Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 28 2013

People on the Move


Mark Sergot

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts and Swissotel Hotels & Resorts welcomes Mark Sergot as the new senior vice president, global sales organization. Taking on increased responsibility from his previous role as vice president, global sales for the company, Sergot will now focus on the management and administration of FRHI’s worldwide sales network, including both global and hotel sales teams.

James E. Rooney

James E. Rooney, executive director of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, was honored last week by the Massachusetts Building Congress and received the group’s Skyline Award for Outstanding Achievement. The rare award was presented at MBC’s 93rd Annual Dinner October 17 at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel.

Minnette Vélez and Mari Waid

Meet Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico Convention Bureau), announced the appointments of Minnette Vélez as Director of Marketing and Mari Waid as Director of Destination Support Services. These appointments come as part of a restructuring of the organization.

John Bradway 

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida, has named John Bradway director of marketing. Bradway previously was director of marketing at Round Hill Hotel & Villas in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Nancy Getlan

Maybourne Hotel Group, London, has appointed Nancy Getlan director of sales and marketing for the Americas, a newly created position. Previously, Getlan was director of global sales for the Americas and Europe at The Peninsula Hotels.

Rebecca Huetter

The Edward Thomas Collection, Santa Monica, California, has appointed Rebecca Huetter vice president of sales and marketing. Huetter most recently was director of sales and marketing at The Langham Huntington, Pasadena, California.

Virgil Napier

Virgil Napier has been named director of sales and marketing at Rosewood at Baha Mar in the Bahamas, scheduled to open in December 2014. Most recently, Napier was director of sales and marketing at the W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island in Puerto Rico

Melanie Walent

Hyatt Regency Boston has appointed Melanie Walent director of sales and marketing. Walent most recently was director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Dulles at Dulles International Airport

Keith Berghoff, Kathleen Clickett, Robin O’Connor, Karis Sneve-Johnson and Loriann White

Experient, the source for integrated meeting and event solutions, announces the expansion of its sales team by five. The newest Experient team members are Keith Berghoff, Kathleen Clickett, Robin O’Connor, Karis Sneve-Johnson and Loriann White, CMP, CMM.

Dave Byerly

The Texas Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau has found its next Executive Director in Dave Byerly.  He is a 25-year-veteran in strategic and business development, marketing, operational efficiency and management.

Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith

A few months shy of the two-year anniversary of John Gallagher stepping into the dual roles of president and CEO for Germany-based Messe Frankfurt's Atlanta-based U.S. subsidiary, he is leaving and will be replaced by Kathryn Fitts and Dennis Smith.