Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 24 2014

Members on the Move


Jon Hixon, CMP is the new Vice President of Sales at the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau in Texas. He previously was Director of Sales for the U.S. association market at Tourism Toronto.


Gregg Lapin is now the Director of Meeting Services at the American Association of Diabetes Educators. Before AADE, Gregg spent over 16 years with the American Osteopathic Association as Director of Convention and Meetings Services.

Michael Steffen
with the San Diego Tourism Authority has been promoted to National Sales Manager. He represents all San Diego hotels and venues for Midwest meetings that do not require a convention center. He will continue to work from SDTA’s Chicago office.

The Greater Midwest Chapter welcomes these new members:

  • Maria A Bader, Director, Meeting and Travel Services, American Hospital Association 
  • Megan C. Bauer, Student, Western Michigan University
  • Nikki Booker, Manager, Tradeshow and Events, Honeywell
  • Lisa E. Bower, President and CEO, Plus One Meetings, Inc.
  • Lidia B. Dart, Student
  • Sharon Dodge, Senior Contract Specialist, American Hospital Association
  • Joe R. Faulder, Senior Sales Manager, Projection Presentation Technology
  • Michele Garbie, Lead Meeting Planner, Takeda Pharmaceuticals America
  • Kyle D. Hillman, CMP, Director, Meetings Management, National Association of Social Workers
  • Jeffery L. Hinkle, Student, Joliet Community College
  • Donna Karl, CMP, Vice President of Event Operations, Tradeshow Logic
  • Heather L. Kennedy-Eden, Student, University of Wollongong, Australia
  • Katie Koehler, Event Manager, Murphy Oil USA, Inc.
  • Rita J. Leslie, CMP, Manager, Meetings & Events, John Deere Guest Services, Deere & Company
  • Kevin M. McNally, CMP, Senior Events Manager, Hilton Hotels
  • Niki Radovich, Catering Sales Consultant, Blue Plate Catering 
  • Emily J. Richards, Student, Roosevelt University
  • Robert Scott, Sales Manager, Scotiabank Convention Centre
  • Alexandra Seabrook, Student, Roosevelt University
  • Michael C. Steffen, National Sales Manager, San Diego Tourism Authority
  • Shalen M. Sot, Senior Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
  • Treena Winkler, Sales Manager, Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
  • Michelle J. Woller, Meeting Planner, Takeda Pharmaceuticals America

Know of someone who is changing positions, companies? Be sure to tell us!
Email us at info@gmcpcma.org.

Greater Midwest Chapter