by Terence Baker | December 01, 2003


Hoff promoted at National Trade Productions
Jennifer Hoff has been named vice president of operations and conferences at National Trade Productions, an event management company in Alexandria, Va. Hoff, who joined NTP in 1992, will oversee the operations, logistics and customer service for clients’ conferences and expositions.


Sam Bonfe has joined the 1,340-room Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., as the property’s director of catering and sales.
Judy Lynn Dufour has joined the 1,300-room Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center as director of association sales.
Mari Garcia has been named director of sales and marketing at the 319-room Conrad Miami, which opens in January.
Lia Moore has been appointed national sales manager for the 780-room Millennium Hotel, St. Louis.
John Page has been named director of operations at the Savannah (Ga.) International Trade & Convention Center.
Vickey Pettypool has been named national sales manager at the 640-suite Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix.
ThomasRohlfing, CHME, has joined the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau as director of national accounts.
Camille Santry has been appointed to the position of director of business and travel industry sales at the 415-room Fairmont Washington, D.C.
Alison Saren has joined the 1,060-room Boca Raton (Fla.) Resort & Club as national sales manager. She primarily is responsible for midsize conference groups from the Northeast United States.
Vincent Sciabarassi is the new director of sales and marketing at the 863-room Westin New York at Times Square.
Leslie Teague has joined L.A. Inc., the Los Angeles convention and visitors bureau, as director, regional sales, with responsibility for Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri.
Larry Wilson has joined Carlson Hotels Worldwide as vice president of sales. He is based at Carlson’s headquarters office in Minneapolis.

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"Baton twirling is an artistic sport, similar to gymnastics... Organizing the championships is the most rewarding part of my job."

Sandi Wiemers is president of the Copiague, N.Y.-based U.S. Twirling Association (, dedicated to the sport of baton twirling. Wiemers is in charge of national events, including a biennial convention and a national championships event held every July. She lives and works in Clay Center, Kan.

How do the national championships work? Baton twirling is an artistic sport, very similar to gymnastics. Athletes compete in individual events, twirling either one, two or three batons. The freestyle competition involves more gymnastics and dance elements, and there also are events for pairs. Organizing the championships is the most rewarding part of my job.

What has been your biggest challenge? Often team coaches block multiple hotel rooms and then sell those rooms far too late, which results in others not being able to get into the block. To combat the problem, we usually set our cutoff date fairly early.

Is there a world championships? Yes, but I do not organize any of those events. At the U.S. trials next March, three athletes will be selected for the World Baton Twirling Championships, which will be held in Osaka, Japan, in summer 2004; the U.S. team will be defending its title.

Do you have time to spend with your family? I do. I met my husband in fourth grade, and we now have three children and four grandchildren, with one more expected in January. I hope it’s a girl; all the others are boys. -- JONATHAN VATNER