by Terence Baker | February 01, 2007


Charon moves up at SmithBucklin
Marc Charon has been promoted to vice president, financial management and accounting services, at Chicago-based SmithBucklin. Charon has been at the company since 2002, most recently as senior director. In addition to his new responsibilities, he retains his position as finance director for the American Society for Bone & Mineral Research.

Rouzie promoted at NBWA
Patti Rouzie has been promoted to vice president, membership and meetings, at the Alexandria, Va.-based National Beer Wholesalers Association. In this position, she manages several of the association’s events, including its biennial trade show in Las Vegas, its board of directors’ committees and its board elections, as well as oversees membership dues and meetings revenue. Most recently, her NBWA post was as director of membership and meetings.


Barbara Janishefski has been hired as senior account ex-ecutive, Midwest association market, at the 950-room JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix. Also new are senior account executives Kris Umstattd, West Coast and Southwest, and Diane Wilson, Northeast.

John Anthony Jones has joined the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association as national sales manager.

Lorrie Lunn has joined the Hawaii Convention Center as sales manager, Western region, based in Honolulu. Also starting is Meredith Parkins, who will work in the Washington, D.C., office as sales manager, Eastern region.

John Oakley has been appointed director of group sales at the 513-room Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio.

Alejandra Petkoff Rivas has been named group sales manager at the 600-room Westin Rio Mar Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico.

Janet Ziegler has joined Barcelo Hotels & Resorts as director of meetings and Incentives, mid-Atlantic region. She is based in McLean, Va.

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Dan GiordanoMost of the time I am walking the hotel. It is where I get my most valuable feedback.

Dan Giordano is general manager at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, which opened across from the Orange County Convention Center last September with 1,500 rooms and 445,000 square feet of meeting space. Previously, Giordano helped open the 1,509-room Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort and served as director of conference management and then general manager at the 1,334-room Rosen Centre Hotel, also in Orlando.

How did you get into the hotel business?
I started in New Jersey, where I am from. My first position was in 1981 as a dishwasher at the Hilton Parsippany, but my first real experience on the business side of hotels was at two very large properties in New York City -- the Grand Hyatt New York and the New York Marriott Marquis Times Square.

Is there a secret to running a hotel?
Hard work and passion definitely help, but it is the fundamentals, such as “do the right thing,” “stay ahead of the curve” and “mind the store,” that are the most important. This might sound trite to some, but I am convinced that this is the way to grow and develop. We’re concentrating on national and state association and corporate business, but there will be a city component having events at the hotel, too.

Do you manage from behind a desk?
I do not spend much time there. Most of the time I am walking the hotel. It is where I get my most valuable feedback -- perhaps hearing someone say something nice in the lobby, or perhaps a concern in the meetings pavilion. The really important comments often come from the least likely places.