Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 18 2014

People On The Move This Month


David DuBois

The President and CEO of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA, has been appointed as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Convention Industry Council (CIC), effective as of 1 November.

Ronald Williams

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, announced that Ronald Williams has been appointed by the HTA board of directors as the interim president and CEO.

Carissa Smith

Carissa Smith has been appointed director, sales and marketing, at Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa in Austin, Texas. Smith most recently was director of sales and marketing at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown.

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson has been named Convention Sales Manager at the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau, handling groups with 300 rooms on peak. Her markets include Education, Cultural, Health/Medical and Scientific/Engineering. Before coming to the Bureau, Johnson worked at Churchill Downs as a Group Sales Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Nicole Pasqual

Nicole Pasqual has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Melbourne, Australia. Pasqual most recently was group director of sales for Toga Far East Hotels.

Art Fasano

Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive has named Art Fasano director of sales and marketing. Fasano most recently was director of sales and marketing and director of group sales at the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando.

Bill Hoffman

Bill Hoffman, the Executive Director/CEO of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau for the last 16 years, is retiring. Hoffman will be replaced by Andy Chapman, who currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.

Elaine Kum

Pan Pacific Singapore has appointed Elaine Kum director of sales and marketing. Kum most recently was director of marketing at Singapore Marriott Hotel.

Chris Walker

The Leading Hotels of the World has named Chris Walker to the position of SVP, Sales, Americas, based in New York, NY.   In this role, Mr. Walker will be responsible for transforming the business development and sales strategies for seven offices in the Americas region.

Stephanie Happ

The Gates Hotel Key West in Key West, Florida, has named Stephanie Happ complex director of sales and marketing. Happ most recently was director of sales and marketing at River Terrace Inn, a Noble House Hotels & Resorts property in Napa, California.

Georgina Godoy

Diamond Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico has appointed Georgina Godoy director of sales. Most recently, Godoy was sales manager at Nizuc Resort & Spa in Cancun.

Steve Moster

Global Experience Specialists (GES, announced that President Steve Moster has been appointed as president and CEO of its parent company, Viad Corp, and as a member of the Viad Board, effective immediately. Moster succeeds Paul Dykstra who has resigned as Chairman, President and CEO. Moster joined GES in 2004 and served in roles of increasing responsibility across the business, including executive vice president chief sales and marketing officer. He became president of GES in November 2010. Prior to joining GES, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company where he worked with a broad set of clients to create and implement growth strategies.

Stephen  Cushman

Longtime local businessman and civic leader Stephen Cushman has been elected to chair the executive board of San Diego Convention Center Corp., beginning in January. He has served as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and is past chairman of the university’s business school. He has recently served as a special assistant to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, advising the city on issues including options for expanding the convention center.

Steve Bartolin and Jack Damioli

Steve Bartolin becomes Chairman of the The Broadmoor as of March 1, 2015. Bartolin has appointed Jack Damioli, Vice President and Managing Director, to President and CEO of The Broadmoor, and President of the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Bartolin will continue with The Broadmoor in the role of Chairman to provide oversight, guidance and support for The Broadmoor.

Dawna Naylor

Dawna Naylor has been named director of sales at The Westin New York at Times Square. Naylor was most recently director of group sales for the Westin Waltham Hotel in Massachusetts.

Roger Kellerman

The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) announced the winner of the 2013 JMIC Profile and Power Award as Roger Kellerman, the founder and publisher of the magazine Meetings International.

Patti Shock

Patti Shock, a founding member and academic consultant for The International School of Hospitality has won three lifetime achievement awards this year. Shock received the first national Icon Award in July from the National Association of Catering and Events, and in October, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders, the highest honor in the industry. Her latest achievement, the Legacy Award from the NACE Las Vegas chapter, was presented to her in November.

Cindy D'Aoust

CLIA has hired Cindy D'Aoust as Executive Vice President, Membership and Operations.  In this role, D'Aoust will be responsible for managing and expanding the functions previously based in Fort Lauderdale.  D'Aoust comes to CLIA from Meeting Professionals International, where she served as Chief Operations Officer, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and in membership organizations, including senior roles with Maritz Travel.  D'Aoust will also oversee the consolidation of CLIA's U.S. offices and have responsibility to fill the Vice President, Trade Relations position held most recently by Dwain Wall.

Tracy Stout

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, welcomes Tracy Stout to the staff as vice president of Marketing and Communications. Stout will oversee marketing and communications strategies for PMMI’s member services as well as their trade shows.

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.