Nashville Hosts ASAE Annual Meeting & Exposition August 9-12 at Music City Center
Meeting will generate new business in Music City
NASHVILLE – Music City will welcome more than 6,000 association executives, hospitality industry professionals and corporate partners for the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Annual Meeting & Exposition at the Music City Center August 9-12. The event marks the third time Nashville has hosted the group, which represents the top decision makers from associations across the country.
“ASAE is the Super Bowl among industry leaders with huge long-term benefits,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC). “With more than 3,000 executives planning to attend, we expect the meeting to determine the level of success for our convention business over the next five years.”
According to ASAE, of those who have registered for the meeting, 74 percent of attendees have never held a meeting in Nashville. In addition, 81 percent are the final decision makers or have significant influence in their organization. As of one week out, Nashville is on pace to be ASAE’s second largest meeting.
“We are pleased to be in Nashville once again and downtown at the new Music City Center,” said John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE, president and CEO of ASAE. “It’s a great opportunity for Nashville to showcase all that it has to offer. Experience shows that 20 percent of executives who attend will book a meeting in the host city in the next five years, which means that it could generate more than $500 million in revenue.”
More than 450 volunteers from across Nashville’s hospitality industry will be on hand to assist with the execution of this tremendous ‘sales’ opportunity for Nashville’s hospitality industry. Throughout the meeting, delegates will take advantage of one of the seven different Music City sightseeing tours and special events showcasing Nashville’s unique music scene, including an event on 5th Avenue featuring Dierks Bentley and Charles Esten and Clare Bowen of ABC’s “Nashville,” and ASAE Foundation’s The Classic at Schermerhorn Symphony Center featuring Lady Antebellum.
ASAE’s meeting will provide opportunities for attendees to give back while in Nashville by participating in a hands-on project to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, one of the largest and most comprehensive food banks and food distribution centers nationwide. Delegates are invited to Second Harvest to sort, pack and prepare the distribution of food, including BackPacks for kids without a source of food on weekends and school breaks along with Emergency Food Boxes for those in immediate peril.
Interviews with both NCVC and ASAE staff are available upon request. Please contact Leigh Anne Sanders at email@example.com or 615-927-1295.
A press conference will take place in MCC Davidson Ballroom B2 on Monday, August 11 at 11:30 a.m. Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of NCVC, and John Graham, president and CEO of ASAE, will make remarks.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.
ASAE and the ASAE Foundation
ASAE is a membership organization of more than 21,000 association executives and industry partners representing 10,000 organizations. Its members manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies and voluntary organizations across the United States and in nearly 50 countries around the world. With support of the ASAE Foundation, a separate nonprofit entity, ASAE is the premier source of learning, knowledge and future-oriented research for the association and nonprofit profession, and provides resources, education, ideas and advocacy to enhance the power and performance of the association and nonprofit community. For more information about ASAE, visit www.asaecenter.org.