Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 13 2014

People on the Move This Month


Michel Neijmann

Michel Neijmann, Managing Partner, K2 Conference & Event Management Co., Istanbul, Turkey, is the new President of IAPCO, to take effect April 1. 

Mark Lindsey

Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Phoenix, has named Mark Lindsey director of sales and marketing. Lindsey previously was director of sales and marketing for Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona.

Jody Egel

Jody Egel, CAE, CMP joins the Professional Convention Management Association [PCMA] as Director of Events. Jody was previously with Million Dollar Round Table.

Ernesto Floro

Ernesto Floro has been named director of sales and marketing at The Carlyle, a Rosewood Hotel in New York City. Most recently, Floro was director of sales and marketing at The Mark in New York City.

Kathy Van Vechten & J. Parker Miller

As The Langham Huntington, Pasadena celebrates its 100th anniversary, the California hotel has added two managers to its sales team. Kathy Van Vechten is the property’s new director of sales and marketing and J. Parker Miller is a senior group sales manager.

Geoff Ballotti

Wyndham Worldwide announced that Geoff Ballotti, will succeed departing hotel division President and CEO Eric Danziger, who is leaving the company to pursue personal interests effective March 28, 2014. Ballotti was previously President and CEO of the global hospitality company's timeshare exchange and vacation rental division.

Mike Pennington

The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) has appointed Mike Pennington as executive vice president, it announced last month. Pennington, who most recently was president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, will manage HCEA’s strategic direction, goals and achievements.

Bryan A. Scott

Wyndham Jade has promoted Bryan A. Scott from Chief Strategy Officer to President of the Company's Convention Division.

Jim Kelly

Production Resource Group, L.L.C. (PRG) is proud to congratulate Jim Kelley, PRG Director of Global Accounts, Corporate and Trade Show Services, on being named to a three-year term on the Board of Trustees of the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF).

Laura Santoni

Marriott International has named Laura Santoni vice president of global sales for the Caribbean and Latin America. Santoni most recently was vice president of sales for Florida.

Natalie Malaszenko

Omni Hotels & Resorts, Dallas, has appointed Natalie Malaszenko vice president of marketing and digital strategies. Malaszenko most recently was vice president of global digital marketing for Hewlett-Packard.

Gregory Majka

Gregory Majka has been named director of catering and conference services for Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Majka was most recently director of catering and convention services for both the Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Myers, Florida, and the Westin St. Maarten Resort, Spa & Casino in the Caribbean.

Eric Horovitz

Eric Horovitz has been appointed group sales manager for Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown. Horovitz previously was the property’s catering sales manager.

Sharon Dayan

JW Marriott and CasaMagna Marriott in Cancun, Mexico, have appointed Sharon Dayan director of sales and marketing. Dayan most recently was director of sales and marketing at Courtyard by Marriott Guayaquil in Ecuador.

Dawn Guindon

Dawn Guindon is now an Account Manager, Corporate North America, for the Ottawa Convention Centre. Dawn is a seasoned member of the tourism and convention industry with more than 22 years of sales and marketing experience.

Karen Totaro

Karen Totaro has been named general manager of the Atlantic City Convention Center. Totaro will work under Fran Rodowicz, who was named general manager of Global Spectrum's Atlantic City venues in January. A 33-year veteran of the facility management industry, Totaro will be responsible for overseeing the convention center's operations, including bookings.