Foodservice Operators Can Skip the Straw with New Fabri-Kal Lids!
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (August 20, 2019) ? Fabri-Kal, known for exceptional customer service and product quality, is excited to launch their innovative Cold Drink Cup Sip Lids. Fabri-Kal?s Sip Lids are the perfect solution for foodservice establishments looking for straw alternatives. Consumer habits were researched to design a lid that is ideal for on-the-go customers. Fabri-Kal?s Sip Lids safely protect beverages while preventing liquids from splashing during transport. The Lids provide a great beverage drinking experience with a smooth beverage flow.
Fabri-Kal?s Sip Lids are compatible with Kal-Clear®, Nexclear® and Greenware® cups. The PET Sip Lid fits five popular Kal-Clear PET Drink Cups and four Nexclear Polypropylene Drink Cups. The new Greenware Sip Lid is made from plants, not petroleum, and fits three popular Greenware Drink Cup sizes. Greenware Cups and Lids are made from Ingeo biopolymer (PLA) and are compostable in commercial composting facilities, which may not be available in your area.
?Fabri-Kal is dedicated to producing innovative, stylish packaging with a reduced environmental impact,? said Mike Roeder, president and COO, Fabri-Kal. ?Our new PET Sip Lids fit recyclable PET and Polypropylene Drink Cups, and our Greenware Sip Lids and Drink Cups are commercially compostable. We are proud that all of our products are made in the U.S.A. by American workers.?
Fabri-Kal is a leading provider of foodservice and custom thermoformed packaging solutions. One of the largest thermoformers in North America, Fabri-Kal?s customer base includes foodservice operators and consumer product manufacturers. Fabri-Kal specializes in a variety of materials including renewable agricultural fiber. Headquartered in Kalamazoo, Mich., and in continuous operation since 1950, Fabri-Kal employs more than 1,000 people in five manufacturing, printing and warehousing facilities throughout the United States. More information about Fabri-Kal may be found at the company?s website, www.fabri-kal.com.
Ryman Auditorium Lands Third Major Award For Small Venues At ACM Honors
Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 1:14 pm
Ryman Auditorium was named small capacity venue of the year by the Academy of Country Music, giving the legendary Nashville room its third major award in the category this year in addition to honors bestowed at the Country Music Association Awards and Pollstar Awards earlier this year.
I.M.P. Founder Seth Hurwitz Arrested And Charged With Solicitation
Posted: 22 Aug 2019, 12:05 pm
Seth Hurwitz, chairman and founder of Washington, D.C.-based promotions company I.M.P., was arrested and charged with solicitation of prostitution of a massage and physical therapist by Maryland?s Montgomery County Department of Police, according to a police statement Aug. 21.
Germany-based, pan-European promoter and ticketing giant CTS Eventim reported significant increases in revenues and improved EBITDA across its main business segments in the first six months of this year.
Die Antwoord Pulled from Riot Fest Following Video Surfacing Of Alleged Homophobic Assault
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 9:00 pm
Controversial South African hip-hop group Die Antwoord has been dropped from Chicago?s Riot Fest lineup, and replaced by Wu-Tang Clan on Saturday night, Sept. 14. Though a reason wasn?t given for the lineup switch, it occured after a video surfaced of Die Antwoord involved in an alleged homophobic assault.
Alabama Postpones Remainder of 50th Anniversary Tour, Citing Randy Owenâ€™s Migraines
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 6:13 pm
Alabama is postponing the remainder of its ?50th Anniversary Tour? due to lead singer Randy Owen?s ongoing complications with cluster migraines and vertigo. The group had hoped to continue its record-breaking 50-city tour, but doctors have advised more time is needed for Owen to fully recover.
Seven Dates Canceled On Meek Mill And Futureâ€™s â€˜Legendary Nights Tour
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 5:18 pm
Seven dates have been nixed on the ?Legendary Nights 2019? amphitheatre tour featuring Meek Mill and Future, with shows in St. Louis, Noblesville, Burgettstown, Saratoga Springs, Albuquerque, Las Vegas and Phoenix canceled according to Ticketmaster and AXS, as well as removed from an updated tour advertisement.
HoB Music Forward Foundation Artist Ambassadors Council Launches With Carlos Santana, Khalid, Others
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 12:57 pm
The House of Blues Music Forward Foundation has named its first-ever Ambassadors Council which will include Carlos Santana, Khalid, Martina McBride, Lauren Daigle, Benny Blanco, Sofia Carson, Chris Janson, Julia Michaels and Umphrey?s McGee.
John Anderson Charms Country Music Hall of Fame and Museumâ€™s CMA Theater: Live Review
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 12:00 pm
Sitting onstage at the Country Music Hall of Fame?s CMA Theater, John Anderson smiled as he told the audience about meeting Emmylou Harris as a young artist. Dressed all in black, his eyes twinkled as he recalled every young male country singer?s fantasy.
Japan's Summer Sonic music festival celebrated its 20th edition the weekend of Aug. 16 by adding a third day to its usual schedule, and by doing so became the biggest Japanese festival of the year in terms of attendance.
AXS Names Two Ex-Eventbrite Execs To Senior Music Sales Positions
Posted: 21 Aug 2019, 11:20 am
Former Eventbrite execs Shaun Eidson and Stephanie Streeter have joined AXS as vice president of sales for music and senior director of sales for music, respectively, the ticketing company announced today (Aug. 21).
Skrillex, Bassnectar, Louis The Child, Virtual Self Announced As Headliners For 10th Annual Lights All Night
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 6:11 pm
Skrillex, Bassnectar, Louis the Child and Virtual Self will all help Dallas? Lights All Night event celebrate its 10th anniversary, which returns to Market Hall Dec. 27-28. Two-day GA tickets, as well as various VIP packages are on sale Aug. 22.
Judge Removes Three Jurors, Orders Deliberation Reset in Ghost Ship Trial
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 5:55 pm
The trial against two men charged in the fatal Ghost Ship warehouse fire in San Francisco in December, 2016 that claimed the lives of 36 people, took another turn today when a judge removed three jurors, bringing deliberations to a standstill after 10 days, according to a report in the East Bay Times.
Pollstar, VenuesNow Nominated for Three Folio Magazine Awards
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 3:15 pm
Pollstar and VenuesNow have been nominated for three awards in three separate categories for Folio Magazine?s Eddie & Ozzie Awards, honoring uncompromising journalism and design across all sectors of the publishing industry.
UTA Signs Pendulum And Knife Party For North America
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 12:06 pm
UTA has signed celebrated EDM stars Pendulum and spinoff Knife Party for representation in North America and Canada. Pendulum/Knife Party front man Rob Swire will bring their artist projects exclusively to UTA starting this summer.
James Dolan, Irving Azoff Latest Additions To VenuesNow Conference
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 11:02 am
James Dolan, chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Co., will sit down with Azoff Co. Chairman and CEO Irving Azoff to discuss MSG?s new paradigm-shifting Sphere projects and their impact on the future of global sports and live entertainment venues among other topics at the 2019 VenuesNow Conference in New York. The session is set for Sept. 10 at the Conrad New York Downtown hotel.
20/20 Summer Fest Lands at Los Angelesâ€™ Banc of California Stadium: Exclusive
Posted: 20 Aug 2019, 9:00 am
More than 75 Christian, Latin Christian and Gospel Hip-Hop artists will be on hand for the 20/20 Summer Fest scheduled for July 17 and July 18, 2020, at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. The lineup will be revealed starting in January.
Insomniac AndÂ Soundslinger Partner To Revive Okeechobee Music & Arts Fest
Posted: 19 Aug 2019, 8:00 pm
After taking a year off, Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is to return home to the Florida city?s Sunshine Grove March 5-8 thanks to a partnership between Insomniac and festival founder Soundslinger, the companies announced Monday
Black Woodstockâ€™s 50th Anniversary Concert with Talib Kweli, Alice Smith, Freddie StoneÂ Honors Past & Future (Review)
Posted: 19 Aug 2019, 3:00 pm
With the extensive festivities and media coverage this past weekend
surrounding the 50th Anniversary of Woodstock, it would be all too easy
to overlook a lesser-known golden celebration?especially one that has only
recently begun to enter the public consciousness. ?The Black Woodstock?
or The Harlem Cultural Festival as it was known more formally, was a
summer music series with political, social and cultural import that began in
the late-60s and featured a powerful line-up rivaling the landmark
festival. The event?s performers included Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone,
B.B. King, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and
Mahalia Jackson among others who played before an estimated 300,000
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. ? The Chattanooga Lookouts announced that they will become the first minor league baseball team in America to play a game that is 100 percent carbon-neutral. The ?Green Power Night? home game against Montgomery will be played Friday, August 23, and is being powered through locally-generated solar energy credits provided by EPB of Chattanooga in partnership with Tennessee Valley Authority. To celebrate this historic partnership, the Lookouts will be donning special green jerseys during the game.
?The Lookouts strive to be an environmental leader in minor league baseball, and we?re proud to have local partners like EPB and TVA help us make history on Green Power Night,? said Chattanooga Lookouts President Rich Mozingo. ?Chattanooga is our home, and every effort to help clean up the air we breathe creates a better fan experience while adding value to the community we love.?
EPB?s Solar Share, which is Chattanooga?s only community solar installation, is powering the game. Solar Share panels located along Holtzclaw Avenue will provide solar energy credits to generate the 2,500 kilowatt hours needed to power a game and support operations. This solar energy credit is equivalent to 1.98 tons of carbon.
?EPB is committed to providing energy solutions like Solar Share which gives our customers an easy and affordable way to support locally generated sustainable energy,? said EPB President and CEO David Wade. ?We are honored to power this history-making minor league game through EPB Solar Share.?
TVA, the largest public power provider in America, coordinated the partnership.
?TVA was founded on renewable energy from hydro dams 86 years ago, and today nearly 60 percent of the electricity we make is carbon-free,? said Doug Perry, TVA Vice President of Commercial Energy Solutions. ?We continue to grow and evolve our green power programs, and this game is a great example of the renewable energy solutions TVA makes available across our region to make businesses more competitive and better environmental stewards.?
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides energy and connectivity solutions as a means of enhancing quality of life and supporting job creation for customers across the Chattanooga area. EPB serves more than 170,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area. In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first, and to date, only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra Unveils Routing For â€˜Christmas Eve and Other Storiesâ€™ Tour
Posted: 19 Aug 2019, 12:39 pm
Trans-Siberian Orchestra?s Winter Tour 2019, ?Christmas Eve and Other Stories? will begin Nov. 13 in Green Bay, Wis., and Council Bluffs, Iowa, visit 66 cities for 109 performances across North America before concluding on Dec. 30.
Greenworks Commercial: Greening Stadiums and Golf Courses Through Battery-Powered Power Tools
Posted: 16 Aug 2019, 12:02 pm
By Lew Blaustein, GreenSportsBlog
Greenworks Commercial is a mid-sized company with big ideas: Disrupt the power tools market in the same way that Tesla is disrupting the auto market, through Lithium-Ion battery powered electric models that replace their dirty gasoline and diesel counterparts.
What does this have to do with sports?
That?s because it turns out that sports stadiums, arenas and golf courses use a wide variety of power tools for their daily operations.
An important part of the clean energy future can be found in a former cotton mill in Mooresville, North Carolina, not far from Charlotte.
That is where Greenworks Commercial, the B-to-B division of China-based parent Greenworks Tools, calls home. The company is pioneering the use of a wide range of electric power tools among landscape professionals, many of which are used at sports venues.
I visited Mooresville earlier this summer to see how 15 year-old Greenworks Tools is doing in its efforts to revolutionize the power tool market by electrifying/greening it, and to get a sense of where sports fits in on the Greenworks Commercial side of the business. And, in the I process, I also got to take a spin on electric power mowers that can trim the grass at a stadium or on a fairway and to use a zero-emissions leaf blower that can clean the aisles in arena seating bowls.
While Greenworks Commercial?s share of the North American power tool market is in the single digits, the three year-old Business-to-Business (B-to-B) focused division is poised for growth.
?More battery/electric-powered mowers, leaf blowers, and trimmers were shipped than gas products in North America in 2018,? reported Anthony Marchese, Business Unit Leader for the Greenworks Commercial Americas region. ?Battery/electric powered mowers sales are up 200 percent since 2015, while gas powered mowers are down seven percent. That?s because the electric powered products perform better than gas, offer better value, and of course are better for the environment.?
Tony Marchese (Photo credit: Greenworks Commercial)
Three key performance benefits were evident when I tried Greenworks Commercial mowers and leaf blowers in Mooresville:
Their products start with the push of a button or the squeeze of a trigger ? no more pulling cords and hoping the mower starts.
The electric motors weigh and vibrate less as compared to their gas-powered counterparts. That means far less user fatigue.
Like the Tesla, Greenworks products are really quiet. As in you-can-have-a-conversation-without-raising-your-voice quiet. The auditory and mental health benefits are obvious. ?Inside voice? volume levels allows landscapers to work in the growing number of cities and towns with noise restrictions in place. And, according to Marchese, quieter operation means, ?workers can start their days earlier and work later ? all without disturbing their clients.?
Electricity generated from Lithium-Ion batteries costs much less than gas¹, so Greenworks Commercial users can expect to save up 40 percent over a product?s lifetime. And with no carburetors to service, no oil to change, and no spark plugs to replace, downtime and maintenance costs are far lower for electric power tools.
Switching from gas to electric should mean a significant reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Founder and CEO Yin Chen has challenged the Greenworks team to figure out the carbon footprint of every product by the end of 2020 at the latest to help determine the scale of the company?s environmental benefits.
Yin Chen (Photo credit: Greenworks Commercial)
The time is of course right for the move to Lithium-Ion battery-powered products in the $16 billion global outdoor power equipment (OPE) market, $8.5 billion of which comes from the USA.
There?s the carbon cliff humanity is headed for at the end of the next decade if not sooner.
You know, THAT!
With the climate catastrophe, as well as air and noise pollution in mind, over 500 cities in North America have banned gas powered OPEs. And the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has mandated an 80 percent reduction in GHGs from OPEs by 2030.
Sports Begins to Go Electric, Outdoor Power Tools-Wise
When Bob Dylan ?went electric? in 1965, the music world convulsed.
In contrast, the sports venue world did not bat an eye when Mercedes-Benz Stadium went electric with their shift to Greenworks Commercial leaf blowers.
But that should change, given the results enjoyed at the two year-old LEED Platinum home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United.
It used to take 40 people 90 hours to clean the aisles in the stadium bowl after an event. Now, after switching to Greenworks Commercial, the cleanup effort takes six people working a total of five hours to clean the entire 80,000 seat stadium. ?We saved $500,000 in a year by using Greenworks Commercial leaf blowers,? said Scott Jenkins, General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Board Chair of the Green Sports Alliance. ?It?s been a home run to go electric and get out of gas. The environmental benefit is real, and it?s a money and a time saver.?
Yin Chen sees Mercedes-Benz Stadium as the launch pad to a deeper involvement for Greenworks Commercial in sports: ?We shared the Mercedes-Benz Stadium case study at the recent ACC and Pac-12 Sports Sustainability Conferences. As a result, a half dozen universities expressed interest in integrating our lithium-ion powered solutions into their facility maintenance activities.? That interest was converted into sales recently as Duke, NC State and the University of North Carolina all placed orders.
The golf industry is also proving to be a fertile market for Greenworks Commercial.
?Golf course superintendents are always enthusiastic when they come to our booth at trade shows because of our products are so quiet,? Marchese noted. ?And many courses choose us because gas can?t be used in environmentally sensitive marshes. Greenworks Commercial leaf blowers cleared the greens at this year?s US Open at Pebble Beach.?
One brake on the growth of the company?s sports business has been the insistence on the part of some venues and teams that the company become a sponsor as a quid pro quo to getting the contract. Thing is, sports sponsorship is a classic Business-to-Consumer (B-to-C) marketing tactic and Greenworks Commercial sells to businesses (B-to-B). Chen believes that enlightened venues and teams will be motivated by the significant cost savings and potential carbon footprint reductions to give the company?s electric powered mowers, leaf blowers, and more a try without the precondition of sponsorship.
Widening the lens beyond sports, the Greenworks CEO thinks very big.
?Major technological change in a business category happens only once in a lifetime,? Chen offered. ?We are at the early-to-middle stage of the gas-to-electric transition in OPE. Our prime objective, for both the Greenworks consumer and commercial businesses, is to be number one in the battery-based, electric powered OPE within the next five years. Accomplishing that goal means we will have saved our customers money, enhanced the health of the people who use our products, and helped to improve the earth?s environment.?
Role/Function: Manager, Sustainability & Engineering, Golden State Warriors/Chase Center
What He?s Currently Working On: It has been a crazy couple of months. I just started a new role as Engineering & Sustainability Manager for the Golden State Warriors, after leaving a Sustainability Operations role with the Portland Trail Blazers. Since I started, I have been working strenuously to prepare our new Chase Center arena for its grand opening in September. Despite the long work days, it?s incredibly exciting to be a part of a project that is not just looking to operate the best sports and entertainment venue in North America ? but is also looking to make it positively impactful for our people and planet.
To illustrate this commitment, I am proud to say that one of my first big projects recently came to fruition. The Warriors/Chase Center is the first NBA organization to become signatories of the UN Sports for Climate Action Framework and commit to the goals set out by the Paris Agreement. Continuing to set the bar high for sports and entertainment to make a positive social impact across its wide sphere of influence is why I work in this industry, and I look forward to what more Chase Center can do once it starts fully operating later this year!
A render of San Francisco?s Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors.
1. What was the ?aha? moment that sparked your interest in social impact?
I recall a very specific moment in 2015 when I was a young aspiring physicist working as a laboratory coordinator at the University of San Francisco. My friend nonchalantly asked if I knew about how my home island of Guam will go underwater in a few centuries due to sea-level rises caused by climate change. As a Chamorro (indigenous Guamanian) who was born and raised on Guam for the first 18 years of my life, I knew right then that mitigating that effect would be my lifelong goal. It might have been due to unfortunate reasons, but that instance became one of the most memorable and exhilarating moments of my life ? knowing that I would be working on something that I could wake up proud to do every day for as long as I live.
2. How did you break into the social impact space?
It was really through happy happenstance when I was in graduate school, getting my Masters in Green Technologies at USC?s Viterbi School of Engineering. The homepage when I logged into my school account had an online job board posting about a Disney Professional Internship within Corporate Citizenship ? Environmental Assessments. I ignored the post for a month, and it was only on a later vacation in Amsterdam that I gave the company a second look and realized the full scope and impact of what I would be doing. I applied from overseas, got the job and learned everything I know now about utilizing data science to measure environmental and social impact across the globe.
I truly thank my scientific background for the success I?ve experienced today, and I always advise people to either learn from or involve people who know how to tell stories with data on their projects. It?s one thing to start or manage a program, but it?s a totally different thing to be able to say you made an empirical impact, especially when making a business case to your upper management team.
3. What most excites you about social impact these days?
Two things have me very excited right now:
1 ? The intersection of sports and sustainability is currently in its third phase. Phase 1 focused on venue sustainability, mainly through LEED certification. Phase 2 focused on extending the boundaries outside the lines of the arena and making a positive community impact. And now phase 3 ? empowering those who do not have the resources to fight climate change, especially those most affected by it ? is starting to catch on as a legitimate course of action for teams to undertake.
2 ? Businesses are becoming more and more aware of their outdated habits. Simultaneously, more and more organizations are arising who are dedicated to helping businesses utilize social filters in their spending. For instance, whether you want to support an MWESB (minority-owned, woman-owned, or emerging small business), a B-Corporation, or a group that is part of the 1% For the Planet movement, there are many resources out there that allow almost every business decision to be filtered for positive social impact someway, somehow. I truly believe one day businesses will be able to make the majority of their decisions utilizing the social filters that are important to their organization.
Awareness around climate change and environmental issues is growing: not one day goes by without seeing videos showing animals impacted by ocean plastics or reading about the devastating effects of extreme weather events. Citizens are getting more involved, and tennis players are no exception.
A quick look at the ATP, WTA and ITF websites proves that sustainability doesn?t seem to be on their radar: the three governing structures of tennis do not, at least publicly, disclose their strategy towards sustainability or report on their environmental performance. It is no wonder that tournaments (and players!) are taking action themselves to tackle the heavy environmental footprint of the tennis tour.
Players such as Kevin Anderson, Denis Shapovalov and Dominic Thiem have regularly expressed their interest in environmental causes and promoted eco-friendly initiatives put forward by tournaments. Through his December charity event, Anderson, who had to withdraw from the Montreal event because of a knee injury, decided to donate to Ocean Conservancy, a non-for-profit working to protect the ocean from today?s greatest global challenges.
Scrolling through Dominic Thiem?s social media accounts makes it clear that it is something the Austrian also strongly cares about. The tournament?s second seed has notably been seen wearing a bracelet created by 4Ocean, an organization that has removed more than four million pounds of trash from oceans and coastlines in the past two years. After his second-round win against Denis Shapovalov, Thiem wrote ?Play 4 The Ocean? on the camera during the usual post-match stunt. ??Many players are concerned about this issue, Thiem confirmed. I think it?s pretty easy for the tournaments to improve. For example, the plastic bags used to cover the newly-strung racquets, which we don?t really need, were gone for the first time in Wimbledon??.
The Coupe Rogers presented in Montreal has decided to also remove these plastics bags, an initiative that was notably applauded by Canada?s own Denis Shapovalov. This is just one of the projects put forward by the tournament as part of their Sustainability Plan, which was elaborated eleven years ago. This plan notably includes buying carbon credits to offset the greenhouse gas emissions from the energy used on site, as well as the transport of volunteers and players, including air travel to and from Montreal.
The tournament also encourages visitors to leave their cars at home, notably through a partnership with the Société de transport de Montréal: each ticket for the tournament acts up as a free public transit round-trip ticket. Many locals, including tournament director Eugène Lapierre, bike to the event every day.
This year, the tournament is even sponsored by Recycle-Quebec, the organization in charge of promoting responsible waste management in Quebec: a squad of volunteers can be seen teaching visitors how to use the 40 recycling and composting bins scattered across the grounds. Composting, which was started in 2014, was brought to the next level in 2016 when the tournament put a policy in place for all food service items to be 100% compostable.
The tournament?s biggest sustainability challenge? ??Definitely tennis ball cans, local sustainability consultant Sara Courcelles confirmed. They are difficult to recycle with other plastics due to their metal rim??. To effectively recycle them, the tournament has set up a station where plastic and metal portions of more than 1100 ball cans were separated in 2018. Once used for practice or matches, the balls are then given to schools across Quebec to be put under chairs and desks to reduce noise in the classrooms.
Earlier this year during French Open, the four Grand Slams tournament have agreed to sign a pledge to collectively commit to measure, reduce and offset their carbon emissions through the UNFCCC?s Sports for Climate Action Framework. Later this year, the USTA will even be presented with the Green Sports Alliance Environmental Leadership Award for its commitment for waste diversion: in the 2018 edition of the tournament, 97% of the waste generated was diverted away from landfill, 75 tonnes of food was composted and a further 15 tonnes was donated to local food banks.
When asked what drives so many sustainability efforts in Montreal, Sara Courcelles was clear: ??It?s all about the tournament?s culture and strong support from management.?? As environmental issues become more and more important for players and fans, let?s hope more tournament follow in Montreal?s footsteps and global efforts are put forward by both the men?s and women?s tour. In the words of Dominic Thiem: ??I think every small thing helps a lot to help the whole big picture.??
Since 2014, stadiums and arenas have been switching their lighting systems to energy efficient LEDs at a rapid clip. John Hwang and his company, PlanLED, have been at the forefront of this shift.
One might think the move to LEDs was preordained but it was not an inevitability. There were technical challenges as well as cost issues. But Hwang saw the opportunity to make a difference.
GreenSportsBlog: PlanLED is an important Green-Sports Business story. How did you come to start an LED lighting company?
John Hwang: I was born and raised in South Korea; my family moved to Seattle in 1985 when I was 15 years old.
I started at the University of Washington (UW) but felt the need to find a meaning for my life, so I dropped out of college, eventually ended up going back to school in Kansas City, majoring in biblical studies and, became a youth pastor. It was a big commitment but also worthwhile, helping immigrant families and runaway kids from broken homes that mainstream churches didn?t do enough to help. I had 20 to 30 kids visiting me every evening, counseling them trying to help them get on track with their lives.
It was worthwhile but also a huge struggle. I was a bit naive to think that I could easily change the world. Feeling the need to recharge, I moved back to Seattle and started a family. Eventually I owned my own financing company in Seattle focused mainly on commercial and residential real estate in the Pacific Northwest.
My company did well until the sub-prime mortgage crisis hit in 2007, followed by the 2008-2009 global financial crash. It was a very tough time. I lost most of my partnerships with banks and real estate became a battlefield that, after awhile, I just didn?t have the stomach to fight in anymore. It was time for another change.
John Hwang (Photo credit: John Hwang)
GSB: So what did you do?
John: I realized that it was time for me to start something that is based on a vision for the future. In 2008, an investor friend asked me to evaluate the value of acquiring a Korea-based LED lighting company.
Korea, which in many respects, led the way on mobile phones and TVs, was also ahead of the curve on LEDs. There were about 1,000 LED companies in Korea at the time.
I told my friend, ?Let me study the US market and see if it makes sense.? In 2008, I found that in Europe, 80 percent of the lightbulbs were efficient and only 20 percent were inefficient. The US, where one third of the world?s lights were, only 20 percent were efficient which at that time, those were the compact fluorescents (CFLs) ? and 80 percent were inefficient. Energy was cheap and Americans did not like the quality of light produced by CFL?s.
LEDs, in their infancy here, offered a much higher quality of light. So my evaluation was that #1, there was a huge deficit in terms of understanding the possibilities of the advanced lighting industry here, #2, the market for LEDs was ready to grow rapidly ? in fact, the value as I analyzed it, of going into lighting was much greater than staying in real estate! And #3 there were limited financing options for lighting retrofit projects, which meant opportunity for me as I could provide the financing know-how.
GSB: Talk about good timing!
John: Indeed! Especially since there were a number of energy efficiency rebates and tax breaks both at federal and state level. It was the most attractive, powerful business opportunity I had yet seen!
So we launched PlanLED in 2009 to finance lighting projects for renovation and retrofits. Our goal to was to help Americans save energy and money, generate new jobs and improve their quality of life.
GSB: Go LED, go green and go big all at one time. How did you get started? Did your investor friend stake you to some early seed money?
John: I had lost a lot of money during the breakdown of Wall Street. In order to keep the business going, I consulted with Korean LED makers to help test products in the USA. At the same time I educated myself on LEDs, importing knowledge from overseas, and eventually became an expert. I met with manufacturers, utility providers and researchers. I began to write articles about LED lighting benefits, including the potential to improve human health and performance. In fact our first project was developing human-centric lighting for a small office space.
GSB: What do you mean by ?Human Centric??
John: Human-centric lighting answers the question ?What can new lighting technology offer to enhance human experience while reducing energy usage?? The possibilities that we discovered with LEDs were astounding ? we could reclaim the lost benefits of natural light, which would lead to improved job performance, better sleep patterns and more.
We took the LED story to Boeing for their plant in Everett, Washington, the largest building in the United States ? it is so big, you could fit Disneyland inside of it!
GSB: Did Boeing go for it?
John: It took a long time ? the technology had to mature and multiple pilot projects had to be completed with satisfactory results. Working with innovative lighting partners like GigaTera and Samjin, we were awarded the contract to shift the Everett plant to LEDs in 2017, after eight years of experimenting the possibilities with Boeing engineers.
GSB: Talk about a long sales cycle?Congratulations! How and when did you get into the sports space?
John: Thank you! Sports goes back 2010 when I got introduced to the Vulcan Group, Paul Allen?s company that, among other things, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks. It was at Vulcan where I met Jason Twill who would soon become one of the founding directors of the Green Sports Alliance. We eventually implemented human-centric, LED lighting at the Vulcan headquarters in 2012, completing the entire building in 2014.
Through Jason, I met Scott Jenkins, who then ran operations for the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park, formerly known as Safeco Field, and is the Board Chair of the Alliance. We installed human centric LEDs in the clubhouse in 2013 and then the stadium lights in 2015, making Safeco the first MLB Stadium with LED game lights.
In order to make Safeco Field the first LED stadium in MLB, we had to commit to a review process where we would retrofit just the half of the stadium with LED and let all the stakeholders join us for an evening of lighting quality comparison between old and new. If there was even one objection, it was our commitment to reinstall the old lights at our cost. Obviously, no one wanted to go back to an obsolete technology with more glare, less color and annoying flickers.
The Seattle Mariners tested the LED lighting system from PlanLED Safeco Field, now known as T-Mobile Park (Photo credit: PlanLED)
That gave us the exposure we needed to enter into the sports venue space. Eventually we brought LEDs to Yankee Stadium?
John: Yes! We then relighted the Moda Center, home of the Trail Blazers, Pepsi Center in Denver, home to the NBA?s Nuggets and NHL?s Avalanche, the SAP Center in San Jose, home ice for the Sharks and, this year, we installed LEDs at Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
GSB: What an impressive lineup! Who are your main competitors and why should prospective customers, including sports venues, choose PlanLED?
John: There are two other major sports lighting manufacturers that mainly focus on energy savings and return on investment (ROI). They also have great technology and solutions but we differentiate ourselves by offering a design that focuses on improvement of human experience.
Sports venues were slow to adopt LEDs because of the fear of unknown; broadcasters also had high expectations that we had to meet and even exceed. It took a lot of hard work and multiple pilot processes but now we have proven the new concept and we are ready to make a change in all sports applications.
GSB: What specific improvements do PlanLED lights bring to sports venues?
John: Great question. We offer improved light uniformity and our lights remove the glare. The current LEDs are great for broadcast with improved color and flicker free environment. As an example, Yankee Stadium became the first baseball venue to have game lights for the infield and the outfield, creating an ideal playing environment for football and soccer as well as baseball. Also we bring human centric lighting to clubhouses and training areas, bringing daylight benefits indoors.
GSB: What is the average return on investment (ROI) for venues that switch to PlanLED lights?
John: For arenas on energy only, right now it?s a three to five year payback. For football stadiums, which have far fewer event dates, the payback can be between ten to even twenty years or more. Baseball is somewhere in between. However the improved human experience for both athletes and fans, along with dramatic improvement in broadcast quality makes these soft benefits even greater motivation for investing in a new lighting technology.
GSB: How have players reacted?
John: They love it. Recently inducted Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera, the greatest relief pitcher of all time, often remarks that he could have extended his career another five years with LEDs. Rivera?s Hall of Fame classmate Edgar Martinez of the Mariners commented how the batters can see the ball batter with clearer view of the 108 red stitches. Tim Connelly, President of Basketball operations for the Denver Nuggets also shared with us that his players say that they shoot better with our lights.
Yankees Hall of Fame relief pitcher Mariano Rivera with John Hwang (Photo credit: PlanLED)
Ex-Nuggets player Bill Hanzlik and Ozzie Smith, another baseball Hall of Famer with the Cardinals, have joined Planled?s SHINE program to help spread our mission to bring better lighting to our schools.
SHINE is a partnership with athletes, teams and the GSA that offers lighting education programs for all age groups while generating the funding to give away LED lighting systems to underserved communities. It will work with research institutions to see if the metrics bear out our belief that lighting quality will result in better grades, fewer headaches and overall improvements for student learning.
Our ultimate goal is to accelerate the deployment of LEDs, from stadiums to schools, from hospitals to residential. Basically we?re looking to pair a disruptive technology with a disruptive business model.
Motivating the sustainability movement with love that improves life quality for our children, parents and coworkers. Then, spreading the message through the powerful platform of professional sports. This is why we do SHINE.
So far we have launched SHINE in New York City, Denver, Seattle and St. Louis, with expansion plans for San Jose, Fort Worth and Hawaii.
MINNEAPOLIS ? Just following its three-year anniversary, U.S. Bank Stadium has been designated as the first professional sports stadium to achieve LEED Platinum certification using the Arc performance platform. The stadium earned the designation using the Building Operations and Maintenance (O+M) rating system for existing buildings. LEED Platinum is the highest rating level offered through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, created by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). This prestigious recognition signifies achievements in sustainability for the ongoing, daily operations of U.S. Bank Stadium.
?Being the first professional sports stadium to receive LEED Platinum certification using Arc speaks to the importance that our stadium partners put on creating a sustainable, environmentally-friendly operation at U.S. Bank Stadium,? said Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority. ?As stewards of this facility, it is our responsibility to be on the forefront of sustainable operations. In order to achieve our goals, we have educated our staff and clients, developed sustainable processes and procedures, and invested in state-of-the-art infrastructure for our stadium.?
The recent Platinum certification is the second LEED designation for this facility. In 2017, U.S. Bank Stadium was certified LEED Gold for Building Design and Construction (BD+C).
?Sports bring people and communities together, and U.S. Bank Stadium is a space that not only unifies Vikings fans, but provides a healthy, green and high performing building for all to enjoy,? said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO of USGBC. ?The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, SMG, Minnesota Vikings, Aramark and all stadium partners understand the value of LEED and have exemplified extraordinary leadership in reshaping their community.?
The LEED Platinum achievement for Operations and Maintenance is scored on the Arc performance platform, measuring several sectors of environmental practices including water reduction, waste diversion/reduction, energy efficiency and the promotion of alternative transportation. Through its three-year history, U.S. Bank Stadium has:
SGP will be attending the Green Sports Alliance 2019 St. Louis Sports & Sustainability Symposium as a Community Partner.
Sayville, N.Y. ? The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), the leading authority in sustainable printing certification for print manufacturers, announced today its community partnership with Green Sports Alliance’s upcoming event, St. Louis Sports & Sustainability Symposium. The event is being held on August 21, 2019 at the St. Louis Cardinal’s Busch Stadium.
The St. Louis Sports & Sustainability Symposium convenes regional professional and collegiate sports teams and venues, concessionaires, business and public leaders, and athletes to explore how the industry can advance healthier, more sustainable communities.
Programming at the event focuses on venues, food, waste and energy. The day, a combination of keynotes and panels, also provides ample time for networking.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with the Green Sports Alliance by once again partnering at the St. Louis event,” states John Heaney, vice president of The Advertisers Printing Company, a certified SGP Printer. Heaney, an SGP board member, will be representing SGP in St. Louis.
As a Community Sponsor, SGP offers a discounted registration rate to those interested in attending. To save 20% on registration for the Green Sport Alliance’s St. Louis Sports & Sustainability Symposium click here.
Greg Concannon with the faculties division grounds crew tends to the culinary herb gardens on July 11, 2019. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Need some basil to garnish your pizza? Or oregano to add some flavor to your tomato sauce? Now you don?t have to run to the grocery store to get what you need. Just walk to any one of eight new herb gardens located across Northeastern?s Boston campus, including gardens outside of Stetson East, International Village, and the Visitor Center, and snip the fresh herbs you want to use to cook your favorite meals.
The goal is to reduce the carbon footprint and promote healthy eating, says Chuck Doughty, who oversees landscaping for the Facilities Division at Northeastern, which installed the gardens in June.
?I always think of driving to the grocery store and the carbon footprint that?s involved,? Doughty says. ?From a sustainability and a health standpoint, this cuts that out and brings it to a college campus.?
Prospective student Ellen Delsman cuts basil from the culinary herb garden located outside of the Egan Research Center. Photo by Ruby Wallau/Northeastern University
Each garden contains 10 different culinary herbs, including parsley, dill, thyme, and sage, and a pair of shears for passersby to snip the ones they want. A sign posted next to each garden prompts people to ?Snip it. Take it. Enjoy it.?
Doughty says all of the herbs are grown in Massachusetts using organic soil and organic fertilizer.
As a testament to their widespread appeal, the gardens have already had to be replanted ?two or three times,? he says.
?This is a nice community effort,? says Doughty, who added that Maria Cimilluca, vice president of facilities at Northeastern, came up with the idea for the herb gardens. ?We just want people to enjoy the grounds and share it.?
Arena and surrounding entertainment district ? expected to be built by 2024 ? will be LEED Gold and have environmental sustainability ?at the core of its design?
A new LEED Gold-certified entertainment district ? that will achieve ?net zero greenhouse gas emissions ? is being planned by NBA franchise, the LA Clippers.
The privately-financed development has been scheduled for 2024, when the team?s lease at the Staples Center expires, and has ?environmental sustainability at the core of its design.?
According to AECOM, the architect behind the design, the project will be built ?using state-of-the-art environmentally friendly technology? and ?sustainable construction practices?. The campus will be constructed by developer Wilson Meany.
To achieve its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions the facility will generate a portion of its energy via solar panels via a 700-kilowatt photovoltaic system (which has the capacity to generate more than one million kilowatt hours per year).
The team has also pledged to offset all unavoidable emissions generated by the new venue via carbon credits.
To achieve LEED Gold certification, the Clippers will have to gain 60-79 points, out of a possible 100, related to requirements such as water efficiency, energy efficiency, waste management, human wellbeing and site management.
An additional Environmental Impact Report will be conducted ? in line with California?s Environmental Quality Act ? to assess the impacts and benefits of the arena and surrounding complex.
The process, says the Clippers? leadership team, will be ?transparent and include extensive community input?.
Bill Hanway, AECOM?s global sports leader, will head up the project. Hanway is also leading the design project for the LA 2028 Olympics, which is focusing on revamping existing facilities instead of building new venues, in line with the sustainability element of the International Olympic Committee?s Agenda 2020 strategy.
As well as the environmental sustainability element of the plan, the Clippers leadership team has also put forward its social and economic benefits.
With regards to the former, the site ? which is being built on a vacant piece of land on West Century Boulevard ? will include facilities, such as basketball courts, dedicated for wider community.
Around 10,000 construction jobs, and 1,500 permanent jobs, will be created as a consequence of the project. Around 30% of construction jobs and 35% of permanent jobs will be filled by local people. It?s also estimated that the complex will bring in $268m to Inglewood every year and $190m in tax revenue from 2020-2024.
Speakers in the Open Expo Hall? A New Way to Maximize Conference Content
Posted: 21 May 2019, 6:00 am
When it comes to conference speaking, an innovative speaker stage setup can drive more and unexpected engagement. Meetings Today Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe reports live from DES Madrid on how the "open air" concept works for attendees and presenters.
6 Tips for Working With a Convention Services Team
Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 7:35 am
Meeting and event planners working with a facility’s convention services team can help ensure their program is a success by providing some very basic, but essential, information. Maxine Compean, associate event manager for the dual-branded the DOUGLAS, Autograph Collection and the JW Marriott Parq Vancouver, offered the following six tips to keep meeting and event planners and the convention services team on the same page.
An Event Plannerâ€™s Take on the New Kentucky International Convention Center
Posted: 13 Mar 2019, 3:05 pm
Event planner Christa Mekki, founder and senior planner at Magnetic Magnificent Events, was one of the first to experience the brand-new Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). Meetings Today reached out to Mekki for her take on the reimagined convention center.
Event Venue Titans AEG Facilities and SMG Announce Merger
Posted: 8 Feb 2019, 10:20 am
AEG Facilities and SMG owner Onex announced they will merge to create ASM Global. The new company will be headquartered in Los Angeles and will operate over 300 venues across five continents that include arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.
San Franciscoâ€™s Moscone Center Nearly Doubles in Size
Posted: 19 Dec 2018, 5:45 am
As the new year approaches, so does a new beginning for San Francisco’s meetings business. The long-awaited opening of an upgraded Moscone Center came in early January, as the convention complex debuted a $551 million expansion.
Q&A With David Gibbons, Executive Director, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA)
Posted: 20 Nov 2018, 8:45 am
Meetings Today Senior Contributor Jeff Heilman touched base with Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Executive Director David Gibbons on the MCCA’s increase in group business and the future of the facility.
Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is moving forward with a $605 million campus improvement plan. The project will bring expansions and new meeting and exhibit space in the North and South concourses, further increasing the center’s seven million square feet of total function space.
IACC, the association that represents the global conference center segment, is set to more than double its number of European facilities within the next four months if a deal to add the supplier members of two conference center groups comes to fruition, according to IACC CEO Mark Cooper.
St. Louis Convention Center Plans Extensive Renovation
Posted: 7 Oct 2018, 8:00 pm
The America’s Center Convention Complex in St. Louis will undergo an expansion and extensive renovations. The AC Next Gen Project, which will include the addition of 92,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 65,000-square-foot ballroom and meeting area, a new outdoor pavilion and 26 new loading docks, was announced during a press conference held on October 3.
On a recent tour of the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Meetings Today spoke with John Page, general manager for SMG for the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). Page shared his advice for navigating a convention center renovation or expansion.
5 Things You May Not Have Known About the Chattanooga Convention Center
Posted: 18 Sep 2018, 8:00 pm
Once you’ve seen one convention center you’ve seen them all, right? A recent visit to the Chattanooga Convention Center left me surprised to find some nice touches that many of its bigger—and smaller—city counterparts lacked. Following are five standout features I noticed during my tour of the Chattanooga Convention Center led by Executive Director Mike Shuford, during a press trip with the Chattanooga CVB.
The Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) hosted a grand opening ceremony, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 following a two-year, $207 million renovation and expansion project. State and local government officials, along with KICC facility officials and staff welcomed meeting clients, local stakeholders, interested citizens, and media to an open house that showcased how the new facility will host small to large-scale events.
Caesars Forum Conference Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
Posted: 16 Jul 2018, 8:00 pm
Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million, Caesars Forum conference center on Monday, July 16, during a ceremony for trade press, industry executives and Caesars staff members. The ceremony was also livestreamed by Caesars so that people could tune in from all over the world.
Q&A With Jennifer B. Davis on Greater Columbus Convention Center Updates
Posted: 30 Jun 2018, 8:00 pm
Meetings Today contributor Carolyn Blackburn interviewed Jennifer B. David, Senior Marketing & Communications Manager with the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), to discuss recent updates to the facility. The GCCC, which features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, wrapped a two-year $140 million renovation and expansion project in July 2017 to improve the overall guest experience, including the installation of an impressive art collection and local F&B concepts.
Creativity Takes Center Stage at Convention Centers
Posted: 26 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm
The artwork installed at an increasing number of popular convention centers transforms these necessarily utilitarian buildings into magnificent galleries that rival some of the most inspired museums in the world.
Arlington Unveils Plans for Massive Esports Stadium
Posted: 18 Mar 2018, 8:00 pm
The City of Arlington announced plans for Esports Stadium Arlington, an esports-specific venue designed to draw competitive gamers and fans from around the world. The proposed venue will be built within the existing Arlington Convention Center in collaboration with architecture firm Populous.
CEIR Releases Third Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
Posted: 24 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 24 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the third report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Three: Education Content that Builds a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers.
CEIR Releases Second Report in Attendee Retention Insights Series
Posted: 10 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 10 May 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the second report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights Part Two: Exhibition Floor Features that Build a Loyal Alumni Attendee Audience. This landmark body of research offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into loyal customers
Fourth Annual IAEE Womenâ€™s Leadership Forum Another Sold Out Event
Posted: 4 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 4 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women?s Leadership Forum on 26 April 2016 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. More than 200 attendees sold out this year?s event which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.
IAEE Now Accepting Applications for 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants
Posted: 3 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 3 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the application process for the 2016 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grants, which aid qualified professionals in their pursuit of continuing education and career development in the exhibitions and events industry.
IAEE Now Accepting 2016 Helen Brett Scholarship Applications
Posted: 2 May 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 2 May 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and EventsTM (IAEE) has opened the application process for the Helen Brett Scholarship awards in 2016. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.
CEIR Debuts New Report Series Focusing on Attendee Retention
Posted: 28 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 28 April 2016 ? The Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced today the release of the first report in its newest series, 2016 Attendee Retention Insights. Reports from this exciting new, landmark study offers organizers a comprehensive resource to help understand the profile of attendees that visit an exhibition repeatedly and the content that turns them into a loyal fanbase. The series consists of five reports, beginning with Part One: Basics for Creating Your Attendee Retention Strategy: Tracking, Profiling and Why They Come Back.
IAEE Public Events Council Releases 2016 Survey Report
Posted: 26 Apr 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 26 April 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Public Events Council released its Public Events Industry Report: 2015 Results. In 2009, the Public Events Council distributed a survey to public event organizers across 22 public events industry sectors to examine overall industry performance. The report identified which public events industry sectors fared well, which sectors struggled and their expectations for the future. As a follow-up to the benchmark report, the survey is repeated annually with subsequent reports detailing individual and comparative statistics over the years.
DALLAS, 12 April 2016 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) released the 2016 CEIR Index Report. The CEIR Index analyzes the 2015 exhibition industry and provides a future outlook for the next three years. Despite widespread pessimism and deceleration of activity during the fourth quarter, the U.S. economy still displayed significant signs of strength in 2015, led by personal consumption and residential construction. These strengths were offset partially by deterioration in energy development and net exports to produce real GDP growth of 2.4%. According to CEIR?s current projection, 2016 growth will be about the same, or perhaps slightly weaker as the trade gap widens further, before GDP accelerates in 2018 (see Figure 1).
DALLAS, 5 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) and the Japan Exhibition Association (JEXA) announced the renewal of a reciprocity agreement to benefit members of both organizations. Originally signed in 2012, the agreement renews the commitment of IAEE and JEXA to promote and develop the exhibitions and events industries in their respective countries through membership collaboration.
DALLAS, 4 April 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) announces the addition of its latest chapter in Asia, the IAEE India Chapter. The IAEE Board of Directors approved the creation of this new chapter during its meeting held 31 March 2016 at the HITEX Exhibition Center in Hyderabad, India.
IAEE MATSO Council Adds New Content for May Meeting
Posted: 31 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 31 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council?s program for this year?s MATSO Spring Program on 23-24 May 2016 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill. will focus on exchanging information that address challenges, share best practices and understand the changing landscape of Tier 1 cities.
IAEE Awards Jacqueline Russo with 2016 Woman of Achievement Award
Posted: 30 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 30 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) proudly congratulates Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as this year?s recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award. This award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.
CEIR Releases New Industry Insight Series Report Written by Candy Adams
Posted: 29 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 29 March 2016 ? Today the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announces a new Industry Insight Series report, 99 Cost-Savings Tips and Tricks for Exhibit Managers written by Candy Adams, CTSM, CME, CEM, CMP, CMM, a revered and well-known exhibition industry veteran and owner of ?The Booth Mom®? Trade Show Consulting.
DALLAS, 28 March 2016 ? Registration is now open for the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) to be held 7-9 August 2016 at The Waterfront Beach Resort, A Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach, Calif. The program is open to IAEE members interested in enhancing their strategic skills, and broadening their knowledge as current and future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry.
IAEE Congratulates its 2016 International Excellence Award Recipient
Posted: 17 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 17 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) congratulates Edward J. Krause III (Ned), President and CEO of E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc. (EJK) as this year?s recipient of the IAEE International Excellence Award. The IAEE International Excellence Award recognizes an individual or organization that has made exceptional strides in creating, launching and managing an international event in the exhibitions and events industry on an international scale.
DALLAS, 15 March 2015 ? Today, the Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR) announced the release of the final report in the CEIR Digital Toolkit series. The new report, entitled Focus Report on Exhibition Organizer Onsite and Post-event Offerings provides an in-depth look at attendee preferences compared to business-to-business exhibition offerings for show mobile apps, as well as other onsite digital amenities and post-event digital communications.
IAEE MATSO Council Announces City Working Group Initiative, Finalizes Governance Procedures
Posted: 9 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 9 March 2016 ? The International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) MATSO Council announced it will resurrect city task force updates following a recent council meeting that focused on future programming and governance procedures.
IAEE Announces 2016 Call for Nominations for Individual Awards
Posted: 8 Mar 2016, 1:00 am
DALLAS, 8 March 2016 ? Today, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events? (IAEE) has opened the Call for Nominations for its annual awards program to recognize exceptional professionals in the exhibitions and events industry. Industry professionals who meet the outlined criteria may be nominated for any of the awards listed below, and recipients will be honored at Expo! Expo! IAEE?s Annual Meeting & Exhibition to be held 6-8 December in Anaheim, Calif.
IAVM is actively monitoring the impact of recent Ebola incidents. At the direction of Chair Kim Bedier, CFE ? in collaboration with our Industry Affairs Council and key IAVM staff ? an Ebola task force has been formed to work on relevant communications to the IAVM community.
Please submit your session ideas for IAVM?s conferences. Presentations cannot be sales pitches, and if your topic is selected, IAVM will contact you concerning the coordination of the session speaker/panelists.
Exclusive: Flaming Lips to Star in Hyundai Super Bowl Commercial
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 4:32 pm
When the Flaming Lips formed nearly 30 years ago, the notion that the group would be performing a song called "Sun Blows Up Today" in a Super Bowl ad would have been as surreal some of their lyrics. But that's exactly what will happen when the group stars in one of Hyundai's four spots during the big game, a 60-second commercial that will feature the band on-camera performing a brand-new, custom-written song bearing that name.
As the world's largest trade fair for the music industry, MIDEM can be daunting to navigate. Last year's gathering drew more than 6,850 attendees from 77 countries, representing 3,120 companies, including 155 startups. So, how best to manage MIDEM?
Downtown Sells Label to Cofounders, Focuses on Publishing
Posted: 24 Jan 2013, 7:00 am
Downtown Music LLC, the privately held parent company of Downtown Records and Downtown Music Publishing, today announced the sale of its recorded music business to cofounders Josh Deutsch and Terence Lam.
Black Keys File Third Lawsuit Against 'Soundalikes' in TV Commercials
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:50 pm
After settling two lawsuits with Pizza Hut and Home Depot in December over alleged use of its songs in commercials, the Black Keys have filed a third lawsuit -- this time, against Pinnacle Entertainment, which runs casinos throughout the United States, and Manhattan Production Music, a company that creates music for commercial advertising.
Exclusive: Verizon Teams With Jill Scott for Black History Month Campaign
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 6:24 pm
Verizon has teamed with Jill Scott for a multi-tiered print, TV and online advertising campaign to coincide with Black History Month, a rare artist endorsement deal for both parties, Billboard has learned.
Ultra Music and Sony Announce Partnership, Patrick Moxey Named President of Electronic Music
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 3:48 pm
Sony Music and Ultra Music -- the electronic/dance record label, publishing house, management company and media platform owned and operated by Patrick Moxey -- have announced a globe-spanning strategic partnership between the two companies. As part of the deal Moxey was named president of electronic music for Sony Music Worldwide.
Searching For The Next 'Sugar Man'? Try 'Twenty Feet From Stardom'
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
This year's Sundance had a half-dozen music-driven docs, including: Dave Grohl's "Sound City," "History of the Eagles, Part One," "Pussy Riot -- A Punk Prayer," "Narco Culturo" and "Mussel Shoals" -- all fine films. But the power of Morgan Neville's "Twenty Feet From Stardom," a story chronicling of the lives of background singers who sang on era-defining records from the 1960s into the 1990s, is such that it transcends the typical music documentary ecliciting gasps of disbelief, spontaneous applause and tears. It's a winner.
Building the $100 Billion Dollar Music Business: Guest Post by Tom Silverman
Posted: 23 Jan 2013, 8:00 am
In this guest post, New Music Seminar/Tommy Boy Entertainment founder Tom Silverman describes how we can grow the music business into one that reaches $100 billion in annual retail revenue in the next decade.
Exclusive: Lionel Richie Signs With Red Light Management
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 3:08 pm
Legendary hit maker Lionel Richie has signed with Red Light Management for representation, Billboard.biz has learned. This is the second major signing of the young year for RLM, which recently added Tiesto to its growing list of clients.
Exclusive: Kobalt Launches Label Services Division, Preps New Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Release
Posted: 22 Jan 2013, 2:07 pm
Not only did Kobalt sign a deal with Dave Grohl this week ( the company is also formally introducing a new Label Services division that will handle digital and physical releases for independent artists as well as Kobalt clients. Though the division has quietly released several albums in recent months, it will gain major attention next month with the release of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ “Push the Sky Away,” due out Feb. 18 through Kobalt Label Services and Cave’s Bad Seed Ltd.
The Jan. 26 edition of Billboard features a cover-story interview with Prince, but that world exclusive is accompanied by something else: A whole new magazine. This week, Billboard relaunches, and from the new logo on the front cover to the information packed graphic on the back page, the magazine is dedicated to the delivery of business journalism that leads and informs the essential conversations around the music and businesses it covers.
Warner Music, NMPA Reach Agreement on Royalty Rate for Music Videos
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:43 pm
The Warner Music Group has become the second major label to agree to pay songwriters and publishers a royalty from revenue they derive from music videos, in a deal negotiated by the National Music Publishers' Association.
Tim Leiweke on AEG Sale: 'We're Getting Down to the Final Straws'
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm
The sale of Anschutz Entertainment Group is “taking longer” than expected, AEG CEO, Tim Leiweke told Billboard.biz, but not due to lack of interest. While Leiweke declined to mention who the serious bidders were, he did indicate that the field has narrowed. “We’re getting down to the final straws here,” he said.
'Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer,' 'Twenty Feet From Stardom' Sell At Sundance
Posted: 21 Jan 2013, 6:17 am
Add “Pussy Riot — A Punk Prayer” to the growing music-centric documentaries sold at the Sundance Film Festival. HBO Docs acquired U.S. TV rights to the political documentary that received its world premiere Jan. 18. "Twenty Feet From Stardom," which tells the stories of several prominent backup singers, sold on Thursday to Radius and the Weinstein Co.
Kim Dotcom Launches Mega, New File-Sharing Service
Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 4:09 pm
Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has unveiled a new file-sharing website called Mega. "As of this minute one year ago #Megaupload was destroyed by the US Government," Dotcom tweeted on Saturday, along with a link to the new site.
Six Music-Related Issues Facing This Administration and Congress
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 4:45 pm
From performance royalties to deciding how musicians travel with their instruments on airplanes, numerous issues central to the music industry are alive Washington D.C. as the city prepares for the president inauguration on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
AVL Digital Group -- the parent company of CD Baby, Disc Makers and other self-publishing platforms -- has been sold to Stephens Capital Partners, a private equity group based in Little Rock, Arkansas, Billboard.biz has learned.
NARM Names Muve Music's Jeff Toig, Dimple Records' Dilyn Radakovitz to Board
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:34 am
Muve Music senior VP Jeff Toig and Dimple Records founder and owner Dilyn Radakovitz have joined the board of directors of both NARM, the music business trade association, and digitalmusic.org, its digital initiatives arm.
Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels Presenting 'Garden of Laughs' Benefit Comedy Showcase
Posted: 18 Jan 2013, 10:13 am
At the height of his lowest point, Run DMC's Darryl McDaniels says he considered suicide. Before leaving the world, however, he wanted to publish an autobiography, his life story beyond music; a conversation with his mother shortly thereafter revealed more information than he had bargained for.
Elizabeth Sobol Named Decca Label Group President and CEO
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 12:15 pm
Elizabeth Sobol, current managing director at IMG Artists North America, has been named Decca Label Group's president and CEO. Sobol will report to Universal Music Group International's chairman and CEO Max Hole, who was promoted to that position last week.
HMV Shutters Irish Operations, Appoints Receivers as Staff Stages Sit-In
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 11:45 am
Staff at two HMV stores in Ireland have staged sit-in protests to secure their wages following the closure of the company’s 16 Irish stores, according to reports. HMV’s Irish operations were placed into receivership 24 hours after the British music retailer HMV confirmed it was suspending the trading of its shares and entering administration, the U.K. equivalent of Chapter 11.
Dave Grohl, Avicii and Afrojack: A Promoter's Approach to Booking Music at Sundance
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 10:31 am
Park City Live is the only regularly operating nightclub in Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival running Jan. 17-27, which will enter its second year of operation as a concert venue the day the festival begins. Here, Park City Live CEO Kathryn Burns talks about her first year promoting the venue.
Sony/ATV Negotiates 25% Royalty Increase From Pandora: Report
Posted: 17 Jan 2013, 8:01 am
The newly combined Sony/ATV-EMI music publishing powerhouse has used its market clout to negotiate a 25% royalty increase from Pandora, according to a report in the New York Post. The deal is said to run for the next 12 months.
Mark Poston, EMI Australia’s chairman, is out as Universal Music continues its global integration of EMI. According to Universal Music, Poston “decided to step down” from his current position as chairman and senior VP marketing, Australasia at EMI Music Australia. UMA's president George Ash will oversee EMI Australasia until a replacement is announced.
LyricFind Partners with Gracenote, Gets Investment from Larry Marcus
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 4:40 pm
LyricFind will now power all of Gracenote's lyric services as part of their new partnership, while BandPage director Larry Marcus will be providing his experience, and a personal investment, to the company.
Lucian Grainge, Michael Lynton, will.i.am to Co-Host Inaugural Innovation Summit
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 1:30 pm
Innovation Forum, an inaugural summit of business leaders from the U.S. and U.K., will come together Feb. 4-5 in Los Angeles, kicking off 2013 Grammy week. UMG Chairman & CEO Lucian Grainge, Sony Ent. CEO Michael Lynton, Ari Emanuel, co-CEO of WME, and musician will.i.am will co-host the event co-sponsored by the Founder's Forum and UK Trade & Investment.
Sony Music Boosts Digital Team With Ole Obermann and Mark Piibe
Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
In a statement today from Sony Music Entertainment's president of global digital business and U.S. sales Dennis Kooker, the company announced the creation and appointment of two new, digitally focused positions; current Sony Music executive Ole Obermann has been named executive vice president, digital partner development and sales, while Mark Piibe will be leaving EMI to take on the role of executive vice president, global business development and digital strategy.
Justin Timberlake's 'Suit & Tie' Aiming for First-Week Sales of 350,000
Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 4:44 pm
As reported yesterday (Jan. 14), Justin Timberlake's new single "Suit & Tie" is selling briskly and bound for a big first-week sales figure; label sources suggest that "Suit & Tie" may sell around 330,000 - 350,000 downloads by the end of the tracking week on Sunday, Jan. 20.
Greg Sandoval, Senior CNET Writer, Resigns Over CBS Controversy
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:39 pm
CNET editor Greg Sandoval told Twitter earlier today that he's quitting the venerable tech news site over parent company CBS's apparent demand that the publication drop Dish Network's ad-skipping Hopper feature from consideration for its "Best of CES" awards.
Indie Band Love in the Circus Explores 3D Imaging at CES
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:14 pm
Music can be as much about the visuals as it is about the sound. Among the more intriguing demonstrations of this at this year's Consumer Electronics Show was a video display in the Sony booth from an independent band called Love in the Circus; the Los Angeles based band used projection imaging to create a live stage that evokes a Cirque du Soleil-esque setting, wrapping custom animations around a physical stage set.
Pop Leads U.K. Album Sales for Second Year Running
Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:29 am
Big-selling albums from Emeli Sandé, Adele, Ed Sheeran and One Direction ensured that pop remained the most-popular genre in the United Kingdom in 2012, according to new figures released by the Official Charts Company (OCC) and British labels trade body the BPI.
Rock legends the Rolling Stones stand at the top of Hot Tours this week with ticket sales reaching $38.6 million from the 50 and Counting Tour, while Nickelback, Jennifer Lopez and Elton John reach the top ten on the strength of their Australian tours.
What does the association meeting of tomorrow look like and how can you prepare to provide your members with the type of meetings they need? A presenter at ASAE's 2011 Annual Meeting & Expo provides her expert glimpse into the future.
Rethinking Sponsorships in the Age of Social Media
Posted: 16 Sep 2011, 4:56 pm
Technology is changing our lives in seemingly countless ways, including association event sponsorships. Find out what a leading event software expert believes are the best ways to make the most of sponsorships in the age of social media.
Even the largest associations sometimes have meetings that don't represent a lot of room nights, which can reduce your ability to negotiate with the host hotel. Here are nine tips to help you get the best deal for your next meeting, no matter how many attendees you have.
We use strategic planning in our everyday lives but often get too caught up in all the details to apply it effectively during the meeting planning process. Discover how to be truly strategic the next time you're planning an important meeting.
There's more to meetings than good content and a nice location. An ASAE Fellow and association business strategy consultant shares his views on factors such as information needs, competing resources, and strategic barriers that impact attendance at association conventions and tradeshows.
Post-Recession Economy Requires New Guidelines for Association Events
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:53 am
Association events are making a comeback following the deep recession, but everyone remains sensitive to appearing too extravagant and expensive. Here's a process for determining what's appropriate for your next events.
Letter From the Chair: ME Section Contributes to "199 Ideas" for Planners
Posted: 6 Jul 2011, 10:47 am
The Meetings & Expositions Section Council chair discusses the debut of an exciting new resource for association planners, provides a glimpse of the upcoming Annual Meeting & Exposition, and lends his perspective on the value of associations to society.
Tips to Make Transportation at Your Conference Greener
Posted: 9 May 2011, 10:09 am
Greening meetings has come a long way in recent years, but you can take it to the next level with a little strategy and a lot of enthusiasm. Learn how to get your group actively involved in being a deeper shade of green.