by Terence Baker | December 01, 2004

McCabe shifts focus at Reed Exhibitions
Christopher McCabe, a seven-year veteran at Reed Exhibitions, has begun overseeing the company’s consumer shows, including BookExpo America, the Chicagoland Outdoors Show, the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show and the State Farm Show. Based in Reed’s Norwalk, Conn., headquarters, McCabe previously looked after Reed’s industrial and golf/leisure sectors.

Eiken moves to SmithBucklin
Mary Eiken, CMP, has been hired by Chicago-based SmithBucklin to manage the meetings and conventions of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. Eiken, a planner for 17 years, previously served as director of quality, research and patient advocacy at the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, also headquartered in Chicago.

David Adelson
has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the 1,336-room Grand Hyatt New York.
Kellie Carriker has been hired at the 727-room Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa as director of sales and marketing.
Bryan Gay has been named director of convention sales at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in the 4,766-room Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Chris Kelly has been hired at the 863-room Westin New York at Times Square as director of sales and marketing.
Dina Lomagno has been appointed director of catering and conference services at the 246-room Belleview Biltmore Resort in Clearwater, Fla.
Lia Moore is the new director of national accounts for the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Bureau. Also new at the bureau are Julie Henneberry and Kelly Hill, both of whom have the title of executive sales manager.
John O’Hearn has been appointed director of convention development at the Greater Louisville (Ky.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Fred Duerr"The resort has had six different owners, which has allowed me to learn and grow to a greater degree."

Fred Duerr has lived and worked at the 125-room Kona Village Resort in Kaupulehu on Hawaii’s Big Island for 38 years. The resort’s general manger since 1975, he retired last month but will stay on as a consultant. Duerr originally is from Dayton, Ohio.

How has the resort changed since 1966? We opened in 1966 with 25 cabins. Materials were brought in by barge, plane or army-surplus vehicles that took hours to negotiate the lava flows. There were no traffic lights. Now, the islands are less agrarian and more business-minded.
How did you arrive in Hawaii? I wanted to study fish and game management but changed my major to business. Also, I worked in a hotel. My wife became a school teacher, and as we both had the freedom to go where we wanted, we decided on the sun of Hawaii.

Was working for so long at the same hotel ever a drawback? No. The resort has had six different owners, which has allowed me to learn and grow to a greater degree. Really, it has been like running six different hotels.   

How did the resort become known for both donkeys and Kona coffee? What attracts people to Hawaii is the island’s culture and native foods, including Kona coffee. It took the islands a surprisingly long time to realize that. As for the area’s donkeys, they were left to roam after World War II, when they were used as beasts of burden. Recently, they began to mess up the golf courses, so local government officials decided to move them. On hearing this, I adopted five.