As I watched the wildfires rage through Southern California this fall, it was bizarre to see how one house would be left standing, fully intact, while neighboring homes were reduced to nothing but smoldering rubble. It made me think of the hit-or-miss way in which the economic woes that began just a few months ago already are affecting association meetings. Almost half of the meeting professionals we surveyed as the financial markets began to flame out this fall said their attendance was ...

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