ASTA To Discontinue Regionals

Chapter presidents agree to focus solely on World Congress

By: Robert Carlsen

ASTA's Chapter Presidents Council voted 32 to 2 to discontinue regional conferences and focus member resources and time on ASTA's annual World Congress.

The announcement was made at ASTA's Western/Southern Regional in Tucson.

The final conference will be the Northern Regional in Orlando May 1-4.

ASTA said the chapter presidents wanted to focus on having timely local events within their chapters or in conjunction with chapters that are geographically close.

"Yesterday, there was another historic move ahead for ASTA," said Richard Copland, society president. "In a time when we have an abundance of industry shows, ASTA is taking a very positive step to consolidate its own programs. Discontinuing the Regionals allows the chapter to focus on getting their chapter members to support the Congress."