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

Herndon, Va. – 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 America.
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-premises deployments.
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.
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