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January Educational Program
CrownePlazaLogoLocation:  Crowne Plaza Airport
Address:  17338 International Blvd, Seattle, WA  98188
Date:  Tuesday, January 24, 2017
9:30 am - 10:00 am - Registration 
10:00 am - 12:00 pm - Brunch, Program and Q&A
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Board Meeting (all members welcome to attend)


Speaker Josh Grimes
Room Block Poaching; Airbnb; Guns in Meetings – Just some of the latest challenges facing the meetings industry. With meetings booming, market forces allow hotels to pick and choose clients and impose tough contract terms. Social unrest and changing laws affecting gun rights, religious expression, and other areas of everyday life are causing some prospective meeting attendees to stay home. And Airbnb, Uber, and tech innovations are impacting room blocks, meeting space costs, and guests’ privacy. All of these factors will confront meeting professionals with increasing frequency in the coming years. This program is an interactive and thought-provoking review of the year’s hottest issues.
Topics include these issues and more:
• Threats caused by “room poaching” and “suitcasing”
• Airbnb and other “sharing economy” businesses and their effect on hotel room blocks and meeting space
• New gun laws allowing open-carry and concealed weapons in your meetings
• Planning for controversial new laws that make attendees want to boycott a meeting city
• Zika, Ebola, terrorism, and other threats that may keep attendees away from your meeting
• Protecting guests’ personal information on computer networks and in cyberspace
• RFID technology pro’s and con’s
• Controlling social media comments to prevent disparaging your organization and guests, and to stop online leaks of confidential information 
About Our Speaker
JGrimes PhotoJoshua L. Grimes, Esq. Grimes Law Offices based in Philadelphia, is a leading attorney in the association, nonprofit, meeting, and hospitality industries. He is a specialist in all matters relating meetings and conventions, as well as association & nonprofit governance. Mr. Grimes is a member of the APEX Contracts Panel, and served on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys. He was selected as a “Pennsylvania Super Lawyer”, and recently designated a “Legal Leader” by ALM Media. Mr. Grimes is one of the association and meeting industries’ most prominent speakers. In addition to speaking regularly for MPI and PCMA, he conducts in-house training programs for corporate and association executives. Mr. Grimes has appeared before industry professionals throughout the United States, and in Europe, the Middle East, Canada, and Mexico. He is a member of the Bars of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. Mr. Grimes is also proud to represent his hometown as an elected Commissioner in Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, a part of Philadelphia’s famed “Main Line” neighborhood.
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