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June 2010 Focus Forum Announcement

Lessons Learned: Keys to Successful Meetings in 2010 and Beyond

IMN Solutions Leverages Power of the Network for Association Clients

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2010 – Association executives have been hard hit by the economic realities of the past two years: declining membership rolls, meeting attendance and reduced supplier support, to name a few. And while the storm isn’t over yet, hope is on the horizon.

Many lessons have been learned during these challenging times, and IMN Solutions, a leading association, foundation and meeting management company, will share them at its upcoming Focus Forum event, “Lessons Learned: Keys to Successful Meetings in 2010 and Beyond.”

The event will be held at the new-age W Hotel in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 3, 2010 from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. A cocktail reception on the rooftop terrace of the hotel with a panoramic view of Washington, DC will follow. Registration for the event and reception are complimentary to association executives.

The theme of the event will be “Leveraging The Power of the Network,” which is the core operating principle of IMN Solutions. “Whether it is social networks, networking groups, or personal networks, we all hear about how important it is to stay connected,” says IMN Solutions President & CEO Jack Sammis.

“But a network is only as good as the benefits you can draw from it,” says Sammis. “At IMN Solutions, we understand the power of leveraging one's network – our clients represent over $100 Million in annual buying power. We will share the lessons and best practices gleaned through our negotiating and meeting planning experience.”

Top executives from IMN Solutions and their partners will talk about the ways they successfully negotiated their way through the recession and the lessons learned in the process. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Analyze hotel contracts for negotiable items in an economic crisis
  • Design better hotel contracts for the future
  • Understand the benefits of volume buying
  • Gain negotiating tips and best practices
  • Use audit meeting results to leverage future negotiations
  • Rebuild meetings through a pay-for-performance, no-risk marketing campaign
  • Make meetings greener through tips from the Convene Green Alliance
  • Build international participation in U.S. meetings
  • Explore ways to grow international meetings and commerce

“We’re all in this together, and together we can leverage solutions to add value to meetings and improve the bottom line,” Sammis says. “Through The Power of the Network we can help associations make all their meetings more successful.”

For more information, call (703) 908-0707 or visit