Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 29 2014

People on the Move


Benoît Cavard

Global DMC Partners announced that Benoît Cavard has joined its sales force as vice president of sales, serving the Northeast United States, Easter Canada and International markets. Cavard joins Global DMC Partners from Tumlare Destination Management where he was director of sales, North America. Prior to his position in the U.S., Cavard was based in Paris as a sales manager and worked on different markets such as the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

Michel Neijmann

Michel Neijmann, Managing Partner of K2 Conference & Event Management Co, based in Istanbul, Turkey, is the new President of IAPCO, the international association of professional conference organisers. Jan Tonkin, MD of The Conference Company, New Zealand, has been elected Vice-President of IAPCO, while Philippe Fournier, MCI France, and Sarah Markey-Hamm, ICMS Australia, step down, their terms of office having ended.

Jim Villa

The California Society of Association Executives (CalSAE) has recognized Jim Villa, manager of convention sales for the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitor’s Bureau, with its Associate Member of the Year award

Victoria Isley

Victoria Isley will take on the role of chief sales and marketing officer for the newly formed Bermuda Tourist Authority, based in the organization’s New York office. She previously served as chief operating officer of Destination Marketing Association International and executive director of the DMAI Foundation.

Christopher Bohwongprasert

Christopher Bohwongprasert has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Hansar Hotels & Resorts in Pathumwan, Thailand. Bohwongprasert most recently was director of sales and marketing at Marrakesh Hua Hin Resort & Spa.

Kate Dixon

The Beaumont in London has appointed Kate Dixon director of sales and marketing. Dixon was formerly director of sales and marketing for the St. James Hotel and Club.

Brian Cernik

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel promoted Brian Cernik to director of meeting and event management. He will serve as the point of contact between event organizers and the hotel’s culinary, event management, banquet and sales teams. He previously was director of banquets for the hotel.

Jennifer Graham

Waterstone Resort & Marina – A DoubleTree by Hilton in Boca Raton, Florida, has named Jennifer Graham director of sales and marketing. Graham most recently was a director of sales at the Embassy Suites Hotel Boca Raton.

Candace Palec

InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco announced Candace Palec has been promoted to associate director of group sales for the InterContinental San Francisco and InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco. She previously was senior sales manager for InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco. The group also named Troy Smith area director of group sales.

Mary Loy

Mary Loy has been named director of sales and marketing for the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach in Honolulu. Loy previously was Outrigger Enterprises Group’s regional director of sales.

Richard Oshiro

Richard Oshiro has been named director of sales and marketing for the Outrigger Reef on the Beach in Honolulu. Oshiro most recently was executive assistant manager and director of sales and marketing at the Miramar At Waikiki.

Casandra Foister

Casandra Foister has joined Kimpton's Sky Hotel in Aspen, Colorado, as director of sales and marketing. She was previously strategic sales manager at Hotel Jerome in Aspen.

Saskia Schuller

Saskia Schuller has been appointed director of sales and marketing for Raffles Praslin, Seychelles. Schuller previously was director of international leisure sales for Kerzer International.