Helping to avoid conflicting conference dates continues to be one
of the prime objectives of TAC (Telecommunications Associations Council)
and COMMUNICATIONS NEWS. The schedule of conference dates shown below
came out of the recent seventh annual TAC meeting, hosted by ICA.
TCA will host TAC in 1994 and 1995. ACUTA will be the host in 1996
One major question faced by TAC members and others in the
association community is whether trade shows, as we now know them,
should continue to be trade shows. Would it be more profitable for the
vendor/supplier community to put its time, effort, personnel and bucks
into something else? In short, is it too costly to support trade shows
for the return they get?
Rumors and hushed conversations continue to abound in the
(sometimes empty) exhibit aisles about this very subject.
I don’t think the old blackmail trick works any more:
“If you don’t exhibit or sponsor a social event or other
freebie function, your booth will be in Siberia.” That just
doesn’t cut it, especially in today’s economy.
Now is the time for the association community to be creative and
step up the dialogue with the vendor/supplier community for
everyone’s mutual benefit. More on this later.
CMA names directors
The Communications Managers Association (CMA) approved its 1993-94
slate of directors. Those included are Alvin Bieber, Telerate Systems,
president; Thomas F. McCarthy, N.Y. Life Insurance, first vice
president; Matthew O’Brien, Prodigy Services, second vice
president; Ron West, Shearman & Sterling, treasurer; Scott Matluck,
N.Y.C. Board of Education, secretary.
Named as directors were Andrew Stratford, Congress Financial Corp.;
Janet Hufton, KPMG Peat Marwick; and Robert Johnston, Exxon Research and
Engineering Co. Patrick J. Hennelly, McGraw-Hill, is first past
president and Charles Murray, The Travelers, is second past president.
If you haven’t signed up for CMA Telcom 93, the group’s
16th annual conference, note that it is being held Nov. 1-4 at the New
York Hilton. For details call 800-CMA-INFO.
Around the circuit
The Definity/85 Users Group has gone global. Communications
Director Andrew Backs, of the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, says
the group is now the Global Definity Users Group. Old timers will
remember it as the System 85 Users Group. [TABULAR DATA OMITTED]
“While we have always asserted our independence from AT&T,
we wish to continue to strengthen the partnership that http://www.convergence-arts.com/the-best-system-you-need-to-be-using-for-hire-models-exposed/ has been so
effective for eight years in assisting AT&T to define product
direction and development,” Backs says. Group President Tony Loeb
says the name change “is just formalizing what the users group has
been doing for years–some of our member companies are foreign-owned
multinational corporations, while others are multinational firms with
The World Teleport Association has retitled its North American
Region to “Americas Region.” Three new directors were added
to the board: Robert Francis, General DataComm; John Jung, Toronto
Harbour Commission; and Stephen Tom, Washington, D.C., Teleport.