John Kerry News

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I had to post this from MPIWeb

Senator Kerry Admits Lack of Personal Worth
Posted by Michael Pinchera on 2/27/2009 9:01:42 AM

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) spoke at AIG’s annual conference in early Sept. 2001 in Burlington, Vt.

Sen. Kerry spoke at the Lux Executive Summit in October 2008.

Sen. Kerry spoke to a group of teamsters at their annual conference at a major hotel in Las Vegas in 2004.

Sen. Kerry spoke at the University of Florida in 2007 and watched as a student in the audience was shot with a taser gun (“Don’t tase me, bro!”).


So Sen. Kerry feels events are a waste of money yet he is willing to take it from companies like AIG? Man, I never thought he was a flip flopper before but…….

 John Kerry News

Extra! Interview with Sheerin Florio from Spotme

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Todays show features Sheerin Florio of Spotme she explains the very exciting meeting and event technology Spotme provides. Spotme changes the game of networking at conferences as far as i can see! Also please take a look at this video from the Spotme website.

Here is a quick video to check out before or after listening to the Interview!

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Bohemian Grove Memories

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Bohemian Grove Memories (Repost from EventsMedia.blogspot.com)

I was watching TED Talks on TED.com and I started to get the same feelings I had when I attended the Bohemian Grove camp as a worker. The TED folks seem much hipper and with it in a cool sort of way. The Grove folks seemed just rich and powerful and I felt very squashable around them. Tim Inman @timinman on Twitter just asked me about it on twitter so I thought I might repost my experience.

Bohemian Days

Bohemian Grove Memories (Repost from EventsMedia.blogspot.com)
I was watching TED Talks on TED.com and I started to get the same feelings I had when I attended the Bohemian Grove camp as a worker. The TED folks seem much hipper and with it, in a cool sort of way. The Grove folks seemed just rich and powerful and I felt very squash able around them. Tim Inman (@timinman) on Twitter asked me about the event so I thought I might repost my experience. [Read more...]

John Kerry Wants to Ban Conferences

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I wanted to write Senator John Kerry a letter today after reading the post by Jessica L States on the MPI website.

Lawmaker Hopes to Ban Conferences for Bailed-Out Companies
Posted by Jessica L. States

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has announced plans to introduce legislation that would prevent companies that have received bailout funding from hosting, sponsoring or paying for conferences, holiday parties and entertainment events. The bill will affect any companies that have received government help under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

“I’m sick and tired of picking up the newspaper and reading about another idiotic abuse of taxpayer money while our country is on the brink,” Kerry said. “Americans who play by the rules are losing their jobs and struggling to pay their mortgages. The companies that came to Congress in desperate need of help to stay afloat become their own worst enemies when they pull stunts like this. It’s an embarrassment that this legislation is necessary, but some companies clearly need a reality check to get their priorities straight so taxpayer money is used to get their house in order and not to pay for lavish parties. Congress has zero tolerance for this kind of excess.” [Read more...]

Show 34! The Happy Show

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Meetings and Events are Critical to the American Economy

Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts Fight Back On Criticism of Corporate Travel

Las Vegas is trying to fight back at President Obamas warning to companies that received bailout money “can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers dime” Both resorts have been giving interviews angry about the Presidents claims.

What lawmakers don’t understand is this type of criticism will cost our country thousands of jobs. Las vegas already has been hit hard by the recession and this is a huge blow to the convention and meetings industry.

Where I understand why President Obama said this he does not obviously see the trickle down effect meetings and conventions have. From a company like mine to the bell staff, cab drivers that depend on these types of conventions in Vegas. Insurance and financial services plus auto companies are getting scared. Goldman sacs moved and event to San Francisco recently from Las Vegas, American International Group, Inc and Wells Fargo, Citigroup Inc Primerica have canceled events. Companies like Wells Fargo have just acquired Wachovia banks. How are they suppose to make this merger work? Have virtual meetings? Do it by email? They go to Vegas because they can handle large groups.

So moving these meetings is more expensive and the still will be paying cancellation fees for hotels etc. So they are more paying money. The Goldman Sacs cancellation charge was nearly 600k. So they are paying cancellation fees so they do not get bad press when going to Las Vegas. A city built to handle all sized conferences. This is just bad business. The companies just do not want to come under fire and somehow it is indulgent to go to Las Vegas all of a sudden.

Las Vegas has invested billions of dollars to build facilities and meeting space to fill its 140,000 hotel rooms on weekdays with corporate travelers, marketing itself as the most affordable and accessible destination.

The city was built to accommodate the biggest industry events.
These meetings President Obama needs to understand run our country. How can an automobile company introduce their new car to thousands of dealers? How can tech companies introduce their new products and explain how they work to their dealer network?” Jobs are being lost as companies fearing government scrutiny cancel functions now.

Serious business takes place in Las Vegas.

 Las Vegas Sands, Wynn Resorts Fight Back On Criticism of Corporate Travel

Addressing The Dodd Amendment

I (mike)received this email today with a note from MPI Northern California Chapter Leadership written by David Kliman

Below is the letter David sent via fax and email to Speaker Pelosi and Senators Boxer and Feinstein today. ( I also did the same thing)
http://speaker.house.gov/contact/
http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/email/index.cfm
http://feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactUS.EmailMe

He (and I) urge you to take action and contact our government leaders in DC – it’s easy and takes just a few minutes – We also need to spread the word.

We need to get our government leaders this information EN MASS today and tomorrow. TIME IS OF THE ESSENSE. Please spread the word – it is important to both email and FAX their offices…and phone calls are also useful.

Addressing The Dodd Amendment

Meetings and Events Critical to Economy – Corporate meetings and events are absolutely critical to strengthening the American economy. Meetings and events are responsible for 15% of all travel in America, create more than $100 billion in spending annually, generate one million American jobs and provide $40 billion in tax revenue. [Read more...]

Wells Fargo Responds to Pressure from the Media

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The media wants you to think the above image is what Wells Fargo is doing for their meetings. Why because its a more interesting headline than educating the public on the full story.

One large concern at the recent Meeting Professionals International (MPI) MeetDifferent conference in Atlanta this week was that companies are canceling the meetings only due to the bad press they receive. Incentive meetings are paid for by the incentives given to the employees or contractors that are working for them. It is built into the incentive structure. The economies of many cities like Las Vegas depend on this money. Of course, if the money is nefariously used(private jets for execs) this might be a problem. But companies are canceling these meetings just because the press is jumping on them and they do not want the bad press. The media needs to educate the public fully on the ramifications of canceling meetings. [Read more...]