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Kudos to ACT/IAC’s Kelly Olson is one to watch

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olsonA big congratulations to Kelly Olson, director of conferences and events for the American Council for Technology and the Industry Advisory Council. ConventionSouth magazine, in its December issue, names Olson as one of the “Meeting Pros To Watch In ’09.”

Read Olson’s write up here.

ACT/IAC Executive Director Ken Allen sent the following note out to board members:

I am delighted to let you know that Kelly Olson has been selected by ConventionsSouth magazine as one of their Meeting Professionals to Watch in 2009. According to the magazine, Kelly was selected because her “outstanding professionalism, creativity, and dedication to the meetings and conventions industry truly makes her an inspiration to others within the industry.” She will be profiled in the December issue of the magazine.

I know that all of us concur with this selection and congratulate Kelly upon her selection.

ConventionSouth is a trade publication covering the convention business. Here is how they describe themselves:

The South’s leading meetings industry magazine since 1983, ConventionSouth provides invaluable how-to features, keeping meeting planners up-to-date with destination profiles, meeting news, trade show venue information, meeting planner profiles and more–everything they need to get the most out of events they hold in the South!

Congratulations to Olson for the recognition.

Written by cdorobek

December 10, 2008 at 8:29 PM

Posted in awards, Circuit

Some buzz on FCW’s new editor… and the note sent to staff

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Earlier, we told you that 1105 Government Information Group has named a new editorial director and editor in chief of Federal Computer Week — David Rapp, formerly of Congressional Quarterly.

People have been asking me if I know him — and, to be honest, I don’t. I’ve been asking around. One former CQ person had very good things to say.

“Very talented, tons of experience with electronic and print products. I’d say they got the right guy,” this person said.

As I mentioned before, there are a lot of challenges ahead. I can’t wait to meet him.

After the break, read the e-mail that Anne Armstrong, 1105 Government Information Group’s president, sent to staff today.
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December 10, 2008 at 6:59 PM

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DorobekInsider brush with the famous: Michael Chertoff

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chertoffI mentioned that I had the chance to sit down with DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff on Tuesday as part of a meeting with bloggers that he has undertaken. In actuality, not all of them were bloggers, but… whatever. It was great to spend an hour with theDHS Secretary.

So the people who attended were Rich Cooper of Catalyst Partners and contributor to the Security Debrief blog; Daniel Fowler, homeland security reporter for Congressional Quarterly; Michael Santarcangelo, founder and chief security strategist for Security Catalyst, and Mary Mosquera of Federal Computer Week.

We covered a lot of ground — FEMA, the new team, transition, inauguration issues, cyber-security — and I have to run upstairs to WTOP 103.5 FM to talk about it, but… I’ll work, work, work to get it all posted.

In brief:

  • FEMA: Keep it with DHS
  • Inauguration: Working with the local jurisdictions to make sure everybody is safe
  • Transition recommendations: Give the agency time to settle in before undertaking another reorganization
  • Self-assessment: Katrina was the low point, but he is proud that it has been more than 7-years since a terrorist attack. That isn’t allDHS, but DHS played a role
  • A blogger round-table: He liked the conversations and would recommend it to the next administration

More details later.

Written by cdorobek

December 10, 2008 at 2:18 PM

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FCW gets a new editor: David Rapp… and the new marketing person is official

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David Rapp

David Rapp

I mentioned that 1105 Government Information Group was close to naming a new editor for Federal Computer Week. Today… they made it official… David Rapp, a long-time executive with Congressional Quarterly.

Thankfully, Rapp will also serve in the newly created role of editor director of all of the 1105 Government Information Group products, something that has been desperately needed.

Here is his note that he sent to CQ announcing his departure, as reported by FishbowlDC in December 2007… and his LinkedIn profile… and his Facebook page.

1105 also announced that Stephanie Decker, previously with The Weekly Standard and Politico, are joining the company as Editorial Director and Director of Marketing.

Read the full release after the break.
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Written by cdorobek

December 10, 2008 at 1:09 PM