CLC Searches for New Management Known in the meeting industry for its dinosaur-like approach to change, the Convention Liaison Council is now experiencing unexpected growth-so much so that it needs to reexamine its management approach, says Steven Hacker, CAE, chairman of the Board of CLC and president of the International Association for Exposition Management.

The CLC, which represents 26 key associations in the meeting, exhibition, and travel industry, appointed The Resource Center for Associations in Wheat Ridge, Colo., as its management firm in November 1997. But since then, the CLC's needs have changed dramatically. Anticipation of the APEX project, a meeting industry accepted-practices initiative, is one of the main factors triggering the management search, Hacker says. CLC has given the green light to APEX and is now formulating a business plan.

Another impetus to growth, he adds, has been the CLC's new governance structure, adopted in 1997. "CLC has been reinvigorated," he asserts. "We want to make sure we are properly positioned for the future."

CLC will review proposals from association management firms, and it is also considering hiring an association executive who would build a separate CLC staff. Don't count out The Resource Center just yet--CLC is considering its possible future role.