Con­fer­ence to ad­dress re­new­able en­ergy

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Lori Hawkins lhawkins@states­ Affinis­cape

“Uni­fied En­ergy Sys­tem” is this year’s theme for Texas Re­new­ables 2012 Con­fer­ence, Dec. 10-13, at Lost Pines Re­sort.

Topics in­clude so­lar, wind, geo­ther­mal, biomass, bat­ter­ies, hy­brid cards, smart me­ters and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Speak­ers in­clude Peter Fox-Pen­ner with The Brat­tle Group con­sult­ing firm; Roger Dun­can, former gen­eral man­ager for Austin En­ergy; Brew­ster McCracken, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Pecan Street Inc. re­search lab; Kate Gal­braith, a writer with the Texas Tri­bune; S. David Free­man, former gen­eral man­ager of Los An­ge­les Water and Power; and Heidi Van Gen­deren with the U.S. De­part­ment of En­ergy.

Con­fer­ence in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.Tex­as­Re­new­ or by call­ing 830997-2350. The event is or­ga­nized by the Texas Re­new­able En­ergy In­dus­tries.

Austin-based Affinis­cape Inc., which de­vel­ops as­so­ci­a­tion man­age­ment soft­ware, has been ac­quired by an Ohiobased pri­vate eq­uity firm and will merge with a Florida com­pany, of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

Founded in 2000, Affi­nis- cape sells soft­ware for pro­fes­sional and trade as­so­ci­a­tions, pri­mar­ily at the state and lo­cal chap­ter level. Its soft­ware runs their web­sites and han­dles func­tions such as track­ing mem­bers and dues, man­ag­ing con­fer­ences and events and op­er­at­ing an on­line ca­reer cen­ter for as­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers.

Affinis­cape’s 1,400 cus­tomers, nearly all based in the U.S., in­clude the Texas Bar As­so­ci­a­tion, Greater Austin Home­builders and the Texas Phar­macy As­so­ci­a­tion.

Affinis­cape will merge with YourMem­ber­ of St. Peters­burg. The com­pany, founded in 1998, sells soft­ware that helps mem­ber-based or­ga­ni­za­tions such as alumni groups, pro­fes­sional so­ci­eties, churches and cham­bers of com­merce man­age their web­sites and op­er­a­tions. It has 1,100 cus­tomers in 32 coun­tries.

Adam Weed­man, Affinis­cape’s founder and chief strate­gist, said merg­ing with Your- Mem­ber­ “will al­low us to move at a quicker pace than we could on our own. We’ll be able to add new func­tion­al­ity and pro­vide ad­di­tional ser­vices to cus­tomers, and now we’ll have a global reach.”

In ad­di­tion, be­com­ing a larger com­pany “in­stantly gives our em­ploy­ees more ca­reer op­tions,” Weed­man said. “With Austin be­ing as com­pet­i­tive as it is, we’ve lost

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