Houston is open and ready for business!

We’re counting down the days until EMDA’s Fall Convention and can assure members that the flooding in Houston caused by Hurricane Harvey in late August won’t prevent us from holding our convention at the Hyatt Regency Houston in November.

The hotel was unaffected by the storm. The airports are operating at capacity. The downtown business district was not damaged and is open and busy.

All of our optional tours are a go too: Rice Village Food Tour, the Museum tour, and Space Center Houston are currently running, so we’ll be fine in November.

The Golf Club of Houston did experience a breach of water at the Bayou that runs between their courses — but thankfully, they were very lucky that the water receded quickly and their pump houses were not flooded. The Tournament Course was able to re-open for play the Saturday after the storm. The Member Course (where our Golf Outing will be) opened a few days later. Unfortunately, their bunkers received some damage and they are continuing to work on that issue. The clubhouse did not flood.

As you’ll see in the video, Visit Houston President Mike Waterman says “Houston is open and ready for business.”

We look forward to adding our support to the Houston economy with our Convention in November.  Register today! #EMDAhouston

 

 

 

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What would you do with found time?

Wouldn’t it be great if time was like our lost car keys? Something that we could find and put to use right away?

If I found extra time at the office I could list ten things I’d do today.

What would YOU do?

You could make another sales call . . . file some paper . . . write a white paper for your industry group . . . do that long overdue employee review . . . catch up on sales reports. Every person in a rep firm has work waiting for them. No one would be dinged for being more effective, would they?

As a salesperson, your work includes keeping notes about sales activities, setting future action items, following up on past action items, organizing quotes for a variety of projects and customers, all while keeping the boss (and factories) posted about what’s in the pipeline.

At Orgo, we help you find time. This found time lets you make more sales calls, store more files, be more organized, heck . . . it even writes your reports for you. Yes, I said it. It will do your work for you.

Imagine being able to file a quote in one place and have it instantly available when searching by customer, principal, or salesperson. How much easier would your sales life be if you always had your notes at hand? Never forget a file at the office again! Orgo provides unlimited storage space. Orgo lets you attach multiple manufacturers to a single opportunity with separate notes and to do items. It even lets you assign a task to someone else. Talk about saving time!

Call us today to schedule a tour of Orgo. You’ll see how much time you’ll find . . . how you fill it is up to you golfing, napping, hiking, reading. Once you get Orgo-nized, the options are endless.

Karen L. Jefferson CSP CPMR IEBB is the Director of New Business Development for Orgo Sales Engine. Her lifetime of experience working with reps and manufacturers gives her unique insight into the needs of both. Contact her to see how to save time (and make money). (866) 976-6746 or www.OrgoSales.com

 

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Houston and the EMDA Fall Convention #EMDAhouston

Our thoughts are with the people of Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

With the EMDA Fall Convention scheduled for November 7-9 in Houston, we’ll keep members updated as we learn more from our convention partners in the Houston area.

  • The Hyatt Regency Houston hotel has remained dry and fully functioning during the storm.
  • Houston’s convention campus / Avenida Houston and surrounding hotels sustained no damage (this includes the Hyatt Regency Houston).
  • Both airports (HOU and IAH) reopened on August 30 at 4 p.m. with limited service, with full service expected by the weekend. Service remains limited at both airports on August 31.
  • We’ll be checking on off-site locations in the next week, after they’ve had a chance to assess any damage and get through this week.

City of Houston Relief Response

City of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Donations can be made to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund here: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/.

Our friends at the Farm Equipment Manufacturers Association say it best: “Among ways we plan to contribute to the recovery is simply by being there in November, dining in city restaurants, visiting local attractions, and demonstrating our confidence in the city’s comeback effort.”

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EMDA’s email was spoofed

It’s always something —

Whether it’s someone trying to convince you that hotel rooms at EMDA convention are almost gone, or yet another email ‘advertising’ the availability of attendee lists, they’re ALL scams. Now we’re adding “Email Spoofing” to our list of warnings.

Last Tuesday, several members received what looked to be an email from EMDA supposedly informing them of a mandatory requirement for members to update membership information on a new platform.

While staff is working on adding member-only section to EMDA web site, we do not have a “new requirement and platform” as noted in the scam email.

My first thought when I learned about the emails was that I’d been hacked. What I subsequently learned is that my email had actually been “spoofed.” In general terms, if you’ve been hacked you’re very likely not able to access your email account. Another clue: If you have email in your Sent folder that you did NOT send: Your account has been compromised (hacked). But that’s not what happened to EMDA.

Spoofing is when a spammer sends out emails using your email address in the From: field. The idea is to make it seem like the message is from you – in order to trick people into opening it. If you DO NOT find any strange email in your Sent Folder: Your account has most likely been spoofed. This is what happened to EMDA.

So what can you do about email spoofing?

The short answer is, not much. There are no definitive ways to prevent someone from harvesting your email address from the internet somewhere and using it for spam (EMDA’s web site does list emails, but they are protected with ROT13 encryption). One thing that usually makes it much more difficult for someone to spoof your email is the SPF standard – “Sender Policy Framework.” SPF enables a domain to specify which servers may send emails on its behalf. EMDA’s web domain has always had the SPF standard enabled, but sometimes receiving servers ignore the SPF settings. In light of this latest spoofing, I’ve tightened up some of the SPF parameters.

In any case, here are a few tips to consider if you receive any more spoofed EMDA email:

  • Check the From: field – it should say “EMDA/Patricia A. Collins”
  • Check for spelling errors – ie. their instead of there, or even not capitalizing the letters of the association name
  • General vagueness or bad syntax – ie. Dear “members and friends”, or “inform that our new requirement and platform”
  • Check the To: field – in the copies of the spoof email members sent to me, none of them had the correct To: email address

When in doubt, if an email from EMDA looks at all suspicious, just call or send an email to me.

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#EMDAhouston

Registrations are arriving daily for the EMDA Fall Convention to be held this November 7-9 in Houston, and new this year, we’re venturing into using more social media to help us promote the Fall Convention and Industry Showcase with a meeting hashtag – #EMDAhouston

In case you were wondering, the Hyatt Regency Houston hotel has remained dry and fully functioning during the storm. The hotel, located downtown, is about 45’ above sea level but the areas around (and the ones with major flooding) are as low as 3’.

A couple of updates from the Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau:
• Houston’s convention campus / Avenida Houston and surrounding hotels sustained no damage (this includes the Hyatt Regency Houston, site of EMDA’s 2017 Fall Convention).
• Both airports are expected to be operational by the end of the week.

We look forward to adding our support to the Houston economy with our Fall Convention in November.

So, we’ve got a hashtag, now what? Here are some dos and don’ts for tweeting at conferences:

  • Tweet about sessions. If you are participating in a great roundtable discussion, or are really enjoying listening to Mike Mullane at the Joint Opening Session,  tweet about it.
  • Tweet about logistical information that others will find helpful. EMDA will be publishing useful logistical information, and if you’ve got more to add, find a great restaurant, know an easy transportation option, etc.,  let your fellow convention goers know.
  • Don’t tweet anything you over people discussing in a private conversation, and don’t tweet a picture of attendees taken without their knowledge. Be courteous and respectful of privacy. Only tweet information that is public.
  • Don’t tweet misinformation. Check your facts. Say a person launches a tweet about the price of Wi-Fi at the convention hotel. What they may not realize is that the association had negotiated free Wi-Fi for conference participants. But once she tweeted the incorrect information, it started a tidal wave of nasty comments. The organization suffered unfair negative publicity due to one person who tweeted without checking her facts first. [For the record, EMDA members will receive complimentary Wi-Fi in their sleeping rooms at the Hyatt Regency Houston]
  • We can’t wait to see what else members come up with to tweet about — remember to include #EMDAhouston

Take a look at the program, see who’s already registered, download the registration form, and return it to the EMDA staff today!

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