Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 15 2014

People On The Move


Marissa Orr

PCMA Member and Manager of Exhibits & Registration, American Association for Justice and 19 others were named to IAEE 20 in their 30s. Read more

Mark J. Mathews

The Dow Hotel Company has named 20-plus year industry veteran Mark J. Mathews general manager of the 353-room Hilton Hotel – Bellevue located in the suburbs of Seattle, Wash. The hotel currently is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation to upgrade its guest rooms, meeting space and all public areas.

Brad Weaber

Connections Housing has appointed Brad Weaber to the newly created post of Chief Innovation Officer. In this role, Weaber will develop new strategies and initiatives to enhance the travel and housing experience for Connections' growing client roster and will work from the company's Washington, DC office. Prior to joining Connections Weaber was Executive Vice President with New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and Executive Vice President for association management company SmithBucklin, respectively.

Peter Hopgood

The board of directors of Meet Puerto Rico has appointed Peter Hopgood as chairman of the board, a role that will be fundamental in supporting the organization’s activities, functions and goals. Hopgood has been vice president of sales and marketing for International Hospitality Enterprises (IHE) since 2003, but started his hospitality career in 1993 at the Condado Plaza Hilton. He was also part of the first Wyndham hotel’s opening team in Puerto Rico, and was promoted to his current role two years after joining IHE in 2001. Hopgood has been part of the board of directors of Meet Puerto Rico since 2011.

Cathy Breden

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events [IAEE] announces the appointment of Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP as the organization's Executive Vice President. In this role, she will oversee additional strategic planning and operational responsibilities.

Kathy Kramer

The OC Fair & Event Center [OCFEC] Board of Directors announced that Kathy Kramer has been named CEO, succeeding interim CEO Doug Lofstrom, who is retiring from the organization. The appointment is effective January 5, 2015.

Robin Sanders

Image Audiovisuals has appointed Robin Sanders, a 15-year veteran of the audio-visual industry, as national director of business development. Prior to joining Image Audiovisuals, Sanders served as director of technology and sales for Sheraton Hotels in Denver. He also held various sales positions with Swank Audio Visuals.

Michael Lorenz

L.E. Hotels announced its appointment of Michael Lorenz as its new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Lorenz brings to L.E. Hotels more than 20 years of past hospitality experience in working in similar senior level positions with major luxury and lifestyle hotel brands. In his new position, Lorenz, who has an extensive background in sales management, marketing strategy and online marketing, will be responsible for the global sales, corporate public relations and all marketing initiatives for L.E. Hotels.

Adam Polaszewski

Adam Polaszewski joins UpCity, a SEO software and inbound marketing platform, as Head of Marketing. Prior to joining UpCity, Polaszewski was Director of Marketing at INXPO.

Michael Beardsley and Tom Kearney

Michael Beardsley has been promoted to senior vice president of sales and marketing at Aimbridge Hospitality, Dallas. Aimbridge also appointed Tom Kearney to oversee all sales division and hotels In the New England area.

Jason Kycek

Occidental Hotels & Resorts has named Jason Kycek vice president of sales and marketing, USA. Kycek joins Occidental in Miami as the former director of sales and marketing at Capella Marigot Bay in St. Lucia.

Scott Allen

CompuSystems announced Scott Allen has joined CompuSystems as Chief Sales Officer. Scott, who was hand-picked by CompuSystems' President Chris Williams, previously served as Senior Regional Manager at Oracle where he was in charge of the Central Region.