Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

April 25 2016

People On The Move


Kristin Mirabal

PCMA board member Kristin Mirabal joins the staff of the Heart Rhythm Society as Vice President of Meetings, effective Wednesday, 27 April.

Meg Fasy

Meg Fasy has announced the formation of FazeFWD, Sponsorship Management, specializing in sponsorship strategy, sales & activation for corporate and association meetings.  Most recently, Fasy was the Vice President of Sales at Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, overseeing Sales, Convention Services and Event Technology. Previously she was the Vice President of Industry Relations for PSAV and Vice President of Strategic Partnership for Meeting Professionals Intl.

Peggy Murray Hagaman and Peter Cronin

Discover The Palm Beaches, the county’s official tourism marketing organization, has hired two employees to help keep the convention center full of visitors year round. Peter Cronin was hired to serve as the organization’s Director of Sales for the Southeast part of the country. Peggy Murray Hagaman will serve as the Director of Sales for the Midwest.

Vivian Chambers

L.E. Hotels appointed Vivian Chambers East Coast director of sales. Previously, Chambers was regional director of sales at Leading Hotels of the World.

Nathan Midkiff

The Silversmith Hotel in Chicago appointed Nathan Midkiff director of sales. Midkiff has held a leadership position with Chicago’s hotel industry since 2007, starting in food and beverage as the catering manager at Hampton Inn & Suites-Chicago Downtown, then escalating to sales manager at several distinguished city properties, including theWit – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and The Talbott Hotel, before joining Silversmith Hotel.

Christopher Preston

Christopher Preston was appointed director of catering at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. Most recently, Preston was senior catering manager at The Marquette Hotel, also in Minneapolis.

Emily Childers

Emily Childers has been appointed Director of Sales and Marketing at The Talbott Hotel in Chicago. Childers held several esteemed positions in the hospitality industry beginning as a select service and extended stay regional manager for the Marriott Northern Mid-American Sales Office.

Julianna Viertel

HRI Lodging named Julianna Viertel director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Viertel was director of sales and marketing at Hilton Waco in Texas.

Marion Ryan

Marion Ryan has been appointed Executive Head of Sales & Marketing at The Lanesborough in London, United Kingdom. The Lanesborough has recently reopened after an extensive 18-month refurbishment. With over twenty years’ experience in the luxury hospitality sector, Marion has held prestigious positions in many of London’s top hotels.

Alan Carter

SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association announced the promotion of Alan Carter, an eight-year employee of the association, to senior director of sales. In his new role, Carter will oversee strategic outreach to attract, recruit and retain members, and sponsorship and exhibition sales for the association’s signature trade shows and conferences including NPE: The Plastics Show.

Christopher Preston

Christopher Preston has been appointed Director of Catering at The Commons Hotel in Minneapolis. Prior to joining The Commons Hotel team, Preston most recently served at The Marquette Hotel.

Karin Cohen

Karin Cohen has joined Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa as regional group sales director. She brings more than 27 years of luxury hospitality experience to the AAA Five Star Five Diamond resort in San Diego. In her new position, she helps oversee and manage East Coast markets. Prior to joining Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, she was regional director of sales at Regent Hotels & Resorts and also served as director of business development for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.

John Yeadon

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego welcomes John Yeadon as director of sales and marketing. In his new role, Yeadon oversees revenue forecasting, business planning and owner relations. Previously, he held management positions at other Hyatt properties, including Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Hyatt Regency Denver and Grand Hyatt Denver. Yeadon began his career with Hyatt Hotels in 2005 as sales manager for Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. In 2013, Hyatt Hotels named him Director of Sales of the Year.

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