley special.”

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