Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 03 2016

People On The Move


William McBroom

William McBroom has been chosen to serve as Director of Conference Sales for the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau.

Scott Schulman

U.K.-based UBM has named Scott Schulman CEO of UBM Americas, and Simon Foster, who held the CEO position after Sally Shankland stepped down, will resume his position as CEO of UBM EMEA.

Kara Adamson

Las Alcobas Napa Valley in California named Kara Adamson director of sales and marketing. The boutique hotel and spa will open later in 2016.

Chris DeVito

Kerzner International appointed Chris DeVito director of group sales for North America. DeVito comes to Kerzner International from The Leading Hotels of the World, where he represented the brand as the Director of Group Sales for the Western U. S. region.

Jan Tonkin

This week, Jan Tonkin, managing director of Auckland-based The Conference Company, ascended to role of President at the International Association of Professional Congress Organisers. Jan was elected at the Association's annual General Assembly in Cape Town in February, and takes over from outgoing President Michel Neijmann for a two-year term.


Along with a new President, the 11-strong Council welcomes three new elected members, and a fourth co-opted as host of next year's Annual Meeting and General Assembly. The three new council members, Jean Evans, MCI Dublin; Alain Pittet, Congrex Switzerland and Keith Burton, African Agenda join the existing Council members, Medhat Nassar of Meeting Minds Experts, Dubai, was co-opted as the Host of the 2017 Meeting in Dubai.

Jennifer Guevara

Jennifer Guevara was appointed director of leisure sales for North America at One&Only Resorts, Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai and Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort in Morocco. Most recently, Guevara was director of sales at Rosewood Hotels & Resorts.

Ursula McNamara

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants appointed Ursula McNamara area director of sales and marketing of both Glover Park Hotel and The Carlyle – Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

Vince Gill

Vince Gill, a multi-GRAMMY winning singer-songwriter widely respected for his humanitarian work and generous support of charitable causes in Nashville, will receive the hospitality industry’s top award for contributions to the success of the tourism and convention business in Nashville by someone outside the industry. Gill is the third recipient of the E.W. “Bud” Wendell Award, joining former Gov. Phil Bredesen and former Mayor Karl Dean.

Lisa Kaplan and Michelle Lauer

Associated Luxury Hotels International named Lisa Kaplan director of sales in the Boston global sales office and Michelle Lauer in the Chicago global sales office.

Cheyenne Motto

Cheyenne Motto was appointed director of sales at the DoubleTree by Hilton Colorado Springs. Most recently, Motto was director of sales at the Antlers Hilton in Colorado Springs.

Sarah Smith

Sarah Smith was appointed senior sales manager at Fairmont Austin in Texas. The hotel is scheduled to open in summer 2017.

Association Forum

Association Forum announces the appointment of its incoming Board of Directors. 

Joining the board for a three-year term are two Regular Directors:
Geoffrey Brown, CAE, CEO, National Association of Personal Financial Advisors 
Colleen Lawler, CAE, Vice President, Membership & Marketing Strategy, American Medical Association

Joining the board for a one-year term is one Regular Director:
Don Welsh, President and CEO, Destination Marketing Association International

Joining the board for a three-year term is one Supplier Partner Director:
Butch Spyridon, President, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation

Incoming Chair:
Dave Bergeson, Ph.D., CAE, Executive Director/CEO, Association Management Center

Incoming Chair-Elect:
Rob Paterkiewicz, CAE, MBA, IOM, Executive Director, Selected Independent Funeral Homes

Incoming Secretary-Treasurer:
Lynne Thomas Gordon, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA, Chief Executive Officer, American Health Information Management Association