Blitz joins Fission
Bethany Blitz has been appointed meetings manager at New York City-based Fission Communications, a division of McCann-Erickson Healthcare Worldwide. She comes from the now-defunct Worldwide Healthcare Communications, where she was a senior program director responsible for the company’s national and international medical conferences.
Opsitnick moves up at NREC
Jeff Opsitnick, CMP, has been hired as director, meeting and event planning, at the Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Previously, he spent 19 years with Marriott International, most recently as logistics manager and director of event management.
Zola appointed at SmithBucklin
Mary Ellyn Zola has joined Chicago-based SmithBucklin as executive director of Encompass, a computer-user group for business clients of Hewlett-Packard. Zola, responsible for the group’s meetings and conventions, previously was with Discovery Chicago, a medical-education provider.
Michele Bowling has been named senior sales manager at the 684-room French Lick (Ind.) Resort & Casino, which opens in November.
Steve Milo has been appointed director of sales at Coral Gables, Fla.-based Landry & Kling, Meetings at Sea.
Rick Mitrovich, CMP, is the new director of catering and convention services at the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.
Mark Podolski has been appointed executive vice president of convention sales and marketing at the Anaheim/Orange County (Calif.) Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Mark Theis has been named executive vice president, sales, for the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau.
Karen Townsend recently joined the Jacksonville & the Beaches (Fla.) Convention & Visitors Bureau as senior national sales manager.