Author: Paul Bergeron

Paul Bergeron, IOM, is a freelance association management communications executive who has spent more than 20 years giving editorial direction for associations, most recently the National Apartment Association in Arlington, Va., and can be reached about employment opportunities at [email protected].

Apr
16

So you have to negotiate a major event cancelation …

Negotiations between associations, hotel operators and convention centers and their attorneys are rising to front and center in many situations now regarding annual conferences and meetings as a result of COVID-19. Jeff Tenenbaum, a managing partner of the Tenenbaum Law Group, has been at the forefront of the issue while the stakes continue to rise […]

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Apr
11

How will COVID-19 impact event insurance?

Associations who recognize their bottom lines will take a huge hit from lost revenue they anticipated from their annual conference are rethinking their positions on event cancellation insurance. Not to be confused with force majeure clauses in hotel or event venue contracts, event cancellation insurance premiums are based on projected expenses, revenue, location, and dates […]

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Apr
10

When COVID-19 cancels your event days before it’s supposed to begin

Steve de Haan did not have a pleasant stay in Margaritaville. As president and CEO of The International Warehouse Logistics Association in Des Plaines, Ill., de Haan’s  week of infamy began the night of Wednesday, March 11. Let’s let him tell the story: We called ahead that morning before our flight from Chicago to San […]

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Apr
07

Act fast, act first when rescheduling covid-disrupted events

Having dealt with the tremendous consternation surrounding the planning and execution of meeting planning during these difficult and uncertain times created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hugh Lee, president of Focus Productions, can speak from experience. Lee last month postponed his DigitalNOW conference, set for April 15-17 at the Orange County Convention Center. The annual event […]

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