by Terence Baker | July 01, 2006

Kimler joins Scholastic Inc.
Jason Kimler has been named producer of meetings and events, corporate productions, for Scholastic Inc. The New York City-based company publishes the Harry Potter series among its many other titles and print products. Previously, Kimler ran his own planning company, Event Strategies LLC.

Taylor starts at Rotary International
Daryl C. Taylor, CMP, has been named manager, programs and promotions, for Rotary International in Evanston, Ill. Prior to taking this post, Taylor was as an event manager at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Josh Baker has been hired by the 760-room Sheraton Atlanta as national sales manager.

Michele Chalupa and Sherri Powers-Mancini have joined the 285-room Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa in Groton, Conn., as group sales managers.

Peter J. Gillette, CMP, has been promoted to director of convention operations at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin resorts, which combined have 2,709 guest rooms. Also promoted was Miguelina Urena, who now is director of convention and conference services.

Jeff Hahn has been named regional director of accounts, corporate meetings and incentives, at the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.

Sheri Karpinski is the new director of catering and conference services at the 400-room St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, Calif.

Dorte Ottesen has joined Tourism Vancouver as manager, international meeting and convention sales.

Diane Rouse has been named senior sales manager for the Chicago-based Trade Show Exhibitors Association.

Gary Sherwin is the new president and CEO of the Newport Beach (Calif.) Conference & Visitors Bureau.

Jennifer Toney has been named director of sales for the 3,000-room Hyatt Las Vegas, to open in mid-2008.

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Jayne KurylukThe role members’ faith plays in their jobs varies with who they work for.

Jayne Kuryluk is director of the Westminster, Colo.-based Christian Meetings & Conventions Association (, a five-year-old organization with 650 members. Kuryluk was born in Calgary, Alberta, and moved to the United States when she was 3 years old.

How was the association formed? Several original members desired a community in order to build relationships with other planners who share their faith. We started out with a reception for 35 people. The association crosses all Christian denominations, and membership is definitely growing. At our convention this past spring, some 200 mem-bers attended.

What are your plans to grow the association? We’ve grown mostly by word of mouth. We hope to do two shows per year, one in the spring and one in the fall.

Do your members’ beliefs play an active role in their professional lives? We have meeting planners who work for Christian organizations and secular companies. We ask that our members believe in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but we do not care who they work for. The role members’ faith plays in their jobs varies with who they work for.

Have you always been a meeting planner? No, I started in accounting. I worked for a denomination headquarters in Denver as director of finance. As part of that job, I organized national conventions, and I combined these roles for 18 years before joining with a few others to start the CMCA.