by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 11, 2016

During its Global Conference, held Nov. 4-8 in Playa Bonita, Panama, the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence announced its slate of leaders for 2017. Rajeev Kohli, CIS, joint managing director, Creative Travel, India, has been elected as SITE board president for a second term. Serving with Kohli as officers and returning directors are:
 
• President-elect: Annamaria Ruffini, CIS, CMP, president and CEO, Events In & Out, Italy;
• Immediate past president: Rhonda Brewer, CIS, chief sales and operations officer, RMC DMC, USA;
• Vice president, finance and business development: Philip Eidsvold, CIS, account director - employee and channel loyalty, Aimia, USA;
• Vice president, education and certification: Jennifer Glynn, CIS, managing partner, Meeting Encore, Canada;
• Member-at-large: Daryl Keywood, CIS, managing director and CEO, Walthers Destination Business Solutions, South Africa;
• Ex-officio: Kevin Hinton, CIS, SITE chief excellence officer, USA;
• Olga Navarro, CIS, executive director, ITB DMC, Spain;
• Eda Ozden, director, business development, MEP Destination Business Solutions, Turkey;
• Jonathan Richards, CIS, sales manager, North America and Europe, corporate gifts division, Maui Jim Sunglasses & Zeal Optics, USA;
• Julia Trejo, CIS, CMP, DMCP, director of special projects, Terramar Destinations, Panama;
• Alicia Yao, CIS, general manager, IME Consulting, China;
• Kevin Edmunds, vice president, Hard Rock All-Inclusive Collection, USA;
• Anne-Marie Rogers, director of meetings and incentives, Direct Travel, USA; and
• John Iannini  CIS, CTC, vice president, Melia Hotels International and president-elect, SITE Foundation, USA.
 

In addition, Rhea Stagner, CIS, division vice president sourcing and supplier relations, Maritz Travel, USA, will serve as SITE Foundation president in 2017. Other board members are:

 
• President-elect: John Iannini, CIS, CTC, vice president, Meliá Hotels International;
• Immediate past president: Denise Dornfield, CIS, chairperson, AlliedPRA;
• Vice president, finance: Carina Bauer, CEO, the IMEX Group, Regent Exhibitions;
• Vice president, research and education: Tina Weede, CRP, president, USMotivation;
• Vice president, fundraising: Lynn Pavony, director of incentive sales, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts;
• Bonnie Boisner, vice president, event management, Aimia;
• Anne DiGregory, corporate director, intermediary sales and strategy, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co.
• Padraic Gilligan, managing director, SoolNua;
• Martin Lewis, managing director, CAT Publications;
• Terry Manion, executive vice president, Meridican Incentive Consultants;
• Jimmy Romo, general manager, specialty sales, Delta Airlines;
• Annamaria Ruffini, SITE president-elect 2017;
• Michele Samoulides, senior manager, worldwide reward and recognition programs, Microsoft Corp.;
• Chris Wheeler, executive director, global incentive sales, Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas; and
• Aileen Zerbonia, CMP, senior manager corporate events, Informatica.