At DigitalNow, Meridian Joins National Restaurant Association to Explain Why Training Is the Ultimate Means of Value for

At DigitalNow, Meridian Joins National Restaurant Association to Explain Why 
Training Is the Ultimate Means of Value for Association
HERNDON, VA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/04/13 --  Jason Marceau, chief
operations officer for Meridian Knowledge Solutions, a leading
provider of learning management systems (LMS), will join Ed Beck, CIO
and senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association, on
April 4 at the 2013 DigitalNow conference to present a session
titled, "The Future of Associations - National Restaurant
Association, a Look Ahead." DigitalNow is an annual gathering of some
of the most influential professional and trade associations in
Beck's presentation highlights the NRA's technology strategy for
creating value through member-based training. Member-based training
encourages learners to become subject matter experts, and elevates
the dialogue around issues of interest. Beck will show attendees how
associations can connect a highly educated community of practitioners
and the innovative know-how these professionals possess, while
generating revenue.  
Beck and Marceau will explain how adopting a powerful software suite
-- that not only tailors learning but also recommends training when a
member most needs it -- will serve the twofold goal of member
retention and revenue creation.  
"Associations should look at enhancing their value by offering
learning opportunities beyond what's required to comply with
regulations or certifications," said Beck. "This will ensure
associations are actively shaping the future of the industry." 
Meridian's learning portal for associations, which the NRA is now
implementing, mirrors the "unique processes, integration, and
interface considerations of associations and non-profit
organizations," said Marceau. Meridian's learning portal supports
members by tracking continuing education, managing competencies and
delivering professional development courses.  
Meridian has implemented the Meridian Global LMS for an array of
professional and trade organizations including PMI, CPA2Biz and Local
32BJ of the Service Employees International Union. 
Learn more and request a copy of the presentation. 
About NRA
 Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is
the leading business association for the restaurant industry, which
comprises 980,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets and a workforce
of more than 13 million employees. We represent the industry in
Washington, D.C., and advocate on its behalf. We operate the
industry's largest trade show (NRA Show May 18-21, 2013, in Chicago);
leading food safety training and certification program (ServSafe);
unique career-building high school program (the NRAEF's ProStart,
including the National ProStart Invitational April 19-21, 2013, in
Baltimore, Md.); as well as the Kids LiveWell program promoting
healthful kids' menu options. For more information, visit and find us on Twitter @WeRRestaurants, Facebook
and YouTube. 
About Meridian
 Meridian Knowledge Solutions is the #1-rated
human-capital management company for customer loyalty, with a
documented customer retention rate of 98 percent. Meridian provides
integrated solutions for over 350 clients with 8.5 million active
users including AutoZone, Bell Helicopter, CSX Corporation, J.B. Hunt
Transport Services, Inc., Panera Bread, Sunrise Senior Living, U.S.
Air Force, U.S. Navy, and more than 80 federal, state and local
governments. Meridian takes a unique approach to tailor every
solution to exact client needs. Meridian asks the right questions,
listens and molds its solution to fit its customers' unique
requirements. Meridian offers SaaS, private cloud or on-premise
Meridian's flagship product, the Meridian Global LMS, integrates
advanced learning management, mobile learning, social learning,
e-commerce, learning content management, performance management and
workforce analytics into one fully integrated solution. Meridian also
provides strategic professional services, mobile and e-learning
courseware development and hosting services. Meridian is a wholly
owned subsidiary of Visionary Integration Professionals. To learn
more, visit, or follow Meridian on Twitter
Bill Perry
Mobile: 614-975-7538
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