Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 08 2012

Gay Holden with DMI Hotels; Stuart Ruff to RIMS, PMMI Director, AJ Janosko

Alicia Leonard

October 08, 2012

PCMA Member Gay Holden to DMI Hotels
Most recently the Director of Sales at Grove Isle Hotel & Spa in Miami, FL, Gay Holden has been named Regional Director of Sales with DMI Hotels, responsible for developing meeting and incentive client accounts across the U.S.

Active in PCMA, Gay has been a member of the PCMA Education Conference Program Committee from 2009 to 2012. 

PCMA Member Stuart Ruff to RIMS
The Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. has announced that Stuart L. Ruff, CMP will join the Society as its new director of meetings and events.  

“RIMS conferences and events are an important outlet for the delivery of our thought leadership pieces, educational opportunities and the sharing industry best practices that is not only expected by our members but the profession at large,” said Mary Roth.  “With a tremendous reputation in the meetings and events community and a wealth of experience choreographing large-scale events around the world, we’re extremely excited to welcome Stuart to RIMS.”

An active PCMA member, Stuart served on the Global Task Force 2010-2012 and will become president of PCMA's New York chapter in January, 2013.

Marketing Design Group Purchased by Hardcastle, Polito
Marketing Design Group (MDG) has been purchased by executive vice president, Kimberly Hardcastle, and president of VP International, Vincent Polito. As incoming president of MDG, Hardcastle will keep the agency wholly focused on its core competency—increasing trade show attendance through innovative, strategy-driven marketing and public relations campaigns.

The agency touts as its differentiating factor the unique ability to work with clients to define the most advantageous strategic direction and subsequently translate strategy into effective campaigns that deliver measurable outcomes. Hardcastle commented, “The results that our campaigns have helped garner over the past few years have received major traction in trade show and industry press, won awards for marketing and design excellence and have helped elevate the positioning of a stellar agency that had been flying under the radar for quite some time. We’re uniquely poised to build on this foundation and achieve even greater success for our clients.” More

Ovation Names Eduardo Chaillo Winner of the 2012 Ovation Huggability Award
Ovation Global DMC has named Eduardo Chaillo winner of its 2012 Huggabilty Award. The announcement was made today at IMEX America, Las Vegas where Eduardo was presented with a specially commissioned award by Ovation Vice Presidents Patrick Delaney and Padraic Gilligan. 

Executive Director of Meetings with the Mexico Tourism Board and one of the ‘25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry 2012 (Successful Meetings)‘, Eduardo was nominated for being ‘‘a deeply passionate meeting industry personality who knows the importance of relationships and is committed, dedicated and professional to the core‘‘.
Passing on her huggability crown to Eduardo, 2011 winner Samme Allen, Head of Sales, Business Events at the Barbican Centre London reflected ‘’What’s wonderful about this award is that it represents recognition from industry peers. My year with Ovation Cub Picasso has been simply incredible, one which I will never forget, I’ve no doubt Eduardo will relish his adventure and I wish him an equally fulfilling year’’.

More detail on the 2012 Ovation Huggability Award, nominees and shortlisted candidates is available at www.ovationdmc.com.

PMMI Exposition Director Brings New Perspective to PACK EXPO
Janosko joined the staff of PMMI, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO trade shows, in August to fill a newly created position handling much of the day-to-day show management. His position frees up Jim Pittas, PMMI vice president, trade shows, to focus more intently on executing PMMI's Strategic Vision. More

PMMI.org (October 2, 2012) PMMI Exposition Director Brings New Perspective to PACK EXPO. Retrieved October 8, 2012 from http://www.pmmi.org/News/PRDetail.cfm?ItemNumber=4672

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