Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

September 30 2013

People on the Move


Association Forum's Forty Under 40

Six PCMA members have been named to Association Forum’s inaugural Forty Under 40 class. They include:

  • Carrie Abernathy, Director of Education, Training, and Events Practice Greenhealth
  • Jody Egel, Meetings Manager Million Dollar Roundtable
  • Paula Eichenbrenner, Vice President for Advancement American Society for Nutrition
  • Sara Haywood, Associate Director, Education Association for Professionals in Infection Control & Epidemiology 
  • Angela McKay, President & CEO CFA Society of Chicago
  • Jason Watkins, Director, Meetings & Conferences American Anthropological Association.

Chris Howard

Chris Howard was appointed director of group sales at Grand Hyatt Seattle and Hyatt at Olive 8 in Seattle.

John Annicchiarico

John Annicchiarico has been named director of sales and marketing for the Villas of Grand Cypress in Orlando, Florida. Annicchiarico was most recently director of marketing for Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego.

David Horton

Las Vegas Sands Corp. has named David Horton chief marketing officer. Horton previously was global head, Hilton Hotels and Resorts.

Nate Hardesty

Hyatt Regency Orlando has appointed Nate Hardesty director of sales and marketing. Hardesty most recently was director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa.

Sameh Shawkat

Dusit International, Bangkok, has appointed Sameh Shawkat regional director of sales and marketing – Middle East and Africa. Shawkat most recently was executive assistant manager, sales and marketing, at Grand Hyatt Doha.

Scott Boyer

Scott Boyer was named as Director of Sales & Marketing for Maui’s Grand Wailea, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

Jim Schultenover

After nine years as president of Krisam Group, the Washington, D.C.–based hotel sales organization, Jim Schultenover has moved into a similar role at Associated Luxury Hotels International.

Jeanne O’Grady

The Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted Jeanne O’Grady, CEM, to director of sales and client services for the CVB and Pasadena Convention Center, in charge of bringing more meetings and conventions to the southern California city and developing sales strategies.

Melanie Koscelnak

Eilan Hotel, Resort and Spa has tabbed Melanie Koscelnak to lead the sales team with her 18 years of experience including 13 with Eilan Hotel's new management company, Sage Hospitality.

Tom Smith

Tom Smithis the new area vice president and general manager of the Hyatt Regency Orlando, formerly the Peabody Orlando.

Jeffrey Vasser

After more than 11 years as president and COO of the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority, Jeffrey Vasser is leaving to become director general/CEO of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).