by Terence Baker | October 01, 2004

Ogulnick gets promotion at TSEA
Keith Ogulnick has been promoted to vice president of education and events for the Chicago-based Trade Show Exhibitors Association. Ogulnick joined TSEA in 2002 as education and meetings director. Among his responsibilities is the management of the association’s key event, TS2The Trade Show About Trade Shows.

Gauthreaux moves up at Freeman
David Gauthreaux was recently promoted to vice president of corporate events at Freeman Decorating in Dallas. Having worked for Freeman since 1991 in New Orleans, Orlando and Seattle, Gauthreaux moved to the company’s Dallas headquarters in 2003 as national sales director, corporate events.

Shane Allor has been hired as sales director for the 450-room Rancho Las Palmas Marriott Resort & Spa, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Holly J. Anderson, CMP, CMM, has been appointed to the post of director of sales and marketing at the Dolce Norwalk Center for Leadership & Innovation in Norwalk, Conn.
Roy T. Benear has been named vice president of convention sales at the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Sarah Chen has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.
John Harmon is the new associate director of resort sales at the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. Don Oswald also has joined the bureau as national convention sales manager, West Coast.
Juan J. García was named director of sales and marketing at the 1,224-room Hilton Atlanta.
Alana Miranda is the new director of sales, North America, for three Starwood Hotels & Resorts properties in Tahiti and French Polynesia. Based in Los Angeles, she represents the 200-room Sheraton Hotel Tahiti, the 120-room St. Regis Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa and the 106-room Sheraton Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa.

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Christopher Gribbs"I need to make the convention itself architecturally sound to satisfy attendees.”

Christopher J. Gribbs is senior director of conventions at the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects. An AIA employee for 17 years, Gribbs has been in his current role for the past three.

Are you an architect by trade? Yes. I earned a B.A. in architecture at the University of Detroit.

Do you miss designing buildings? Yes, but I know I could always go back to it. One interesting role I had prior to my AIA years was for the National Park Service. In Texas and Puerto Rico, I produced architectural drawings of historic buildings for a survey designed to provide meticulous documentation on landmarks in order to preserve them.

Does being an architect make you see convention centers differently? I think so. I look at convention space three-dimensionally but without losing sight of the end-user. I also choose the site for our national convention in terms of how appropriate it is architecturally. Has the city embraced design? Is it walkable? What makes it interesting?

Are architects opinionated about elements of the meetings they attend? Definitely. One of my challenges is to design the convention brochure. Everyone on the committee has an opinion; the solution is always a compromise. Then I need to make the convention itself architecturally sound to satisfy the design scruples of 18,000 attendees.

What’s hot in architecture? The buzz now is sustainability increasing a building’s energy efficiency and life span.