by Lisa A. Grimaldi | January 05, 2018
The Association of Destination Management Executives International has selected a new management team, the Valisade Group, to handle its operations.  Beginning March 15, Valerie Delaney, who will serve as ADMEI's executive vice president, and Lisa DeGolyer will take over management of the group from current EVP Fran Rickenbach and her firm Management Excellence, which ran ADMEI for 14 years. 

Brian Ferrell, ADMEI  president, told M&C, "This change came about as the board was doing its due diligence to update contracts and receive competitive bids for services."

In a message to members, ADME's board said, "It is with mixed sadness and gratitude that the board of directors announces Fran Rickenbach's departure as executive vice president of ADMEI, effective March 21, 2018. Since 2004, Fran and her association-management company, Management Excellence Inc., have played a critical role in the development and success of our organization. We want to thank her for nearly 14 years of dedicated service, which involved many significant accomplishments, including:

• Becoming an international association with an increased membership and global presence;

• Creating the Destination Management Certified Professional designation and Accredited Destination Management Company program and helping grow the DMCP program by more than 600 percent;

• Becoming recognized by our peer associations on the Event Industry Council, for which she served as chair representing ADMEI;

• Partnering and collaborating with other industry associations, and 

• Creating the Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program - the first in-depth program of its kind in the events industry.

"Over the past six months, the ADMEI Board and the Certification and Accreditation Board have conducted a thorough search to identify a new team to continue ADMEI along this successful trajectory. We are pleased to announce a new partnership as we welcome Lisa DeGolyer and Valerie Delaney with our new association management company, the Valisade Group. With their support, we will focus on increasing membership, strengthening our financial reserves, expanding our certification and accreditation program recognition, and solidifying our commitment to be the global leader in education, resources, and networking for DMCs around the world.

"With the support of Fran and her team, Roxy West and Doug Conrad, the passing of the baton has already begun. Your board has assembled a transition team along with a formal plan, timeline and tasks to ensure a seamless transition by March 15."

The board also announced that Rickenbach will be celebrated during the ADMEI Awards Gala, which will take place during the ADMEI Annual Conference, taking place Feb. 8-10 in Chicago.