Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 24 2014

People on the Move


Mike Lyons

Meetings and travel industry veteran Michael Lyons, who recently left Reed Travel Exhibitions as Exhibition Director for IBTM America (formerly AIBTM), is walking his talk.

Over the past 20+ years as he built a successful track record in the hospitality industry, he maintained a sideline career as a professional actor, amassing an impressive list of credits in TV shows, films and commercials. Along the way he added professional speaker to his resume, and is now devoting full time to those ventures, in addition to some select industry consulting projects.

Lyons has resurrected his dormant acting career which he had to put on hold the past two years while he was managing AIBTM. First up: an appearance playing a senator on the popular Netflix series “House of Cards”.

On the speaker side, he has dozens of speaking engagements under his belt and is a PCMA “Best in Class” speaker. He is scheduled to speak at the PCMA Southwest & Pacific Chapter program in September in Phoenix and other speaking assignments are in the works. Though most of his talks have been to meeting industry audiences, Lyons is planning to branch out into other industries as well.

Lyons can be reached at mlyons@lyonspride.us.

Meg Fasy

With 24 years of sales and marketing experience, Meg Fasy has been appointed vice president of sales at the Bellagio in Las Vegas. She will be responsible for providing leadership and strategic direction for all of the Bellagio’s sales efforts. Fasy most recently served as vice president of industry relations at PSAV, a supplier of audio/visual and event technology to hotels and meeting planners worldwide.

Brian King

Marriott International has named Brian King global officer, Marriott signature brands and global sales. King most recently was senior vice president, brand management and portfolio programs, for Marriott.

Faye Memoli

Visit Orlando has hired Faye Memoli as senior national account executive for the Mid-Atlantic Region and Kelly Albert, senior national account executive for the Northeast Region. In this new role, Memoli will be responsible for convention sales in the Washington, D.C., market, where she also will reside. Memoli joins the team from Choose Chicago, where she was most recently director of Eastern regional sales.

Marco Bloemendaal

Marco Bloemendaal will join the staff of VISIT Milwaukee as senior vice president of sales effective Sept. 8. Bloemendaal is currently senior vice president of convention sales and services for VISIT Seattle. He also spent five years as director of convention sales at Experience Columbus and four years as senior national sales executive at the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Jody Ulich

Jody Ulich has been appointed to the position of Director of Convention and Cultural Affairs, for The City of Sacramento. Ulich has over 30 years of experience in the performing and visual arts field, including strategic planning, project management, theater management and budget administration. She comes to Sacramento from Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Texas where she served as the President of the Arts Council for the last seven years.

Joseph E. Spinna

Joseph E. Spinnato has announced that he will step down as president of the Hotel Association of New York City and retire at the end of 2015, after holding the post for 27 years.

Patrick Connors

The Wigwam in Phoenix has named Patrick Connors vice president of resort sales and marketing. Previously, Connors was director of sales and marketing at Riviera Palm Springs.

Jill Harlow

Miraval Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona, has appointed Jill Harlow director of marketing. Harlow previously was director of marketing for RED Development

Jerry Jensen

Jerry Jensen has been named director of sales and marketing for Hotel Contessa in San Antonio, Texas. Previously, Jensen was director of sales and marketing for Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Tate Husband

Fairmont Jakarta has named Tate Husband director of sales and marketing. Husband most recently was director of sales and marketing at Swissôtel Grand Shanghai.

Brian Cassell

Cygnus Business Media appointed Brian Cassell as group show manager for Firehouse events. Brian will be responsible for the overall performance of Firehouse Expo in Baltimore, Md, and Firehouse World, in San Diego. Cassell is a 20-year fire service veteran, serving on the marketing team for fire apparatus manufacturer KME for 10 years and as a volunteer firefighter with the Tamaqua, Penn., Fire Department.

Tracey Megee

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau named Tracey Megee as its new national accounts manager. Megee, who began her new position in July, will be responsible for the North East market, booking groups between 200 to 1,499 guestrooms on peak night.

Joan Ferraro

Hyatt Regency Cambridge named Joan Ferraro as the new director of sales and marketing.  Ferraro previously held the position of director of sales & marketing, Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel; director of sales & marketing Newport Marriott Hotel, Rhode Island; director of corporate sales, Boston Marriott Copley Place Hotel; sales manager, Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau and several sales and catering positions at The Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers.