by Terence Baker | July 01, 2005

Ramsborg heads up education at PCMA

Glen C. Ramsborg, Ph.D., has been named senior director of education at the Chicago-based Professional Convention Management Association. Previously, Ramsborg managed his own company, The Ramsborg Group, a consultancy involved in education, and was 17 years at the post of director of programs and meeting services at the Park Ridge, Ill.-based American Association of Nurse Anesthetists.

Englebrecht pegged for nurses association
SmithBucklin appointed Kaye Englebrecht, CAE, executive director of the Chicago-based National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses. Englebrecht previously was director of health policy and regulatory affairs at the Naperville, Ill.-based Illinois Hospital Association.

Carter named event planner at First Marblehead
Kori Carter is the new corporate event manager for the Boston-based education loan company First Marblehead Corp. Previously, he was the catering sales manager for Tables of Content, a boutique catering company.

German hotel company Maritim Hotels recently opened its first North American sales office. In New York City, it will be headed by Lisa Cherepon, director of sales, North America.
Mark DiMartino has been appointed national sales manager at the 1,242-room Hilton Waikoloa on the Big Island, Hawaii.
Grant Dipman has been named director of meetings and special events at the 349-room Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas, in Henderson, Nev.
Patrick Sorge has been hired as director of sales and marketing at the 500-room Hyatt Regency Boston.
Mark Vaughan has been appointed director of marketing for the 727-room Marco Island (Fla.) Marriott Resort, Golf Club & Spa.
Lilian Wagner has joined the St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco, as director of sales and marketing. The 200-room property opens Sept. 1.

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Jacques Dubois"It is really satisfying to see everyone reaching out and saying they need our help."

Jacques Dubois is senior vice president of marketing, distribution and customer relationship management for Belgium-based Rezidor SAS, which manages the Cerruti, Park Inn, Radisson SAS and Regent hotel chains.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide recently bought 75 percent of Rezidor SAS. Why? Several years ago, we made an agreement with Carlson for the use of their brand names. This new deal allows us the rights to those brands and to build them up over the long term. It also brings more of a North American perspective to our business.

How do Rezidor SAS’s properties differ from the competition? Our hotels are the technological leaders in most of the destinations we serve. Also, most are new-builds, so they are both modern and reflective of their locations. The company is opening 60 new properties this year, and there are hotels now in 42 countries.

What is your favorite Rezidor SAS hotel? The Radisson SAS Hotel London Stansted Airport is wonderful and has a wine tower with cables that the bartenders zoom up to get the bottle of your choice. Our president saw one in Las Vegas and said, “I want one of those.” I also love the Radisson SAS in Cologne, which has a great staff.

Where did you grow up? In Montréal, but I was born in Detroit. I moved to Brussels 10 years ago and love it. My two daughters were born there. Many people think the city is just full of politicians, but that proves false the more you know it. Belgium has some wonderful, undiscovered villages and towns, and Paris is only 90 minutes away.