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Mar172017
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Introducing Two New RCMA Board Members

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Keith Kershaw, director, office of convention planning at the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn., and Steve Biffle, pastor of Church of the Living Word in Columbus, Ohio, and the executive treasurer of The Fellowship Network in Dallas, have been named to RCMA’s Board. As an introduction, we asked them a number of questions […]

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Mar172017
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Invigorating General Sessions

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After attending myriad conferences, attendees can get tired of the same setup—a presenter doles out information, talking at them for a period of time, they listen and then it’s over. So, it’s important to mix things up and make your conference—and sessions—stand out. If you follow any and all of these tips, you’ll freshen things […]

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Mar172017
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Experient and SMG Renew Partnership

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Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company, and SMG, the biggest convention center management firm across the globe, recently confirmed a preferred partner agreement that maintains a strong relationship between the two companies that first launched in 2005. The agreement will allow both companies to grow upon their business opportunities through a focus on each company’s […]

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Mar172017
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Longtime Industry Member Cassandra Taylor Retires

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Thirty-two years ago, Cassandra Taylor—an RCMA member—started her position as national sales manager at the Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau. She was one of only two national sales managers and the first African-American sales manager. “I was not hired to only handle the multicultural and SMERF market,” she says. “I handled whatever phone call came […]

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Feb222017
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How to Find Sponsors for an Event

BY Mark Novelli|Conferences|Tips for Planners|LEAVE A COMMENT

Event sponsors can help immensely with offsetting costs. But finding them can be tricky—you have to know when to do it and how to address the potential sponsor. Once you do find the perfect match (or matches), sending proposal letters, determining the audience, finding the right person to contact and knowing the appropriate time to approach a […]

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Feb212017
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RCMA Announces Key Dates

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We’re Headed to Omaha in 2018 Omaha, Neb., will serve as the location for the 2018 Emerge Conference. The three-day conference of faith-based event planners and suppliers is RCMA’s annual gathering. CenturyLink Center Omaha, where the event will take place, boasts nearly 400,000 square feet of event space and will host the Emerge Expo, general […]

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Feb212017
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Remembering Leonard Wymore

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RCMA regrets to report the news of the death of Leonard Ginther Wymore, a founding father of our organization. Leonard, born on Sept. 10, 1921, served as a minister throughout his life both in Kansas and Indiana. His contributions to RCMA cannot be understated. Leonard led in the founding of RCMA and is one of […]

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Feb212017
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Stir the Soul

BY Laurie Dove|Conferences|RCMA News|LEAVE A COMMENT

Make big plans that stir the soul. It was a fitting theme for the Emerge 2017 conference and tradeshow, where a record number of attendees celebrated RCMA’s 45th anniversary. From Feb. 7 through 9, attendees (many of whom prefer to be called “family”) met at McCormick Place in the heart of Chicago to not only […]

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Jan72017
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Back by Popular Demand!

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After much positive feedback, we have decided once again to host the 2017 Emerge Scavenger Hunt, sponsored by MeetNKY. Many of you participated last year, and it was a lot of fun to see teams get creative and really enjoy their time together. Winning the grand prize is nice too.  Just like last year, the […]

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Jan72017
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RCMA Takes Chicago

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In just a few short weeks, RCMA (and hopefully you) will be heading to the great city of Chicago for Emerge 2017. We interviewed Michele Pondexter, director of diversity sales for Choose Chicago—who have been immensely helpful in hosting us this year—on what guests can look forward to, all of the work that went on […]

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