New Members Joining IACC September through to November

This summer IACC is pleased to welcome the following new members into global membership.

World of Whirlpool

The World of Whirlpool is not a typical appliance showroom – it’s an experience. We are both an immersive appliance showcase featuring the Whirlpool Corporation family of brands and a discovery-based experience center offering a chance to interact with our experts and learn unique “life hacks.”


Avendra combines purchasing power, operational services and eProcurement software to meet your priorities and requirements. Whether you take advantage of some or all of our capabilities, you’re getting a procurement solution that encapsulates years of best practices, proven supply chain expertise and unmatched customer service. That’s the Avendra Edge.

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG)

IHG® is one of the world’s leading hotel companies, with more than 375,000 people working across almost 100 countries to deliver True Hospitality for everyone.

Meet in SoHo

Meet in SoHo has two fully private meeting spaces – The Breakthrough Studio and a separate breakout room – The Gold Room. Bathed in light, The Breakthrough Studio allows larger teams to meet amidst the creativity and service that Meet is known for. Our trademark custom conference tables accommodate various layouts for up to 150 guests. Numerous whiteboards facilitate an interactive meeting experience. There are two 65″ HD TVs mounted on beautiful brick walls and a large projector screen at the front of the meeting space to display presentations. In addition to a smaller room for breakouts and serving meals, there are two phone booths. Energize your team in the morning with Meet’s amazing coffee bar and wind down in the evening with our legendary add-on wine and cheese tasting. Dynamic geometry and dramatic colors create motion and energy in the space. The contemporary art collection compliments Meet’s signature, evocative style. The space is nestled amid the unmistakable vibrance of classic SoHo architecture, boutique dining, fashionable crowds, and rich history of artists and galleries. We’ve tapped into the neighborhood charm to continue our mission of producing successful meetings in inspiring settings.

“There was no better way to distinguish our Meet in SoHo facility as a first class, high end meeting and event destination than to become a member of IACC. We are honored to be included among the best meeting facilities in the world, ones that meet the high standards and criteria our guests expect and set the IACC family apart from the competition.” Paul Dolce, Chief Operating Officer

Fitler Club

Fitler Club is the only lifestyle club designed and built for Philadelphia’s growing community of business, creative, and social leaders. Dine & socialize in our world-class restaurants & bars, train in the Field House, network in The Study or celebrate life’s most important moments in our one-of-a-kind event spaces – it’s all happening at Fitler Club. Located in the heart of Center City, Fitler Club combines best-in-class social, hospitality, business and wellness elements into one cohesive offering. With high-end design and an exceptional location, we have created a 24/7 “stay/work/play” atmosphere unlike anything in Philadelphia, or the world.
“As a new meeting and event destination scheduled to open in Philadelphia in 2019, becoming an IACC member is essential to establish ourselves as a serious meeting venue. We are thrilled to be among the best meeting venues in the world.” Daniel Briones, Director of Operations

Park MGM

Park MGM, formerly Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, is a megaresort hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. The hotel, with a height of 360 ft (110 m), has 32 floors, featuring a 102,000-square-foot (9,500 m2) casino floor with 1,400 slot machines, 60 table games, and 15 poker tables. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. The hotel offers 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites. The Monte Carlo was converted into Park MGM between late 2016 and 2018, with the upper floors being converted into a boutique hotel, NoMad Las Vegas.

Dianne Budion-Devitt, Asst Professor, New York University, Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management

Dianne Budion-Devitt has a 25-year track record as an innovative leader and expert in communication through events and meetings. Consultant, Speaker, Author, Producer, Educator, Dianne is known for her unique and provocative style blending creativity with inspiration. Industry involvement and recognition includes Meeting Professionals International for over 20 years including President of New York as well as various board positions for the International Special Events Society. Dianne is an Assistant Professor at New York University for over 18 years teaching in the Tisch School of Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Marketing with a focus on the events curriculum. She has received an industry “Hall of Fame” award as well as being the recipient of the NYU “Award for Teaching Excellence.” She was also a nominee for ‘best event’ category in industry Global Paragon Award. Dianne has presented workshops at industry events both domestic and internationally. She is a member of the National Speakers Association. Clients include the Clinton Global Initiative, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, BASF Catalysts, Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her upcoming book (due out early 2010), “What Color is Your Event,” focuses on the importance of delivering a message to bring people together. Dianne continues to challenge conventional thinking by providing insight, wisdom and unique solutions to corporate, academic and industry channels focused on shaping future development of successful meetings and events.

Stayen Hotel and Conference Centre

Located East of Brussels with a direct train from Brussels Station and easy access from Brussels International, Charleroi, Liege & Eindhoven airports, choosing to stay at Hotel Stayen in Sint-Truiden is a smart choice. The surrounding Haspengouw area provides the perfect balance of business and leisure. After your business day enjoy a meal in one of our on-site restaurants or relax in the spa before retreating to your luxury hotel room.
With 35 multifunctional room options all with natural daylight, our Business & Conference Center is the ideal location for an exhibition, multi-day conference, product presentations or seminars.

“IACC offers valuable global networking opportunities which is a benefit to our business. Access to industry reports helps us plan for the future”. Marieke Höfte, CEO

Roger Kellerman, Publisher,Meetings International Publishing

Roger Kellerman has been writing about meetings for 30 years. Together with his wife and editor in chief, Atti Soenarso they have worked as journalists for more than 60 years. Roger Kellerman started MPI Sweden Chapter 1994 so it will be 20 years during 2014. He also helped both Norway and Finland to start their MPI Chapters.

Philippe Attia, PA Hospitality Management & Consulting

Extensive senior management experience in global hospitality and Leisure, Hotels and Resorts Operations and Development, with some of world’s high end hotels & resorts including Dolce Hotels & Resorts, Occidental Hotels & Resorts, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Club Med, Leading hotels of the World and The Walt Disney Company.

Subject matter expert in the management of guest experience, well-being Resorts, Spa destination, MICE business, luxury hotels and resorts operations, hotels and resorts development. 

Opening of several 4 and 5 stars hotels in Europe and US. Experience is backed up by an MBA and CHA – the highest level of study offered in hotel administration by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute, Florida. USA. Also by an executive program at Cornell University USA.
Oversaw the Hospitality operations and development of several new Upscale and luxury Hotels, Resorts, Spas, Golf courses, Conference Centers, in Europe including Spain.

Philippe Attia is also a board director at the global IACC, International Association of Conference Centers.
His previous experience as CEO of -Glion Institute of Higher Education, Switzerland- did offer Glion the industry leadership that is invaluable to the development of Glion’s curriculum and International Development. 

Philippe Attia worked in 12 different countries and held several hospitality leadership positions such as, General Manager, Managing Director, Regional Director, Senior Vice-President and CEO.

In his previous position for Dolce Hotels and Resorts as Senior Vice President Development for EMEA, and as Senior Vice President of operations, Europe, Philippe Attia was responsible for the operations of the Hotels & Resorts in Europe, and manages the company’s corporate office in Paris.

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