by Sarah J.F. Braley | July 01, 2007


Horner becomes an independent planner

Cornelia M. Horner, CMP, has launched Convention Meeting & Hospitality Solutions in Arlington, Va., focusing on association events. Horner’s 20 years of experience include eight years with CropLife America as director of meetings.

Regner named senior conference manager

Peter Regner is the new senior conference manager for Bethesda, Md.-based Educational Services Inc., a multiservice government contractor. The former director of administration for the Community Policing Consortium, Regner is past president of the National Capital Chapter of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals.

Triplett joins cancer research organization

Danielle Triplett, CMP, has taken the position of manager of meetings and exhibits for the American Association for Cancer Research, headquartered in Philadelphia. Prior to joining the AACR, Triplett spent 14 years as director of housing/senior convention services manager for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Ian Black is the new vice president of meetings and convention sales for the Palm Beach County (Fla.) CVB.

Holly Johnson has been named sales manager at Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center.

Tori Piersante, CMP, has joined the Salt Lake (Utah) Convention & Visitors Bureau as director of convention sales, focusing on the education market.

Sheldon Suga has been appointed vice president and general manager of the 2,000-room Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Prince George’s County, Md., across the Potomac from Washington, D.C. Set to open in early 2008, the property will offer 470,000 square feet of meeting space.

Mark Tunney, CMP, has joined the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau as managing director of convention sales.

John G. Wells has been named general manager of the 1,543-room Hilton Chicago.

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Charles W. Allen
We believe in -- and feel passionate about -- connecting people to create a better world.”

Charles W. Allen is chairman and CEO of the Birmingham, Ala.-based C.W. Allen Group, which helps organizations improve their marketing efforts, training programs and educational sessions. He recently became an executive director and joined the advisory board of the International Economic Alliance in Cambridge, Mass., which works to further international trade and economic development.

How did you get involved with the IEA? At the 2003 Power-Gen show in Las Vegas, I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Joseph Stanislaw, founder and chairman of Cambridge Energy Research Associates, on CNN’s Convention News Network. He and I developed a friendship; Dr. Stanislaw [now vice chairman of the IEA] suggested me for this position.

What is the goal of the group concerning global meetings? IEA was founded to host the annual U.S.-Russia Economic Symposium at the Harvard Club in Cambridge, Mass., and now co-organizes the annual Global Technology Symposium at Stanford University. As the number of meetings hosted and organized by IEA grows, hopefully our “leadership by example” will speak to the power and value of face-to-face as a communications medium.

What makes you right for this position? I’m sure one of the primary factors was the talented and [meetings] industry-experienced team by which I’m fortunate to be surrounded. We believe in -- and feel passionate about -- connecting people to create a better world.