Tamara Kennedy-Hill, the executive director of the Green Meetings Industry Council for the past five years, is leaving the organization to become community relations director at Travel Portland, the Portland, Oregon convention and visitors bureau.
She will be replaced on an interim basis by Mariela McIlwraith, who also serves as executive director of the GMIC Sustainable Meetings Foundation and president of Vancouver-based consultancy, Meeting Change. McIlwraith is also serves as executive editor of the Convention Industry Council Manual, 9th edition. The GMIC board will conduct a search for a permanent replacement over the next few months.
Kennedy-Hill returns to Travel Portland, where she worked as a convention sales manager from 2001 to 2008, she will focus on local tourism and multicultural advancement.
GMIC also welcomes a new board of directors that includes Brian Hunt, Maritz Travel; Lindsay Arell, Arell Logic and Colorado Convention Center; Allen Weidman, InfoComm International; Roger Simons, MCI; and Denise Taschereau, Fairware.
GMIC additionally continues to roll out its refined educational plan. The plan provides a sustainable event certificate pathway for event professionals from basic concepts to practitioner. The pilot certificate course launches July 15, 2013 as a hybrid program culminating in a practicum at the 2014 Sustainable Meetings Conference, April 15-17, 2014 at the Hilton San Francisco.