WVSAE Mourns Passing of Bob Anderson

Bob Anderson, who served the South Charleston community for more than five decades, died Saturday afternoon. Anderson, who was widely known for his "Every day is Christmas" mantra, retired in 2018 after 50 years of public service.  He had been a member of WVSAE for many years. For years Anderson, a graduate of South Charleston High School, worked tirelessly promoting South Charleston and helped organize event like the city's annual Summerfest, Christmas parade and Armed Forces Day parade. [...]


Congratulations, Pam Farris!

Congratulations to Pam Farris for being named one of West Virginia Executive’s (WVE) Class of 2019 “Sharp Shooters.” Sharp Shooters are West Virginians over the age of 43 who are all-stars in their respective fields and represent what is great about the past and exciting about the future of the Mountain State.  Because WVE receives so many nominations each year, it has created a strict set of criteria to ensure the honorees are the cream of the crop.  [...]


The “New” Court: Restoring Faith

"I didn't know what to expect," said Justice Tim Armstead, when speaking about his appointment and subsequent election to a seat on the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals during remarks made at the June WVSAE meeting at the Marriott Town Center Hotel. The worst thing he found was the loss of trust in the Supreme Court, but he said, "We're coming out the other side now, being more open and responsive." Armstead said the justices asked themselves, [...]


Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center Honored

The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center has received several accolades by Charleston Area Alliance and American Institute of Architects - West Virgina following the completion of the recent $100 Million expansion and renovation project at the facility. Charleston Area Alliance recognized the facility with the “Best New Development Award” during it’s 12th annual “We Love Our Community” Awards Program. These annual awards recognize persons and organizations that make the Charleston area a great place to live, work and [...]


Negotiating Rooms, Space and Catering: Tips from the Best

The Collective Voice of Associations in West Virginia Rooms – Roseshalla Holmes, Four Points by Sheraton Discounted price offered for 10 or more sleeping rooms on peak night Attrition and Cancellation Clauses Courtesy block; no attrition and no more than 20 sleeping rooms on peak night Space – Cindi Napier, The Greenbrier FUN! Be Flexible Be Upfront Be Nice Space – Kim Lapana, Lakeview Resort Having your Conference on a Football Weekend in a College Town Sunday through [...]


What did the legislature do?

Dave Mistich, host of West Virginia Public Broadcasting's "The Legislature Today," said the legislature is trying to "peel back" severance and sales taxes by trying to give industries which may be depressed a break, such as the coal industry.  "We're seeing taxes drop, but no new source of revenue coming," Mistich explained. In addition to Mistich's comments, we'd like to thank Roseshalla Holmes and the staff of Four Points by Sheraton for an outstanding meal and a marvelous [...]


Congratulations to Rebecca McPhail!

2019 Alumni of the Year recipient for the College of Business, Humanities and Social Sciences Rebecca McPhail is president of the West Virginia Manufacturers Association, the largest business and trade organization representing the manufacturing industry in the Mountain State. As president, McPhail is the voice for manufacturers with state and federal regulators and elected leaders, advocating for policies and partnerships that encourage economic investment and manufacturing growth in West Virginia. Before joining the WVMA in 2013, McPhail was [...]


A Day In The Life Of An Executive Director

Editor's Note:  This is from Joan Garry Consulting (because nonprofits are messy) You know those pharmaceutical commercials that tell you the drug is going to save your life but that side effects include everything from loss of all motor control in from your waist down to brain aneurisms to a you-know-what lasting longer than four hours? That’s kinda like being a nonprofit Executive Director, the person in charge. Here you are trying to save a teeny-weeny part of the [...]


Our Newest CAE!

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has announced that Beth A. White, executive director of the West Virginia Association for Justice, has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation. White is the first new CAE in West Virginia in more than 10 years. Just eight additional West Virginians hold the credential. The CAE is the highest professional credential in the association industry. To be eligible, an applicant must have a minimum of three years experience with nonprofit [...]


The Race to 5G

"The demand for wireless is rising, and the race is on to the 5G platform and the use of 'small cells' to augment traditional cell towers," according to AT&T's Andy Feeny, WVSAE's February speaker. Feeny said 38% of West Virginia households are currently wireless only, and network capacity must be upgraded.  Both fiber and power attach from the tower to the landline network.  He anticipates $50 million of infrastructure investment in the next five years and that it [...]