Comprehensive Amendments to Constitution Passed
At this year’s annual general meeting on April 04, 2017, the Congress Center Messe Frankfurt, and the EVVC agreed on a comprehensive amendments to the constitution.
Effective immediately, per § 30, the Executive Board may appoint a ‘Special Representative’ (General Secretary) to allow further professionalization at the office. Moving forward, the ‘Special Representative’ may take on parts of the Managing Director role, representing the Association in various ways.
“Facing the upcoming board elections next year, we would like to head in the right direction”, said EVVC President Joachim Koenig. “We can see a continuous increase in numbers and intensity of topics handled by the Association, which makes it difficult for our colleagues to act as honorary president or vice president to the full extent. Optimal support of our members, and maybe additional efforts for internalization, combined with representing the interests of the event industry on the political platform, continue to be important issues that require comprehensive and professional attention”.
The position of ‘General Secretary’ is to be filled in 2017, to prepare for a smooth transition for the newly elected Board in 2018. On proposal of the Board, the current Vice President Ilona Jarabek, will run for President in 2018.
EVVC Partner to be Part of Executive Board in the Future
It was also concluded to integrate EVVC partners with their own position into the Executive Board, allowing an exchange forum in form of an independent partner work group (AG), similar to the already existing AG I- IV. Thus, the EVVC recognizes the growing importance of the currently 66 partner businesses, which contribute significantly to the realization of many EVVC projects, financially, and with content.
The first increase in member fees in 14 years, was considered by all members as appropriate and necessary, and approved with only a few votes against.
Dietmar Philipp and Guenter Ihlenfeld Named Honorary Members
This year’s annual general meeting was also the setting for naming two former Board Members, who recently retired, Honorary Members.
Since 1991, Dietmar Philipp served as General Manager at Graf-Zeppelin-Haus in Friedrichshafen, and in this position he was also a member of the marketing committee, found under Klaus Krumrey. From 2000 – 2006, as a board member, Philipp served as Marketing Associate.
Guenter Ihlenfeld was the Managing Director at Congress Centrum Pforzheim until 2016. As a long-time board member, he was in charge of work group II (AG II).