Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 12 2013

People on the Move


Eliane Barradas

Eliane Barradas is the new director of sales for the four-diamond resort. She was previously the associate director of sales for groups and events at The St. Regis Mexico City. 

Andrew Hickinbotham

Event services company Global Experience Specialists (GES) has appointed Andrew Hickinbotham as UK sales director for its exhibition stand design and build department. Hickinbotham joins GES having previously worked as sales director of Sovereign Exhibitions where he was responsible for brands such as L’Oreal and Peugeot.

Jeff Gassaway

Jeff Gassaway has been named Director, Association Sales for Choose Chicago. Jeff previously was the Regional Account Executive for the Tampa Bay & Company/Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater.

Lisa Namour

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Executive Meeting Center Palm Beach Gardens has welcomed Lisa Namour to spearhead and lead their Sales & Marketing efforts for special events and meetings.

Jon E. Eliassen & James P. Evans

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced the retirement of Jon E. Eliassen, Red Lion's President and Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company's Board of Directors. James P. Evans, a director of the company since December 2012 and the former Chief Executive Officer of Brand USA, Ardent Hotel Advisors, Jenny Craig International and Best Western International, will assume the role of Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Lion at that time.

Kate Burda

CSM Lodging, Minneapolis, has named Kate Burda vice president sales and marketing. Burda previously was vice president of revenue for Paramount Hotel Group.

Lynn Mucciano

Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Salisbury, Maryland, has appointed Lynn Mucciano executive vice president of sales and marketing. Mucciano previously was vice president, business development, for Prism Hotels and Resorts.

Betsy Olwine

The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, has named Betsy Olwine director of sales and marketing. Olwine most recently was director of sales training operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.

Gordon Taylor III

The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago has named Gordon Taylor III director of sales and marketing. Taylor most recently was director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Austin.

Bethany Blue Chirico

Bethany Blue Chirico has resigned as the National Association for College Admission Counseling's Director of Conference and Meetings. She has accepted the position of Vice President, Events Management and Delivery with the American Bankers Association.

Eric Opron & Jared McLachlan

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has promoted former Director of Sales and Marketing Eric Opron to serve as hotel manager and named Jared McLachlan to take his place. Opron has managed sales and marketing for the paired hotels near Disney’s Epcot theme park for the last decade, while McLachlan has worked as a director of sales and marketing with Hilton Worldwide for the last 15 years.