Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 02 2015

People On The Move


Jessica Baran

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino and the Meruelo Group have hired Jessica Baran as vice president of sales, conventions and meetings. With more than 15 years of experience in developing, leading and executing strategic plans for multiple properties across the country, Baran will lead GSR's sales team, convention services and catering. Baran's experience includes a list of luxury global brands from around the United States, including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co., the Venetian Resort Hotels Casino, Kerzner International's Atlantis Resort Casino and MGM Grand and Foxwoods Resort Hotels Casino

Mariam Karim

Four Seasons Hotel New York appoints veteran events professional Mariam Karim as its Director of Catering and Conferences Services.

Bethany Murphy

The Moery Company is pleased to announce the recent promotion of Bethany Murphy to Business Development Manager. Bethany joined the Moery team in 2014. A seasoned sales associate, Bethany’s is currently focused on membership and sponsorship sales campaigns for the American Bakers Association, Power Transmission Distributors Association, Council of Institutional Investors, and the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute.

Frank Comito

The Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, representing 32 National Hotel Associations across the region, has appointed hospitality and tourism industry veteran Frank Comito as the new chief executive and director general.

Anthony Cordo

Victoria Convention and Visitors Bureau, the department tasked with promoting the city, named Anthony Cordo as its new director. Cordo has worked the past seven years as the senior visitor services manager for the Experience Columbus, Greater Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Steve van der Molen

Steve van der Molen has been named vice-president of meeting operations for the Atlantic City region by Caesars Entertainment. He will primarily be responsible for the opening of the Waterfront Conference Center at Harrah’s Resort/Atlantic City.

Chanaka Fonseka

Chanaka Fonseka has been appointed Food and Beverage Director at the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre.  Chanaka is an internationally experienced executive specializing in food and beverage operations and is already part of the AEG Ogden family.

Troy Reynolds

Troy Reynolds, a Certified Meeting Professional of the Convention Industry Council, brings over 25 years of experience in the events and hospitality industry to the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as Head of Event Operations.

Sheikha Al Mugheiry

With six years in the local Five Star hospitality industry, new International Business Development Manager Sheikha Al Mugheiry's experience within the international and regional market place will be critical to the OCEC’s relationship with the Omani community and in attracting major international conventions to Oman.

Thomas Joseph

Thomas Joseph has spent almost a decade in the local exhibition, business and live events industry, and will utilize these skills and his knowledge of the regional market to increase the Sultanate's market share in this competitive arena for the Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre as Business Development Manager for Exhibitions.

2015 CSM of the Year Awarded

Congratulations to Vikki Valencia Kelly, Visit Denver; Joe O’Donnell, CMP, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort; and McKinna Allen, America’s Center/Edward Jones Dome. More


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