by Terence Baker | July 01, 2004

Soyster joins Industrial & Office Properties group

Karin M. Soyster, CMP, CAE, has joined the Herndon, Va.-based National Association of Industrial & Office Properties as vice president of education. Previously, she served as vice president of meetings and conventions for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts in Washington, D.C.
Robinson heads up NASCIO
Douglas T. Robinson has been named executive director for  the Lexington, Ky.-based National Association of State Chief Information Officers, with overall responsibility for the association’s meetings and membership. Previously, he was executive director of the Office for Policy and Customer Relations in Kentucky’s Governor’s Office for Technology.

Jerad Bachar has been hired as national sales director at the Greater Pittsburgh Convention & Visitors Bureau. The bureau also promoted Lisa Ashbaugh to director of convention host development.
Steve Gigantiello, CMP, has been named program manager at Atlanta-based destination management company Atlanta Arrangements Inc. In addition, Leslie Swiedom was appointed program development manager.
Angela Hymes is the new senior sales manager at the 1,600-room Hilton Anaheim (Calif.). She is based in Chicago and handles the Midwest group market. 
Clifford Rippetoe has been named vice president of exhibit and design, installation and dismantle, at Las Vegas-based GES Exposition Services Inc.
Marc Seidman has been appointed senior account executive at the 1,340-room Marriott Wardman Park in Washington, D.C. He is responsible for the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest regions.
Fabiola Sotomayor has been named national sales manager at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is responsible for nonconvention center corporate and association business in the Northeast and Southeast.

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Elias Bustamante

"I worked as an antiques trader for 25 years before I put on my first trade show."

Elias Bustamante is president & CEO of Bustamante Enterprises Inc. (, an Atwater, Calif.-based event producer specializing in antique and antiquarian-book shows. The company, which puts on 10 to 15 shows a year, also sets up and breaks down a similar number of shows for third-party producers.

How long have you been in business? I produced my first antiques show in 1975.

How did you start dealing in antiques? I was recalled to the army in 1950 and posted to England. As we were not at combat, weekends were free, and I spent them buying antiques in England to sell back in the United States.

When did you start to produce shows? I worked as an antiques trader for 25 years before I put on my first trade show. I specialized in an Early American form of glass called Brilliant Cut. There is a lot of expensive glass, such as Tiffany, at these shows, and also a lot of jewelry.

How do you handle security at the shows? The company has its own security team, but security is more of an issue at the book shows, in terms of things having the potential to disappear. We see people tucking books under their arms and walking out.

Who helps run the business? Helping me are two daughters, a grandson and a son-in-law. Having family around can be an advantage, but also a disadvantage when certain decisions need to be made.