by Terence Baker | March 01, 2005

Greenspan moves to National Trade Productions
Steve Greenspan has rejoined Alexandria, Va.-based National Trade Productions as executive director, business development, with responsibility for managing TS2 The Trade Show About Trade Shows. Greenspan started his career at National Trade Productions 20 years ago; most recently he was director of exhibition sales at events company PGI, also headquartered in Alexandria.

Amanda Anker
is the new director of marketing and sales at the Sydney (Australia) Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Bridget Buesing has been named director of convention and catering services at the 317-room Sheraton Steamboat Resort & Conference Center in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Yolanda Bullock-Cooper has been promoted to executive director of short-term sales at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, and Patricia Kraft Hilpl has returned to the bureau as vice president of convention sales.
Jon Chocklett is the new director of sales and marketing, conferences, at the 310-room Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla. Also joining the resort is Lori Morgenstern as sales manager, conferences.
Craig Cupit has joined the 403-room Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Golf Resort & Spa as director of sales and marketing.
Liza Guitierrez, Lindsey Havens, Tammie Lamb, Brent Lubahn and Ronnette Martin have joined the 1,614-room Wyndham Anatole in Dallas as group sales managers. Also new to the property are Aneela Cobb and David Parker, both corporate travel sales managers. 
Claudia Passamonti has been named director of sales and marketing at the 179-room Mayfair Hotel & Spa, which opened earlier this year in Coconut Grove, Fla.
Javier Piñanes is the new Manhattan-based director of the Tourist Office of Spain’s U.S. offices in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City.
Martinis Thompkins has been hired as citywide sales manager at the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Adam Siegel"Our members are part of a large academic
market that I match with hotels to get
better group deals.”

Adam Siegel is the founder of Academic Ambassadors  (, a discount hotel service aimed at academic and other nonprofit groups and travelers. He works and lives in Northampton, Mass., with his wife, Rachel, and their two children, Esme and Isaac.

What was the impetus behind Academic Ambassadors? I wanted to enhance my own travel experiences. I’m the director of major gifts [fund-raising efforts] at Smith College, so I travel a lot visiting alumni, and I disliked staying at impersonal hotels where I often felt bored and alone.
Describe your membership. I have about 1,000 member travelers academics, fund-raisers and other nonprofit employees, many of whom have no experience negotiating with hotels. They are part of an invisible but large academic market that I match with member hotels to get better group deals.

How do you chose member hotels? I started with eight hotels, properties I knew and liked, and it grew from there. Now my members help recommend and even criticize properties. The hotels on our rolls might not be the number-one address in town, but they suit the needs of my members. I hope to take the service internationally and to secondary cities in the United States.

What did you study at college? I am an attorney by education, and that taught me the skill of persuasion as in persuading hotels to sign up for what is, after all, a conceptual idea, as I cannot guarantee large numbers. I am very grateful to the properties for their faith in me.