The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMB), a cross-industry communications and advocacy initiative, appointed Richard Harper, executive vice president at HelmsBriscoe, as the coalition co-chair effective January 2016. Harper will work with fellow co-chair Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer at MGM Resorts International, to lead the organization as it showcases the substantial value of meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions.
Destination Marketing Association International has named Paul Ouimet managing director of DestinationNEXT, DMAI's scientific roadmap to help destination marketing organizations navigate the future.
Robert Mesirow, vice president of business operations for CTIA – The Wireless Association, will be stepping down, after 17 years at the association.
Thu Le Dong and Thomas Fitzgerald
Sonesta Fort Lauderdale Beach in Florida named Thu Le Dong and Thomas Fitzgerald group sales managers.
The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau hired four new staff members to support the sales and convention services teams - Vince Almoina and Amanda Dyson Dana are the newest sales managers to the organization, while Courtney Curry and Katie Kling joined as convention services managers.
PCMA’s 20 in their Twenties Class of 2016
- Kalee Barnhardt, CTA, Sales Manager, Experience Columbus
- Jamie Bruce, CMP, Meeting Planner, Right Hand Events
- Edward Byers, CHRP, CMP, Manager of Professional Development & Events, REALpac
- Shannon DeSouza, MBET
- Michael Doane, Marketing Manager, CadmiumCD
- Bianca Ferrer, Creative Director & Producer, CoterieSpark
- Jessica Fitting, Assistant Event Manager, Stanford Alumni Association
- Sarah Gould-Stotts, CMP, Corporate Marketing Events Manager, Greystar Real Estate Partners
- Juraj Holub, Marketing and Content Manager, sli.do
- Irena Jelenova, Membership Development Executive, International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)
- Noreen Leahy, Conference Planner, National Association of Attorneys General
- Victoria Lee, Global Travel & Meeting Services, Senior Associate, Estee Lauder, Inc.
- Alexander Plaxen, MTA, President, Alex Plaxen Media
- Claire Repass, CMP, Manager, Communications. Social Tables
- Lauren Santarone, CMP, Senior Meeting Manager, American Association for Cancer Research
- Peter Simonelli, Event Services Coordinator, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority
- Jenny Stanfield, Director, Operations, Engagement Unlimited
- Havovie Suraliwalla, Conference Coordinator, SeaCourses Cruises
- Erin Sweeney, National Sales Associate, Global Experience Specialists (GES)
- Julia Yong, Senior Sales Executive – Association, Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau