Freeman named CEO of U.S. Travel Association

Trade group’s former COO returns after leading American Gaming Association, Consumer Brands Association.

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David Chavern of @newsalliance, on lobbying via social media: "We used to think about 'Call your congressman,' now it's 'Create a wall of messages and perceptions.'" @NewsCEO #assnchat #association

Leslie Sarasin of @FMI_ORG: "Tech has made it easier to reach people … but it's about quality versus quantity. It's hard to develop relationships with people you don't know" on Zoom #association #assnchat @PoliticsReid @NewsCEO

Both CEOs agree that developing partnerships and relationships is key even when there's not a crisis: "You have to invest in those relationships all the time even when you don't need them," Chavern said. #assnchat #association

David Chavern of @newsalliance says the "unusual dynamic" now is you have a lot of state activism due to lack of action at federal level. @NewsCEO #association #assnchat #advocacy

Leslie Sarasin of @FMI_ORG says advocates are taking advantage of opportunities to advance issues at state and local level, causing FMI to divert more resources to states.

Our webcast on advocacy and association begins. Journalist and moderator Reid Wilson @PoliticsReid asks CEOs Leslie Sarasin and David about growing focus on state and local advocacy. #association #assnchat

Consumer Brands #Association (@consumerbrands) CEO Geoff Freeman will return to U.S. Travel Association (@USTravel) as its next CEO, effective Sept. 1. He succeeds Roger Dow, who has led U.S. Travel for 17 years. #assnchat…

There’s still time to register for *tomorrow’s* CEO Update LIVE webinar. Join us from 11am to 12pm ET for insight on association advocacy with Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid), Leslie Sarasin (of @FMI_ORG), and David Chavern (@NewsCEO) of @newsalliance


Kelly Mariotti (@KellyNMariotti) has been named the next CEO of the #Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (@AHAM_Voice), succeeding longtime leader Joe McGuire. More association departures and arrivals at #assnchat…