Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

November 10 2014

People On The Move


Scott Hunt

The American Medical Association presented Scott Hunt, former CEO of the Endocrine Society, with the Medical Executive Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes medical executives that have made significant contributions to their county medical society, state medical association, or national medical specialty society over the course of their tenure. Huntt was chosen by the AMA for his more than 25 years of dedication to improving the lives of physicians.

Jim Abrahamson

Jim Abrahamson has been named Chair of the board of directors at American Hotel & Lodging Association. Abrahamson has more 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, beginning with the General Hotels Corporation and Embassy Suites, Inc. He went on to hold senior management positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation, The Marcus Corporation, Hyatt Corporation and IHG.

Brenda Dreier

Brenda Dreier, CMP, has been promoted to Associate Executive Director for the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS). Dreier has worked for SLAS for 11 years, the last eight as Director, Global Events. She is also the  Vice Chair of Greater Midwest Chapter Communications Committee.

Patrick Cook

Patrick Cook has been named director of sales and marketing at Swissôtel Chicago. Cook most recently was director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare.

Diane Morgenthaler

The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced the promotion of Diane Morgenthaler to Executive Vice President. Morgenthaler who has been with the GMCVB since 2009, previously held the positions of Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning and Director of Marketing.

Kenji Haroutunian and Marisa Nicholson

Kenji Haroutunian, who has led Emerald Expositions’ biannual Outdoor Retailer shows for eight years, is leaving his post at the end of November. Marisa Nicholson will step into the show director role. Nicholson most recently was Emerald’s group sales director for the Sports Group and has worked with the company for 11 years. Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ranked No. 32 on the 2013 TSNN Trade Show.

Gretchen Kihm-Stegall

MeetingLists.com the searchable online hospitality data resource, announced that Gretchen Kihm-Stegall has been named Managing Director to spearhead the organization’s strategic sales and marketing initiatives. With a career dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry as both a supplier and event marketer, Kihm-Stegall’s last seven years were spent as founder and principal of Trifecta Marketing Resources, a boutique marketing agency serving the hospitality and event marketing industry.

Katie Bergmann and Jim Pittas

The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies parent of PACK EXPO has promoted two staff members, Katie Bergmann and Jim Pittas, were upped to senior vice presidents. The recent acquisition of Summit Media Group’s digital platform and the expansion of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows can both be attributed to Bergmann and Pittas.

Sion Edwards

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California, has appointed Sion Edwards director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Edwards was director of sales at the Fairmont San Francisco.

Chanelle Garvey

Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit has named Chanelle Garvey director of sales and marketing. Garvey previously was director of sales and marketing at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

Alex Shelton and Tony Diehl

Shepard Exposition Services has announced the addition of two new National Sales Managers to help support its expanding business in the Orlando and Las Vegas markets. Alex Shelton will be based in Shepard’s Las Vegas branch and Tony Diehl in their Orlando branch.