Event comes to Albany after 10 years in Saratoga Springs. 

ALBANY, NY -The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB) welcomes the ESSAE Annual Conference and Trade Show, taking place at the Albany Capital Center, Thursday, June 1.

"With more than 200 attendees and 150 exhibitors expected this year, the annual conference is our signature event, fostering professional development and networking together with best practices and new products and services," says Vanessa LaClair, CMP, Executive Director of the Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE).

The ESSAE event has been held in Saratoga Springs for the past 10 years.

"Bringing the Annual Conference & Trade Show back to Albany enhances the connection to our association professionals with downtown office locations, and it allows us to showcase an industry event in the heart of the city," says LaClair.

LaClair and the rest of the organization are also excited about the opportunity this presents for ESSAE to give back to the local community. "Not only will this event empower our association and industry partners, it will also give back to the community. Partnering with Rock & Wrap It Up this year, ESSAE will donate leftover prepared food to the Interfaith Partnership for the Homeless."

The Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE), organized in 1979, is a group of professional association executives employed by trade, business and professional associations. Patterned after the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), headquartered in Washington, D.C., ESSAE is an allied member of the national organization. Many current ESSAE members are also members of ASAE. ESSAE now boasts over 450 members.

The annual one-day conference and trade show offers professional development opportunities through continuing education courses, and chances to network with other association professionals. The event will include a tradeshow that will offer the opportunity to interact with key decision makers in association and meetings industries, including a number of local hotels and vendors.

"We couldn't be more excited to welcome ESSAE to Albany. We know that associations have incredible power in our market, and command a huge sector of the local meeting economy," says Michele Vennard, President/CEO of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We are looking forward to showing these executives all that Albany has to offer--not just for this meeting, but for future meetings of their members."

About the ACCVB:
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit www.albany.org.