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Denver: Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. – RIMS

The risk community — actually yeah, since you ask, that’s what they call themselves —  gathered in the Mile High City for the RIMS 2014 Annual Conference & Exhibition. RIMS stands for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, and it’s dedicated to “advancing the practice of risk management”.  Hot topics?  Avoiding Cyber Liability Pitfalls: Lessons Learned from Risk Managers, Legal and Forensic Experts, for one.  Another draw was How Will the Legalization of Marijuana Affect Your Employment Policies?  Oh, man….  There was vigorous discussion of FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act. Lessons were learned, as in Lessons Learned From the Colorado Fire and Floods.  Keynote speaker Jordan Belfort, aka the Real Wolf of Wall Street, shared his own hard-learned lessons from self-confessed mistakes, and gave insight on “how to break the barriers that may be holding us back”. Barriers like not taking risks enough, maybe…?

Las Vegas: ICSC RECon

Las Vegas: Money Show 2014

MoneyShow2014

MoneyShow2014

Las Vegas: Collision Conference

Chicago: Sweets & Snacks Expo

More Sweet Treats from the Chicago Sweets & Snacks Expo!

Boston: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Annual – AAPD

AAPD?  Good guess, people, but no — the initials do not stand for the Ann Arbor Police Department, but the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  So we’re talking about kids’ teeth, not law enforcement in Michigan, okay?  Just getting that little misconception cleared up….  This year’s AAPD scientific program delivered cutting-edge topics, including a preconference program titled “2014 Pediatric Medicine Update,” and featuring faculty from Boston’s Children’s Hospital/Harvard University.  New this year was an Evidence-Based Dentistry (EBD) area, with new dental techniques in… um… “evidence”.  The AAPD also provided a “Meet and Greet Mentor Lounge” for new dentists and residents;  so Mentors and Mentees had an opportunity to discuss things.  Wait… mentees?  What are “mentees”, exactly?  Is that like “manatees”?  And what do manatees’ teeth look like, anyway…?  #aapd2014

Frankfurt: IMEX 2014

IMEX14 Arrivals

IMEX14 Arrivals

IMEX, we heard, has been a source and hub for ideas in the worldwide meetings industry for over twelve years. IMEX, we were told, hosts an unprecedented number of industry educational events, delivered in both English and German. There were seminars, interactive workshops and informal group discussions, carefully ordered into tracks to help everyone tailor the learning program of their choice.  All kinds of industry associations and corporations co-located around IMEX.  There were groundbreaking programs like IMEX Vision Initiatives.  Look, it has to be said that Frankfurt in Germany may be the only host city for a business services event where you’ll be greeted by girls in Bavarian skirts and dirndls.  Look, we’re as politically correct as the next mensch, but you guys have gotta admit that girls in those swooping-neckline dirndls are something to be looked down on… har har….