PCAAE Associations Summit 4 (AS4) a big success

as4-group-photoThe Philippine Council of Associations and Association Executives’ (PCAAE) 4th annual Association Summit (AS4) held on November 23-24, 2016 at the Philippine International Convention Centre (PICC) was a big success judging from the participation of about 200 local and overseas attendees and their excellent rating of the event.

The 2-day programme, themed, “Race to Innovation: Winning in the Age of Disruption”, featured 23 educational tracks presented by as many practitioners, thought leaders and speakers from here and abroad, 36 table top exhibitors from association suppliers, conference organizers, event managers, hotels, venues and destinations, as well as 9 winning institutions and individuals of the “Ang Susi” Awards 2016.

The learning plenaries and concurrent sessions covered a wide range of “day-to-day” topics and issues that associations face – from board governance, leadership, membership, business models, technology, branding and communications, products and services, millennials, relevance, finance and investments and yes, even music!

The Summit also shined the spotlight on outstanding associations and association board members and professionals through the “Ang SUSI Awards” that was presented during the formal gala dinner and awards night on November 23. Recognition for outstanding achievements was given in six categories: helping the environment, empowering people, serving communities, enhancing trade and industry, developing technology solutions, and for being agents of change. In addition, there were also two individual awards: the “Association Board Member of the Year” and the “Association Executive of the Year” (please see separate story).

The event was supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, PICC, the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific, the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Center for International Private Enterprise, Turkish Airlines, Asian Carmakers Corporation/BMW, COL Financial Philippines, e-Copy Corporation, Land Bank of the Philippines, Development Bank of the Philippines, PACEOS, Via Mare, Writers Edge, Philippine Retailers Association, CFA Society of the Philippines, Avanza, Stars & Events, Tasteful Catering, Commerce Asia Inc., K Signs & Designs, Tatstone Systems Inc., Philippine Franchise Association, Classic Travelhaus, Manny O. Wines, Ad-Man Resources, Inc., MICE Japan, TTG Associations of TTG Asia Media of Singapore, with ABS-CBN News Channel and Business Mirror as media partners.

Speakers and panelists from the Philippines included: Armando Bartolome, chairman, Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc.; Bienvenido Policarpio, president of Dale Carnegie Training Philippines; Jess Rebustillos, president of the People Management Association of the Philippines; Ed Mapa Jr., founder of the Institute of Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines; Anne Ducanes, president of the Bank Marketing Association of the Philippines; Nick Fontanilla, trustee of the Institute for Solidarity in Asia; Joel Josol and Robin Uy, Entrepreneur Solutions Architects at Hewlett-Packard Philippines; Emily A. Abrera, chairperson of the Cultural Center of the Philippines; Jos Ortega, chairman & CEO of Havas Media Ortega; Marvin Fausto, president of IFE Management Advisers, Inc. and COL Financial Fund Expert; Albert Budahhim, Chief Integration Officer, IPG Mediabrands Philippines; Gerry Constantino, director, Projects & Sector Advocacy, European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines; Jing Lagandaon, president, Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers & Suppliers, Inc.; and Sheila Samonte-Pesayco, president & Chief Operating Officer, Writers Edge.

Speakers from overseas were Mr. John Graham IV, President and CEO, American Society of Association Executives; Ms. Maria Tong, China Representative of American Society of Association Executives and Mr. John Peacock, General Manager, Association Forum Pty, Ltd. of Australia.

PCAAE, dubbed as the “association of associations” in the country, was set up in November 2013 to cater to the needs of association board members and professional association managers. For inquiries on the PCAAE and the AS4, please contact the PCAAE Secretariat through Mr. Boyet Florencio at eflorencio@adfiap.org.

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