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Schedule conflicts rate high on association agenda.

The scheduling of annual conference among the leading telecomm users associations present at the sixth annual meeting of TAC (Telecomm Associations Council) continues to rank as one of the essential and vital agenda items.

In fact, one of the reasons for the formation of the TAC some nine years ago was to help eliminate conflicting annual conference dates. By doing so, not only was the association community better served, but just as important, the vendor/supplier community benefitted as well.

Attendance, quality of vendor representation at the booths and at conference seminars, vendor sponsorship of conference events, and revenues which were generated from booth space sales all showed improvement as conference scheduling was agreed upon by the nine assocations which make up TAC. They represent 90% of the worldwide telecomm user association community (ACUTA, CBTA, CMA, ENTELEC, ICA, INTUG, MTC, SETA, TCA). Also attending the recent TAC meeting were PTC (Pacific Telecomm Council), TMA-UK, and the NASTD (National Association of State Telecomm Directors).

Revenues from TAC members' booth exhibit sales have been invested in education of the membership, sponsorship of scholarships, and seed money for telecomm programs at more than 40 leading universities. There are many other similar programs which space does not permit me to mention.

I'm devoting this month's column to emphasizing this continuing effort, within both the association and vendor communities, to avoid scheduling annual conferences on the same dates.

Commercial exhibitors, likewise, would do well to avoid head to head meeting dates with major user groups or other commercial expositions.

Feel free to make copies of this conference schedule or request reprints by contacting the publisher. Help to spread the word.

ISLUA news

Officers of the International SL-1 Users Association include Ted A. Speakman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute, president; Scott Roney, Dean Foods, vice president; Marie Pinter, Dykema Gosset, secretary; Kathl Johnson, Yale University, treasurer; Sandy Bloomfield, Delaware Group, and Shirley Huebner, Specialty Department Stores, conference co-chairs.

Next year the ISLUA will meet June 28 - July 1 at the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel in Toronto, Canada. Meeting concludes on Canada Day, giving members a chance to take advantage of the July 4 weekend as well. The 1994 meeting will be held at the Sheraton Seattle June 27-30. The 1995 gathering will be in Atlanta.

Around the circuit

Theodore Irmer, director of CCITT, International Telecommunication Union will head the list of key speakers at the 1993 Pacific Telecomm Council meeting. He'll provide an insider's view of the restructuring of ITU. He'll report on the implications of the recent WARC '92 and will be available for consultation to PTC '93 delegates throughout the conference, Jan. 17-20 in Honolulu.

The Tennessee Telecomm Users Association has moved its September meeting to Thursday, the 17th. Site still is Nashville. The December meeting remains on the 3rd in Memphis.

Officers of the Information Systems Security Assoc., for 1992-92 are: President Vaunce M. Rimkus, CCG Inc.; Vice President Jose R. Martinez, Wells Fargo Bank; Treasurer Candace Marullo, Lyondell Petrochemical; Recording Secretary, L. Dain Gary, Carnegie Mellon University; Corresponding Secretary Genevieve Burns, Monsanto. Senior directors are Sally Meglathery, N.Y. Stock Exchange; and Gerald W. Grindler, ASK Consulting.

William J. Laggett, president of Centel Cellular Co., has been elected chairman of the Cellular Telecomm Industry Association (CTIA).

[Roger Underwood has been involved in telecomm for over 35 years as a corporate telecomm manager, association leader (president of ICA, charter director of TCA), and advisor and liaison to the Telecommunications Association Council and supplier communities. Contact him with association news at his new address: 1085 Fox Canyon Lane, Ste. 16, Arroyo Grande, CA 93420; 805-481-8016.]
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Title Annotation:On Associations; Telecomm Associations Council
Author:Underwood, Roger
Publication:Communications News
Article Type:Column
Date:Aug 1, 1992
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