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ISES conference planners continue to expand programs scheduled for the 2001 Conference for Professional Development, Aug. 18-21 at the Adam's Mark Indianapolis Downtown hotel.

Event managers from the Walt Disney World Co., based near Orlando, Fla., will present Behind the Magic: Event Development and Production at the World's Most Famous Theme Park. A two-part Business Financial Systems session will pair segments on generating wealth from business and protecting wealth through careful investing. Other programs include Be a Kid Again: What Kids Can Teach Us About Leadership and Life, and How to Get Customers and Keep Them for Life. Also new is a keynote presentation by sports community representatives from host city Indianapolis, home of the Indianapolis 500, Formula One racing and NCAA headquarters.

CONTACT: ISES, 401 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611; 800/688-4737, 312/321-6853; Web site:

src="/images/archive/601aul.jpg" vspace="0" border="0" hspace="6" height="135" width="140">Wolfgang Puck Leads NACE Conference Lineup

The National Association of Catering Executives will host its 2001 Educational Conference July 18-21 at the Westin Mission Hills Resort in Palm Springs, Calif. More than 700 event industry professionals are expected to attend the gathering, according to NACE first vice president and event organizer Paula Fenner. This year's presentation lineup features internationally known chef/restaurateur Wolfgang Puck as opening keynote speaker. Other speakers include Clark Success Systems president and author Dan Clark and brewer Jim Koch, founder of Boston Beer Co. Educational sessions have been grouped by specialties and address new trends, success techniques and creative innovations. Attendees will also be able to participate in themed food and beverage events designed to offer hands-on learning opportunities.

CONTACT: NACE, 5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 328, Columbia, MD 21044; 410/997-9055; Web site:

Of Note

The Association of Destination Management Executives has launched a certification program aimed at raising industry standards and helping clients choose qualified destination management companies. Enrollment forms for the Destination Management Certified Professional program are available now; the first certification exam will take place in January. ADME, 3333 Quebec St., Suite 4050, Denver, CO 80207; 303/394-3905; Web site:

The American Rental Association and the Rental Industry Association have signed a cooperative agreement geared toward combining the strengths of the two organizations and eliminating duplicate services. ARA president Frank Wilson called the agreement “a monumental step forward” for the organizations, while RIA president Larry Pedersen said both groups have worked “tirelessly” toward a consensus. ARA, 1900 19th St., Moline, IL 61265; 800/334-2177, 309/764-2475; Web site:; RIA, 216 N. East St., P.O. Box 1967, Woodland, CA 95776-1967; 800/272-7400, 530/666-4337; Web site:

The Society of Incentive & Travel Executives approved a Chicago chapter at SITE's February meeting in Scotland. The new chapter serves all of Illinois. SITE, 21 W. 38th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018-5584; 212/575-0910; Web site:

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