by Terence Baker | August 01, 2006

Barrett starts at Manpower Inc.
Chuck Barrett has been named manager of hospitality and convention services at Las Vegas-based Manpower Inc. of Southern Nevada. Previously, he was the founder and president of Quorum Search & Selection Inc., an executive search firm with offices in Illinois and Indiana.

Emard joins AAA-CPA
Nicole M. Emard has been appointed meetings and education director at the Fairfax, Va.-based American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants. Formerly, she served as director of public relations and meetings at the Washington, D.C.-based Lewis Law Firm.


James Angel has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the 124-room Atlantic Fort Lauderdale (Fla.).
Stacy Dreyfus has been named global sales director at Miami Beach-based Boutique Hotels & Resorts International.
Kaaren Hamilton is the new sales manager at the 350-room Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson, in Jersey City, N.J.
Sandra Harvey has been named director of sales at the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority’s Washington, D.C., office. 
Leah Hatting and Tiffany Hoambrecker both joined the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention services managers.
Helen Peacock has been appointed director of conference management at the 1,000-room Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando, a Loews Hotel.
Thomas Riel has been named sales and marketing director at the 274-room Renaissance Providence Hotel, in Providence, R.I., which opens early next year.
Ed Svitak has become director of sales and marketing at the 200-room Marriott Chicago Midway Airport.
Scott A. Williamson, CHSP, CMP, has been appointed director of sales at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau’s Washington, D.C., office.

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Lia Parisien

"States currently perform the vast majority of environmental protection tasks..."

Lia Parisien is senior project manager, editor/planner, at the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Council of the States (, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan association that was begun in 1993 with 20 states as members; today, membership is up to 49 states, in addition to Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

What kind of events do you plan for ECOS? I handle agenda-setting and logistics for the two annual ECOS membership meetings. Plus, I’m media liaison and chief editor of our quarterly magazine and weekly newsletter.

How do you balance planning and editing? Both come naturally to me, as I am the daughter of two journalists, and my divorced, working mom needed lots of help in the organization department, so I spent my childhood honing my “planning” skills.

What is your take on state environmental efforts? States currently perform the vast majority of environmental protection tasks in the United States, including 90 percent or more of enforcement actions and 97 percent of environmental inspections. State environmental agencies are widely viewed as laboratories of innovation and are frequently looked to for creative solutions. Unfortunately, they have experienced steep reductions in federal funding recently, but we are working hard to reverse this trend.

What policy initiative is ECOS working on right now? One notable effort now is the Quicksilver Caucus, which aims to reduce the presence of the neurotoxin mercury in the environment.