by Terence Baker | January 01, 2005

McKenney appointed at scientific society
Chicago-based SmithBucklin reports that Patrice McKenney has joined the association-planning company as executive director of the International Bone & Mineral Society in Washington, D.C. Previously, McKenney was director of the Family House Palermo, a care facility for liver- and kidney-transplant patients on the Italian island of Sicily.

Ledoux takes new position at ASAE
Amy Ledoux has been appointed vice president of meetings and expositions for the Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Association Executives and the Center for Association Leadership. Previously, Ledoux was a consultant for ASAE; she has 19 years of experience as a planner.

Kathleen Bernesby has been named director of sales at the Walt Disney World Dolphin and Swan hotels (with 1,509 and 1,200 rooms, respectively) in Orlando.
Stacey Button has been appointed the new director of the Flagstaff (Ariz.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Rick Hud has been named vice president of global sales for the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. He is based in Chicago.
Jerri Lame returns to the position of director of sales and marketing at the 891-room Westin Seattle.
Monica Smith has been appointed corporate sales manager for the Newport Beach (Calif.) Conference & Visitors Bureau.
Michael Stershic has been named executive director of the Lehigh Valley (Pa.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Mark Tester has been promoted to vice president of convention sales at the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau; also joining the bureau is Carol Motley as director of the Eastern regional sales office.
Kevin Williams has joined the 250-room Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Hotel in Indio, Calif., near Palm Springs, as director of hotel operations and sales. The resort, along with its 100,000-square-foot Special Events & Convention Center, opened last month.

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Judi Barth"Because many of our exhibits feature snacks, we’ve been affected by stricter bioterrorism measures."

Judi Barth is vice president of marketing and member programs for the Alexandria, Va.-based Snack Food Association, founded in 1937 as the Potato Chip Institute and today representing more than 800 food manufacturers worldwide. Barth, who lives in Chevy Chase, Md., has worked for the association for almost 25 years and in her current position since 1994.

What does your job entail? My position, I believe, is the nerve center of the association, a role that brings together our membership, which includes the giants of the industry as well as mom-and-pop concerns. I also arrange meetings for the association’s top and middle management, as well as the annual Pretzel Seminar. I was director of advertising before taking up this post.

What are some major issues for your membership? At our annual convention, called SNAXPO, some recent hot-button topics have included branding, food safety and new technology.

As an international association, what new challenges have you faced? We have seen international attendance drop due to world events. One meeting was held in the States the day after the Madrid train bombing; other events experienced two direct hits from this year’s Florida hurricanes, and in 2003, SNAXPO finished the same day as the Iraq War started. Foreign countries are sending fewer people. Also, because many of our exhibits feature the snacks themselves, we’ve been affected by stricter bioterrorism measures.