The three vice presidents of California's Palm Springs Desert
Resorts Convention and Visitors Authority have resigned. Gary S.
Foy, vice president of finance and operations; Michael Dominguez,
vice president of sales and marketing; and Gary C. Sherwin, vice
president of market development and communications, will be leaving
the CVA at the end of this week, all in the wake of former
president and CEO Michael E. Fife's forced retirement in March.
Director of accounting and administration Henry Bolaños also is
leaving. Foy and Bolaños had raised the initial accusations of
financial impropriety against Fife earlier this year, opening
themselves up to accusations of paying more attention to Fife's
financial records than to the CVA's. After a month of publicly
fraught relations with interim president Steve Morris, including
the filing of a lawsuit against Morris for unfair and unreasonable
behavior, Foy and Bolaños came to a resignation settlement with the
CVA last week. Dominguez then announced his own departure for a
hotel position. "I never thought I'd say this," Dominguez told
"but I'm actually looking forward to getting back
to the sanity of a hotel." Sherwin resigned voluntarily as well,
according to Morris. "
Whoever comes on board as the
permanent CEO will be able to hire a brand new management team,"
Morris told M&C.
He has appointed Ty Strohe as interim
vice president of sales and marketing.
Indianapolis moved one
yard closer to getting a new NFL stadium and an expanded convention
center Monday when three suburban counties voted on a proposal to
increase the food and beverage tax by one percent to help fund the
project. In all, six of the seven suburban counties approved the
tax, and officials at the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors
Association say the project now has enough momentum to be realized.
Though specific designs and timetables have yet to be finalized,
the project calls for a new football stadium to be built south of
the RCA Dome, the Indianapolis Colts' current home, to be finished
in time for the 2008 NFL season. The RCA Dome then will be
demolished and an addition to the adjacent Indiana Convention
Center built there, to be completed in 2010. The Indiana Stadium
and Convention Building Authority will oversee the estimated $900
million construction project.
Last Friday, the U.S.
Senate passed a bill restoring the "established business
relationship" exception to the "Junk Fax Prevention Act." The
exception has long been sought by associations worried that new
Federal Communications Commission rules, which bar commercial faxes
from being sent without the recipient's prior written consent,
would keep them from reaching their memberships. The exemption,
which requires an opt-out provision on the first page of any
commercial fax, still must pass muster in the House of
Representatives and be signed into law by the president. "The FCC's
proposed fax regulations were a knee-jerk response to the wave of
consumer sentiment against junk mail, phone solicitations and
Internet spam, but the unintended consequences would have been a
tremendous burden laid squarely on the shoulders of the business
community," said John H. Graham, IV, president/CEO of the American
Society of Association Executives.
Peoria (Ill.) Civic Center
officials held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a $55
million expansion and renovation project that includes adding
45,000 square feet of exhibit space and a 27,000-square-foot
ballroom to the center. The new space is expected to be available
for events by the fall of 2007, bringing the center's total exhibit
space to nearly 110,000 square feet.
Chicago, a trade show for meeting professionals sponsored by the
International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus and
produced by trade show management firm PGI, will be revamped for
2006, based on feedback from the 2005 event held June 9. Problems
cited by the attendees and exhibitors included low attendee
turnout, and parking and accessibility difficulties at the show's
venue, Navy Pier. According to a spokesperson for PGI, IACVB and
PGI are looking into moving the event to a Chicago hotel or keeping
it at Navy Pier.