Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 16 2013

People on the Move


Dan Sherman

ConferenceDirect has hired Dan Sherman to lead recruiting effort.Sherman’s experience runs deep within the meeting, event, travel and hospitality marketplace. Recently named one of Connect Magazine’s 2012 40 Under 40, Sherman has successfully supported event operations for some of the largest and most prestigious tradeshows, conventions, meetings and sporting events throughout the country. Sherman is also Founder of the HIP Network (Hospitality Industry Professionals Network), one of the nation’s fastest growing networks of meeting, event, travel and hospitality professionals within the United States. Most recently, Sherman founded and served as President of LEGACY Sustainability Management which was acquired by Greenview Sustainability in November 2012. The merger combined service capabilities with the vision of creating the foremost provider of sustainability measurement and reporting services within the hospitality, meeting and event sectors.

David Levin

David Levin informed the board of UBM that he will be leaving his CEO post by July 31 2014. The board will begin the search process for his successor, led by UBM's chairperson, Helen Alexander. Levin will stay in his CEO post until a successor is found.

Linda Steeger

Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, one of the world's most prestigious hotels, has appointed Linda Steeger as the new Director of Sales and Marketing.

Howard Pickett

Howard Pickett Tapped as Exec. VP for San Francisco Travel Association…Pickett, who’ll also serve as Chief Marketing Officer, will start his new job on Oct. 16. He succeeds Matt Striker, who left in July to join CityPass.

Stacie Nerf

Stacie Nerf has left her position with American Airlines and will be moving to Meeting Planners International as the Strategic Account Manager - Western Division. 

Shahan Panossian

Soha Zahar, IHG Cluster Director of Sales & Marketing in Jordan has announced the appointment of Shahan Panossian as the Director of Sales for the IHG cluster office in Jordan, who is a Jordanian national, and boasts vast experience and knowledge in the hospitality industry.

George Allen

Loews Coronado Bay Resort has named George Allen as the director of marketing. He joins the ranks of Loews Hotels after leading sales efforts in resorts including La Costa Resort and Spa, La Quinta Resort and Club, Estancia La Jolla and L’Auberge Del Mar.

Dawn Parisi

Dawn Parisi has been appointed area director of sales and marketing and director of sales and marketing at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, Virgin Islands.

Jon Elliott

Sonesta has named Jon Elliott as Senior Global Account Director. Jon joins the growing global sales team for Sonesta today and is focused on building Sonesta’s presence with corporate travel managers throughout North America. Jon will also manage our relationships with the travel management companies and the consortia, and will be responsible for leading and growing the corporate transient sales team for the company.