Message from the Chairman
We just completed NYSAE’s Annual Business Meeting, the first virtual membership meeting in over 100 years! Thank you to everyone who attended. I know this was a busy time for all of us.
What an eventful year, to say the least. As most of you know, last summer, as I transitioned into the Chairman’s role, our headquarters transitioned too. After months of extensive meetings, interviews, conference calls and more meetings, the NYSAE Board made the decision to move to Kellen, a global association management and communications company. Long-time member Holly Koenig, Senior Vice President of Kellen, was named our Executive Director and CEO. At that time, there was a lot of excitement, energy and meaningful exchange as the Board, committee leadership and staff worked closely together on the new strategic plan. Here were some of our priorities and deliverables:
During the NYSAE annual business meeting, nominations chair Gerard Thiers, CAE, reported that the members elected two new members of the Board who will serve two-year terms beginning on July 1st.
Jerry Cito is Executive Vice President, Convention Development of NYC & Company. He is responsible for developing NYC as a premier meetings and conventions destination, highlighting the world-class products and services of the company’s members and the diverse meetings offerings of the overall destination.
Malachy Kavanagh is Executive Vice President, Global & Corporate Development for ICSC. Malachy joined ICSC in 1996 and served in several key roles at the organization before being appointed EVP of Global & Corporate Development in 2018. He provides leadership for ICSC’s global offices, overseeing global initiatives & strategic relationships in addition to the organization’s international portfolio of events.