May 14, 2012- Minneapolis, MN – The independents are meeting at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas for the 3rd Annual IEP National Conference on May 15th to the 17th of 2012. Any independent company that has no ownership or control by any company in the spirit industry with annual gross revenues of $5 million or more is able to attend. Non-member companies who fall under these guidelines may attend the conference to hear first-hand about the Independents organizational goals, accomplishments and future tasks by simply paying the conference fee.
The conference will be held at the beautiful Venetian Resort Hotel and Casino on the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The Venetian has over 30 individual restaurants on the property, amazing shopping, 4 great golf courses, and is home to the Canyon Ranch Spa which was voted the “Best Spa” by Meetings Magazine. The all-suite guestrooms will be in the Palazzo Tower. These rooms include sunken living rooms and Italian marble bathrooms.
A limited number of vendor and sponsorship booths will be available. If interested in talking first hand with the leaders of major independent companies, contact Ann Lerhmann, the IEP Annual Conference Registration Director. (410-799-1390).
Visit www.WeAreIEP.com to obtain a complete registration packet with pricing and details located on the home page of the website.
The NAB is the democratically elected Board within the USASF that determines the agenda for the organization moving forward. Virtually every major initiative of the USASF in the past 5 years started with, or was significantly improved by, the work of the NAB.
There was a primary election this year because of the large number (64) of nominated and qualified candidates. With 880 total votes cast, the election was very close in every race.
Please join me in congratulating the finalists for election to the USASF National Advisory Board (NAB).
Nicki Baker – Nebraska Cheer Center
Keith Johnston – N.E.O. Cheer & Dance
Michelle Reisdorf – Ultimate Athletics
Amy Grey – Desert Elite
Raul Lerma – Nor Cal Elite
Derick Paterson – Cheergyms.com
Tara Cain – Maryland Twisters
Lee Grobstein – Star Athletics
Tim Morgan – USA! All Stars
Kyle Bright – Stingray All Stars
Cory Hines – Top Gun All Stars
Sean Sutton – CheerForce One
Brad Habermel – Cheer Athletics
Erin Johnson – Spring Creek Athletics
David Urmie – Tribe Cheer
Dawnn Doychak – First Friday
Kevin Jones – Spirit Innovations
Jason Silverman – Powerful Words
Shane Womack – Inside Cheerleading
Craig Davis – World Spirit Federation
Darren DeMoss – WSA
Matt Goto – Varsity All-Star/USA
Karen Halterman – NCA/NDA
Ann Lehrmann – Cheer & Dance Extreme
Tres LeTard – Varsity All-Star
Mike Pare – Spirit Cheer
Tara Patton – The JAM Brands
Elizabeth (Liz) Rossetti – Americheer
Mike Stamper – American Cheer & Dance Academy (ACDA)
Voting will begin on Monday, January 9th and close at 5 pm PST on Wednesday, January 25th.
Recognizing the strong qualifications and desire of every candidate to contribute to the USASF , those not voted to the NAB will be invited to participate on their USASF Regional Advisory Board (RAB) charged with guiding the implementation of important USASF programs locally.
December 23, 2011 – Minneapolis MN – Lisa Saline, current President of the Independent Event Producers has stepped down from her position effective immediately.
Independent Event Producers
Saline said, “It’s with great regret that I must step down from my position as Chairman of the IEP. I need to focus on my family and parents at this time and don’t feel I can give the proper attention to the IEP as Chair that is needed. I have all the confidence in Ann Lehrmann, the IEP Vice-Chair, in taking over the responsibilities of Chairman/President of the IEP. Please give her the utmost support for her new position. Thank you.”
Lisa’s father has stage four lung cancer and is rapidly declining. John Kubinski, her father, has been her mentor, friend and confidant all her life. Please send prayers her way.
For more information on IEP events, award programs and member companies, please visit www.WeAreIEP.com.
June 15, 2010 – Minneapolis, MN – Peyton’s Promise receives major contributions from three industry leaders. Jeannine Sentilles from Mardi Gras Spirit Events, Ann Lehrmann from Cheer & Dance Extreme and Chris Korotky from Inside Cheerleading Magazine donate a total of $2,500 towards the Adoption Initiative. This dollar amount brings Peyton’s Promise that much closer to finalizing a second adoption; helping to Bridge Another Forever Family.
Lisa & Roger Saline launched Peyton’s Promise to help raise funds and awareness for adoption. The program is set-up so that 100 percent of check donations go towards an adoption. The Saline’s developed the program after adopting a baby girl in 2002 and quickly finding out how expensive the adoption process can be. Many friends and family of the Saline’s contributed to the fund. In March of 2011, the initial goal was reached and Peyton’s Promise was able to help a family from Oregon bring home a baby boy. Mike and Theresa welcomed home baby Nathan because of Peyton’s Promise.
If you’d like to help Bridge A Forever Family, please visit www.PeytonsPromise.net or mail your donation to 11101 Zealand Ave N, Champlin, Mn 55316.
May 20, 2011 – Minneapolis, MN – Lisa Saline, President of UPA, was recently named the new Independent Event Producers Chairman succeeding Colleen Little from Cheer America. Lisa is one of the founding members of the IEP and served two years as its Vice Chairman. Lisa plans to continue with Colleen’s legacy insuring independents have a voice in the spirit industry.
Ann Lehrmann, President of Cheer & Dance Extreme, was named the new IEP Vice-Chairman filling Lisa Saline’s VC seat. The combination of these strong leaders along with all the IEP members will continue.
The Independent Event Producers (IEP) is committed to bringing a collective voice of all the independently owned event producers to the cheer and dance industry. This alliance is an inclusive group that has come together to insure independent companies long-term viability in the industry through networking and communication.