Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

December 15 2015

People On The Move


Traci Parker

The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Traci Parker as the company’s director of Corporate Sales. Parker was most recently the senior sales manager at the Chattanoogan Hotel. Prior to that, she was the senior meeting and event planner for Carlson Wagonlit Travel.

Germaine Schaefer

National Association of Counties (NACo) announced Germaine Schaefer joined the organization as Director Conference and Leadership Development.

Wendy Gibson

Global Experience Specialists (GES) recently named Wendy Gibson as executive vice president of global marketing. Gibson is an accomplished B-to-B marketing leader with a high-tech background and brings 25 years of managing all aspects of marketing. As executive vice president of global marketing, Gibson is responsible for driving GES’ global brand and marketing strategies, including leading MarketWorks, GES’ strategy and marketing advisory service.

Gordon Taylor

Gordon Taylor III was appointed director of sales and marketing at Conrad Chicago, scheduled to open in spring 2016. Previously, Taylor was director of sales and marketing at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel in Chicago.

Dawn Holden

VisitPITTSBURGH, the official tourism promotion agency for Pittsburgh and Allegheny County, recently hired Dawn Holden as vice president of partnership development. Holden brings to the position extensive management and destination marketing and partnership development experience.

James Ficalora

James Ficalora was appointed director of sales and marketing at the DoubleTree Hotel Suites Houston by Galleria. Most recently, Ficalora was national director of sales for GF Management in Philadelphia.

Jasmin Howanietz

The Waldorf Astoria New York appointed Jasmin Howanietz director of sales and marketing.

James McNeil

SmithBucklin promoted James McNeil to executive vice president and CEO of SmithBucklin's Business + Trade Industry Practice, effective Jan. 1. McNeil previously served as senior vice president of SmithBucklin's Business + Trade Industry Practice, providing oversight for client organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Kathy Maher

Wyndham Hotel Group appointed Kathy Maher senior vice president of global sales and revenue. Most recently, Maher was senior vice president of revenue management at Wyndham.

Peter Nowlan

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts appointed Peter Nowlan executive vice president and chief marketing officer, effective January 20, 2016. Most recently, Nowlan was chief brand and marketing officer at Tim Hortons Inc.

Roko Palmic

Roko Palmic was appointed director of sales and marketing at Regent Porto Montenegro. Most recently, Palmic was senior vice president of operations for Pyramid Hotel Group.

Amy Rees

The Renaissance Providence Downtown Hotel in Rhode Island named Amy Rees area director of sales and marketing.

Samantha Spurgeon

Samantha Spurgeon was appointed director of sales and marketing at Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii. Most recently, Spurgeon was director of

David M. Gibbons

David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., was named by board of directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority as its executive director. Gibbons has held the role of general manager at Swissotel (Boston), The Drake (New York City), and the Taj Boston. Gibbons is highly regarded for his leadership experience in operations, food and beverage, finance, labor relations, and overall general management.

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