Regulations and Guidelines for Service Associate or Other Vendor Participation in Illinois ASBO Professional Development Presentations
The following regulations have been established to protect our presentations from becoming marketing venues for particular products or services. In addition, to ensure that if registered and participating vendors are part of the audience, that they are not excluded from receiving any handouts that are distributed by competing vendor presenters. Any vendor presenter who violates these regulations may be excluded from presenting at future presentations, in addition, to loss of membership in the Association.
Regulations for Vendor Presenters:
Presentations are not intended as a marketing venue for particular products or services, but as a general educational venue. Presenters representing vendors are not to market or advertise their particular product at presentations. Presentation content and materials distributed may be proprietary but must be made available to all participants. Competitive vendors attending presentations shall not be excluded from receiving handouts that are distributed.
Regulations for Vendors Who Register and Attend Presentations:
Vendor attendees who represent a product or service associated with the topic of the seminar are expressly prohibited from entering into competitive or combative questioning of presenters In addition, a presenter is prohibited from making disparaging remarks about competitors or marketing via the audience or grandstanding to deliver a message regarding their particular product or service. This applies both during and after a presentation. Attendance should be for professional development. It should not become a combative forum where other attendees or presenters are challenged regarding their products or services.
Moderators of Presentations:
Moderators at presentations are given the authority to ask any attendee in the audience to leave if they become combative with presenters.
The only presentations that may promote the sale of a certain program or service are those that are highlighting services or programs currently created and/or sponsored by Illinois ASBO. These programs currently include: Procurement Card (p-Card), Forecast5, US Communities, the Illinois School District Liquid Asset Fund (ISDLAF+), and the Illinois Energy Consortium (IEC).