Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

October 06 2014

People On The Move


Kirsten Olean

American Society for Microbiology announced Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, IOM, will be joining the organization on October 6, as Director of Meetings. Olean was previously with Association of American Medical Colleges as Director of Meetings. Olean is a seasoned association director with expertise in meeting and operational management. She has experience managing budgets in excess of $3 million and a proven track record of on-target income and expenses.

Kristin McGrath

Richmond Region Tourism is pleased to welcome Kristin McGrath as the new Vice President of Sales and Services. McGrath comes to Richmond Region Tourism from the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau where she has worked since 2005, most recently serving as Vice President of Sales and Services. During her tenure at the Providence Warwick CVB, she also held the roles of National Sales Manager and Director of Sales.

Global Experience Specialist Adds to Team

GES has grown its U.S. AV team with the addition of 10 seasoned professionals - Welcoming Ron Cervantes, Casey Cowan, Jeff Marker, Robert Smith, Robert Stover and Randy Will, located in GES’ Irving, Texas, client care center. Asa Crenshaw, Tracey Morrissey, CMP, and Ryan Murphy located in GES’ Chicago client care center, and Shannon Delaney is located in GES’ New Orleans client care center

Vicky Betzig

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau recently hired industry veteran, Vicky Betzig, CMP as Senior Manager, Client Services reporting directly to Colleen Cornett, Director of Client Services & Housing. Joining AOCVCB from the Professional Convention Management Association, Vicky was brought on-board to lead the Client Services team as well as build and deploy sustainable business solutions to elevate our customer experience.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is joining The Broadmoor as vice president of marketing & sales. Johnson will oversee all marketing and sales efforts for The Broadmoor, and The Broadmoor’s growing Wilderness Experience portfolio, including The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Cloud Camp, and soon, Fishing Camp, a private fly fishing property and Seven Falls, a historic landmark attraction, both opening in the spring of 2015. Johnson experience includes 13 years as the vice president of sales & marketing at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, directing the pre-opening sales, marketing, and launch strategy for the resort and five years as the vice president of marketing for The ITT Luxury Collection.

Paul Bugeja

The Malta Tourism Authority Board appointed Paul Bugeja as new Chief Executive Officer of Malta Tourism Authority effective immediately. Bugeja will succeed outgoing CEO, Mr Josef Formosa Gauci.  Prior to his appointment as CEO of the Malta Tourism Authority, Bugeja held several senior posts at Corinthia Hotels, most recently, as CFO for the Hotels Operating Divisions  and Group Monitoring Board Director. He also served this past year as President of the Malta Hotel & Restaurant Association.

Sandie Dawe

The former CEO of VisitBritain, Sandie Dawe, MBE, has been appointed as a board member of London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional company for the city. Dawe, who was at VisitBritain for 23 years, brings with her a wealth of experience in the tourism sector.  She was appointed CEO at VisitBritain in 2009 and during her tenure tourism across the UK experienced a significant increase with a record 33 million visitors in 2013 and a 13% increase in tourism spend.

Margaret Edgell 

Food Marketing Institute said Monday it has hired Margaret Edgell Core as VP, industry events, with primary responsibilities to lead the association’s annual convention — FMI Connect, the Global Food Retail Experience. Core has 25 years’ experience in association sales and marketing, having previously been in charge of strategic sales initiatives, including trade show management, for the National Apartment Association; managing director of sales and marketing for the Biotechnology Industry Organization; and VP, marketing and organizational development, for the Consumer Electronics Association.