APEX Board Meeting Highlights - May 2013

Dear APEX members,
The APEX Board met last week in Lisbon, Portugal, after an extremely successful TV Market Conference (29 April - 1 May).  This year's conference was expanded to include booths featuring not only TV content, but also movies, apps, games and GUIs. The TV Market Conference yielded the highest attendance ever - 236 members, including representation from 22 airlines (in 2012, there were 193 attendees from 18 airlines).  
Registrants also enjoyed a very well-received educational program, as well as an "Ask the Board" panel on 1 May.  Board members were very keen to hear members' direct feedback related to earlier planning for APEX events, improved rates and accommodations at TV Market hotels and other items.   Already, the Board and Committees are taking these comments into consideration as we seek to make earlier commitments on conference and event sites and begin work to make next year's TV Market Conference experience -- in Dublin, Ireland, 28-30 April 2014 -- better than ever.
As for the Board meeting -- we discussed many issues. The following are highlights of the meeting. 
- BOARD CANDIDATES SOUGHT - The Nominations Committee -- Alfy Veretto (Chair), Mark Horton, Lee Casey -- have been meeting throughout the year to deliver to you a slate of strong candidates, and the nominations process is now open.   Please feel free to speak to anyone on this committee or the Board for more information. To access the application, visit: http://fs22.formsite.com/kellen1/form30/index.html
- APEX COMING TO ASIA - As we recently have done in other regions, the Board is committed to hosting APEX events in Asia.  The Board agreed to an APEX Asia Educational Event this year in November.  We currently are evaluating options and soon will announce the specific dates and location.    A robust agenda is planned. Please stay tuned to apex.aero for developments.   
- MULTI-YEAR EVENT CALENDAR - To help members better plan for APEX events going forward and to ensure APEX has a consistent presence throughout the world, the Board has been working on a 7-year event plan that will include conferences in all continents on a frequent and regular basis.  The 2013-14 event schedule is nearly finalized (see below).  The full 7-year plan will be presented at the Annual General Meeting at the EXPO this September.  
- AWARDS - The Board voted for recipients of the APEX Lifetime and Outstanding Achievement awards based on recommendations from members.  I'm very excited about recognizing these deserving individuals.  Announcements of the winners will come late this summer.
Meanwhile, please note that the deadline for submissions to the Passenger Choice Awards is 30 June, and we're very excited about this year's host, Pam Ann!  The ceremony will be at EXPO, Monday 9 September.  Airlines, be sure to encourage your passengers to vote at www.passengerchoiceawards.com
Also, please note, the Avion Awards submission deadline is 30 June 2013 for both Best Achievement in Technology (vendor members) and Best Single Achievement in Passenger Experience (airline members).  
- EXPO IN ANAHEIM - The Board is working very hard to expand the variety of exhibitors this year to provide even more value to attendees whose interests go well beyond IFE&C and include companies focused on other services, including comfort and cabin ambience.   As I stated in my February message to you, this year's EXPO also will integrate the IFSA exhibitors, which we hope will further enhance the delegate experience.  In just a few weeks, registration will open for this new, expanded EXPO featuring APEX and IFSA.
The next Board meeting will take place via conference call in mid-June to confirm the Board nominations slate (voting will be open the entire month of August) and address any other outstanding issues.  
I hope you find this update useful.  As always, I welcome your feedback to me or to any member of the Board.  Our contact information can be found here.
Linda Celestino
APEX President
Remaining 2013 APEX Events*
November -- Educational Event (TBD) Asia
19-20 November -- TC Meeting, Newport Beach, California, USA
Planned 2014 APEX Events*
January -- International CES (APEX Educational Session)
February/March -- Educational Event (TBD), Middle East
28-30 April -- TV Market Conference, Dublin, Ireland
Mid-May -- TC Meeting, Burbank, California, USA
Summer -- Educational Event (TBD), Europe or Asia
15-18 September -- APEX/IFSA EXPO, Anaheim, California USA
Late Fall -- Educational Event (TBD), Europe or Asia
18-19 November -- TC Meeting, Newport Beach, California, USA
*plans are still under way and subject to change, please visit apex.aero for the most up to date event calendar


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