"I see it as my mission to break down any remaining barriers for women in A/V."
Bridget Cline, founder, president and CEO of Pinellas Park, Fla.-based Industrial Strength Inc. & Pilot House Audio Visual, has received the Women in AV Award from InfoComm, a leading audiovisual trade association. Cline also engages in pro-bono and nonprofit work. Her latest creation is FAVE (Female Audio Visual Executives), a nonprofit trade association that mentors young women in the field.
Tell us about FAVE. It began as a way to find other women with whom I could share experiences. When I started, men who had been in the industry for years would call me and ask to "talk to the man." When I explained that I was, in fact, "the man," I would often hear a "click." Now that I've been accepted into the fold as a more than competent provider, I see it as my mission to break down any remaining barriers for women in A/V.
Where do you find your inspiration for your work? From broadcasts, such as the Academy Awards, or the opening of the Olympics. Also, I read 30 to 40 magazines per month to stay current on trends in color, design, lighting and even mood. But my greatest inspiration comes from brainstorming with the clients themselves.
What was the best compliment you've received on the job? It was from a client -- a very traditional university president -- who wasn't too sure about having a female in charge of his production team for a very high-profile event. I gradually earned his trust and respect, and after a flawless event, he shook my hand and said, "It will be an honor to work with you again soon." It made my entire month.
Dinnerman joins Amber Ready Inc.
Julie Dinnerman has been hired as event coordinator for Amber Ready Inc., a new Rockaway, N.J.-based company providing missing-children alerts to parents and police. Her new post entails planning the company's nationwide events. Previously, Dinnerman was the events manager for East Rutherford, N.J.-based Allied Building Products.
Mark Adams was named director of sales for the 569-room Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Carol Eberhard has been appointed director of group sales at the 550-room Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia.
Roger Freeman was hired as national sales executive for Hargrove Inc., a Lanham, Md.-based trade show, event and exhibit company.
Ashly Gabri has been promoted to vice president of incentives and strategic accounts for Associated Luxury Hotels International. She is based in the company's Atlanta office.
Christine Gonzalez has been appointed director of convention services and catering at the 1,334-room Rosen Centre in Orlando.
Global event marketing company Pico has hired Kris Malmberg as vice president of national accounts and Marsha Harrison as senior account executive.
The Grapevine (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Robert H. McPherrin assistant executive director of sales and marketing.
Ed Rudzinski was appointed area general manager of the 753-room Baltimore Marriott Waterfront.
Garrett Stanwick has been named director of Western regional sales for Summit Performance Group, an incentive travel and meetings management company headquartered in San Diego.
Lindsey Tellez has been hired as executive meetings manager at the 300-room Lancaster (Pa.) Marriott at Penn Square.
Renee Wuerdeman has joined the Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau to serve as the director of convention services.