Meeting Technology that Encourages Engagement Among Attendees

Posted by Beth Mauro on Dec 11, 2019 1:44:15 PM

For years, people have been chanting that technology will replace the live meeting. That won’t be happening any time soon based on reports from recent industry-related conferences attended by AH Meetings professionals. There is a myriad of opportunities to harness technology to add customer service and enhance the live experience in a highly customized way. The added bonus: creating a longer tail for meeting content and sponsorship buys.

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Topics: technology, front row meetings & events, meeting management

Day 1 of AH 2019 Leadership Forum Leaves Attendees Fired Up

Posted by Sarah Black on Dec 6, 2019 12:34:46 PM

Volunteer leaders from across the country gathered for inspiration, motivation, and practical tips for their associations

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Topics: leadership, technology, Membership

The 2019 Red Chair Award Winners

Posted by AH on Nov 26, 2019 9:57:30 AM

Last week, AH hosted its seventh annual Leadership Forum event at the Westin Mount Laurel Hotel in Mount Laurel, NJ. Over 120 volunteer leaders, association professionals, and industry partners came together for two days of education and networking. AH also hosted the sixth annual Red Chair Awards ceremony, honoring multiple client partners that have exceeded goals and expectations under AH's four pillars of success.

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Topics: leadership, AH News, Growth, technology, Foresight

Creating Immersive Learning Experiences with Virtual Reality

Posted by Caitlin McWilliams on May 15, 2019 3:19:53 PM

Virtual Reality (VR) can be used to offer an immersive learning experience that provides real-life scenarios without requiring you to do anything more than put on a headset. AH’s client partner, NADCA, the HVAC Inspection, Cleaning, and Restoration Association, recently launched its own VR program during its 30th Annual Meeting & Exposition.

NADCA’s VR experience was developed to give newer technicians in the air duct cleaning industry an opportunity to experience a job site before actually going to a job site—it introduces them to a commercial mechanical room and walks them through the process of identifying components of the system all while wearing the headset and sitting in the comfort of a cushioned-swivel chair.

The VR training will be used in conjunction with the current certification training. NADCA offers two certifications, the Air Systems Cleaning Specialist (ASCS) and Certified Ventilation Inspector (CVI). The ASCS is the landmark certification (CVI is the more advanced certificate and having your ASCS is a prerequisite).

Currently, NADCA is in the process of finalizing the second VR experience and expect it to be completed by the end of the summer. Both "modules" are geared more to the newer professional in the industry and align with the ASCS training. The plan is to use the VR at their two annual events moving forward, the Annual Meeting & Exposition, and the Fall Technical Conference. The VR will be available for all attendees to try, but it is specifically developed for the ASCS training course which is included as a pre-meeting opportunity for both events.

NADCA also offers custom training events outside of the two annual conferences, and plan to incorporate the VR there as well. A NADCA-certified instructor is sent to a company who would like to hold the training and event at their location for their staff. The instructor spends a full day doing classroom training (PowerPoint presentation) and the following day, the attendees sit for the certification exam. Incorporating the VR into these events will allow the participants to step into the situation and experience aspects of what they learned in the classroom before taking the exam.

NADCA’s VR experience was developed to give newer technicians in the air duct cleaning industry an opportunity to experience a job site before actually going to a job site—it introduces them to a commercial mechanical room and walks them through the process of identifying components of the system all while wearing the headset and sitting in the comfort of a cushioned-swivel chair.

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Topics: innovation, technology