Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 22 2015

People On The Move This Month


Arlis Whalum

PCMA has announced the hiring of Arlis Whalum, CPA, as Chief Financial Officer.Whalum brings with her an impressive résumé of 17 years of progressively growing financial and operational experience with an $18 million non-profit association, as well as Big 4 CPA and Fortune 500 experience. Access the complete press release here.

Sandy Bell Roja

Magdalena Grand Beach & Golf Resort in Tobago has named industry veteran Sandy Bell Rojas as Director of Sales and Marketing where she will oversee efforts in all international markets for the 178-room property. Bell Rojas is a Swiss hotel-school trained professional with more than 15 years of hotel operations and sales and marketing experience.

David Whitaker

David Whitaker will be joining Brand USA on May 11, 2015, as chief marketing officer. Whitaker’s background and experience as a destination marketing expert and a leader make him an excellent choice to lead Brand USA’s marketing efforts.  He has successfully promoted destinations for more than 25 years and has a strong track record leveraging relationships with hotels, attractions, arts and cultural facilities, restaurants, retail, entertainment venues and business services to promote communities and experiences. For the past eight years, he has been president and CEO of Tourism Toronto (Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association), where he has been hugely successful in driving visitation to the region and North America’s fourth largest city.  

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Meredith Rollins

The PCMA Education Foundation has announced the hiring of Meredith Rollins as its new Executive Director. Rollins rejoins the organization after serving as Director of Strategic Development for the Association for Corporate Growth for the last two and half years. She previously worked with PCMA as Senior Manager of Partner Relations; overseeing the fulfillment and delivery of integrated marketing efforts for 17 partners.
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Sarah Lane

Sarah Lane was named director, meetings & special events at American Hospital Association. Most recently, Lane was with the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Tony Camarillo

Anthony "Tony" Camarillo was named the new director of The Lakeland Center in Florida. Camarillo spent the past 20 years in a variety of roles at Navy Pier in Chicago. Most recently, he was the director of sales and services for SMG, an entertainment and convention venue management company.

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Allison Taylor

Following the news of Christie Hicks' departure from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide in February after15 years with the organization, the company has announced that Alison Taylor will replace Hicks as senior vice president of Starwood's Sales Organization.

Noelle Moore

Hotel Indigo Baltimore - Mt. Vernon named Noelle Moore director of sales.

Petra Roach

Barbados Tourism Marketing has appointed Petra Roach as its new head of the USA. A driving force in the island’s tourism industry, Roach brings a wealth of travel experience and expertise to the market having previously held the position of vice president in the UK for 12 years.

Read more for the week of April 6th »

Laura M. Jelinek

PCMA member Laura M. Jelinek has accepted a new position at the American Osteopathic Association as their Associate Vice President of Meetings and Travel.

Patricia Perez-Sahin

Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic appointed PCMA member Patricia Perez-Sahin senior director of group sales. Most recently, Perez-Sahin was director of the Dominican Republic Tourism Board based in Chicago.

Chuck Hilpl

PCMA member and hotel industry sales and marketing veteran Chuck Hilpl has formed the Hilpl Group, LLC, delivering exhibit/sponsorship sales, event planning, show floor management and meeting planning services to association and corporate meeting planners. For the past 15 years Hilpl represented Starwood Hotels & Resorts in a Global Sales role as Account Director.

Read more for the week of April 13th here »

Anne Hamilton

Disney executive and longtime industry leader, Anne Hamilton, has accepted the role of Vice President, Global Travel for Disney Worldwide Shared Services. In this role, Anne will provide the essential operational and strategic leadership for the teams who serve the needs of Disney’s traveling Cast Members. Anne will also be responsible for the ongoing management of contracts with commercial and charter airlines, hotels, and transportation vendors.

Lori Healey

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority Board of Directors appointed Lori Healey as CEO of the agency that oversees Chicago’s McCormick Place. Healey comes to MPEA from the Chicago-based investment and urban economic development firm Tur Partners LLC, where she served as CEO. She succeeds Jim Reilly, who announced previously that he would be stepping down in 2015.

Mike Waterman

Mike Waterman has been named president of the Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and executive vice-president of Houston First Corporation.

Read more about this past week here »