2015 ADME International Annual Conference was a Success!
I had the privilege of attending the 2015 Association of Destination Management Executives International (ADMEI) Annual Conference in Los Cabos, Mexico on behalf of Hosts Global Alliance this February. Combined with 14 other Hosts Global Alliance DMC members, we experienced two and a half days of education, team building, and networking targeted for our industry. How enlightening it is to be amongst your peers in your industry that truly understand exactly what you do on a daily basis, your struggles, and why your triumphs are so triumphant.
The conference was filled with top quality speakers such as Steve O’Malley of Maritz Meetings, Richard Allchild of IMEX Group, and Lisa Grimaldi of Meetings and Conventions Magazine. We reviewed The life of a Program through a Keynote Session led by Gene Rubenstein of Fidelity Investments, Bonita Boisner of AIMIA, and Wayne Robinson of Northwestern Mutual, and then we enjoyed even more targeted breakout sessions specific to attendees viewpoints in the areas of sales, operations, and ownership. We also heard results of the Economic Impact Study report prepared for ADMEI by the University of New Orleans Divisions of Business Reseach. This study showed extremely positive results and that when looking at a sampling of Tier I – Tier III cities that just under $1,000,000 USD was being spent in our industry, with DMCS supporting over 9,000 jobs being created in 2013 (just within their sampling of cities). The conference wrapped up in grand style on February 14th with the ADMEI Achievement Awards Gala, where we gathered as a DMC community to highlight and congratulate the best of the best in our industry.
ADME International is the global voice of the destination management industry and the premier resource for education, standards, and practices within the DMC industry. It was an honor to watch Hosts Global CEO, Jennifer Patino, DMCP, conclude her presidency of ADME International and hand the presidential baton over to HGA member, Bent Hadler, DMCP of Hadler DMC Scandinavia. Bent was the first Non-North American Individual to obtain DMCP Certification, and now he has become the first ADME International President residing outside of the United States. It’s always so fulfilling seeing HGA members be trailblazers in the industry. Attending this conference was truly a remarkable experience.