Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 20 2012


Alicia Leonard

Cindy Kong Named Director of Meetings for DMAI

Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) has named Cindy Kong, CMP, as its Director of Meetings effective Wednesday, February 22.  Kong has more than 20 years professional meeting management experience.

"Cindy values the DMO relationship and has previously worked with many of our members as she developed and managed association meetings," Michael Gehrisch, President & CEO of DMAI said. "She is strongly recommended for her professionalism, strategic thinking, detailed organization and thoughtful volunteer engagement, in addition to her quality meetings management expertise."


John Rolfe Named GHCVB Chief Operating Officer

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) has selected  John Rolfe as Chief Operating Officer, a new position for the organization. Reporting directly to president and CEO Greg Ortale, Rolfe will lead the day-to-day operations of the GHCVB, including overseeing programs to develop alternative revenue sources.

Rolfe comes to Houston from his position as president and CEO of Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, a post he's held since 2001. Before joining Go Wichita, Rolfe was vice president of economic development for the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and served as deputy secretary of the Kansas Department of Commerce for five years.  His experience also includes more than fifteen years in the hospitality industry, serving as director of finance and administration at both the Wichita and San Jose (CA) Convention and Visitors Bureaus.


Lisa Serada joins the team at the Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls, as Senior Sales Manager

The Scotiabank Convention Centre, in Niagara Falls (SCCN), is proud to announce the arrival of Lisa Serada, who joins the team of sales professionals as Senior Sales Manager, National & International Associations.

"Ms. Serada's track record in the [hospitality & tourism] industry is very impressive," says Jeff Dixon, Assistant General Manager at the Scotiabank Convention Centre. "Her insights and experience promise great results in the National & International Associations market. We're very excited to have her come on-board with us."


Gregg Talley now serving as President-Elect of AMC Institute

AMC Institute, the trade association representing the Association Management Company (AMC) industry, announced the 2012-2013 Board of Directors at its recent highly successful Annual Meeting at the Westin Mission Hills Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, California.

Jaime Nolan, CAE, of IntrinXec in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has been named the 45th President of the Board of AMC Institute. Gregg Talley of Talley Management Group, Inc., headquartered in Mt. Royal, New Jersey, now serves as President-Elect.  And, Deidre Gish-Panjada, MBA, of AMP Management Services in Olathe, Kansas has assumed the role of Treasurer.  Charles Hall of Association Services Group, in LaGrange, Georgia is now the Secretary. AMC Institute's 2011-2012 Board President, Richard E. Cristol of Kellen Company, headquartered in Atlanta is the immediate Past President.

An AMC Institute board member since 2006, Board President Jaime Nolan, CAE, is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IntrinXec Management Inc., a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Accredited Association Management Company providing full-service management to nonprofit trade organizations and professional societies.

For more information, visit www.AMCInstitute.org.

Jessica Burgus                                                                                                                          
Email: jburgus@intrinxec.com 

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