by Terence Baker | May 01, 2005

Taylor moves to NSSGA
Betty Taylor has joined the Alexandria, Va.-based National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association as exhibits manager, with responsibility for conventions and trade shows. With more than 10 years of experience, Taylor previously was the director of trade show account management at Hargrove Inc., an event company in Lanham, Md.

Kelli Bailey has joined the Greater Louisville (Ky.) Convention & Visitors Bureau as small meetings sales manager.
Todd Bertka, CASE, has been promoted to director of national sales at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. 
Lisa Chamberlain, CMP, has been appointed national sales manager at the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Annette Latorre Conrad is the new director of sales at the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Debbi Foshee was named director of sales and marketing at the Shreveport (La.) Convention Center, which is due to open next January. 
John G. Reyes is the new president of the Jacksonville (Fla.) & the Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Previously, he was vice president of sales at the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Brian Sbrocco has been named director of sales and marketing at the 491-room Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa, which opens in Bastrop, Texas, in 2006.
Michael Tompkins has been named director of hotel and spa operations at the Oneida Indian Nation’s Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y.
Meredith K. Voller has been promoted to associate director of sales at the 192-room Hotel Monaco Chicago. 
Stephen Waldmann has been named director of catering and conference services at the 521-room Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa in Kona, Hawaii.
Michael Wallington was appointed national sales manager for the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.

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David E. Eckberg, CMP"The letters CMP behind other people’s names intimidated me, and I did not want to be intimidated in this industry."

David E. Eckberg, CMP, is a conference planner at A-S-K Conference Management Group ( in Lawrence, Kan. Last year, at age 24, he earned the Convention Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional designation, one of the youngest to do so.

Why did you want your CMP so early in life? I knew I enjoyed planning, and I wanted to learn more. The application sat on my desk for three years, the minimum amount of planning experience one needs before applying. The letters CMP behind other people’s names intimidated me, and I did not want to be intimidated in this industry. Having a CMP definitely helps in terms of knowledge, respect and pay.

When did you decide to become a planner? I studied theater design at the University of Kansas but changed my major to business communications, as it seemed more relevant to the Kansas job market. As part of my course, I organized student orientation programs and interned with A-S-K. When I graduated, the company offered me a job.

For how long has A-S-K existed? As long as I have. In fact, in February, both A-S-K and I shared our 25th birthdays. We had a party to celebrate both.

What do you do at A-S-K? l look after one association and about 10 government accounts. I was most stressed when I was organizing three domestic and two international events within four months for a client in the Air Force. Also, I am on the board of directors of the Society of Government Meeting Professional’s Heart of America Chapter.