by Terence Baker | December 01, 2006


Ryan takes job with Omnia Education
Veronica Ryan, CMP, has been named senior project manager at Omnia Education, a subsidiary of Fort Washington, Pa.-based US HealthConnect. Her primary responsibility is to plan Omnia’s national continuing medical education events. Previously, Ryan was a marketing manager at Lima, Pa.-based transportation company Pilot Air Freight.

Hausoul joins National Fastener Distributors
Association management company SmithBucklin has appointed John Hausoul executive vice president at the Chicago-based National Fastener Distributors Association, with responsibility for the organization’s membership and meetings. Previously, Hausoul served as executive director of the Arlington, Va.-based Rigid Plastic Packaging Institute.


John Branciforte has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the 730-room Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate.

Frank De Sota has been named director of sales and marketing at the 286-room Doral Tesoro Hotel & Golf Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

James Duda has been appointed executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based Destination Marketing Association International Foundation.

Paula Helm has been named senior sales manager at the Palm Springs (Calif.) Convention Center.

Lacey Jennings has accepted the position of convention sales manager, corporate, pharmaceutical and medical, at the Jackson (Miss.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Maria Webb and Devon Whitaker-Passley have joined the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association as convention sales managers.

Kavin Williams has been hired as national sales director for New York City-based Michael C. Fina, a company that develops corporate recognition programs. Williams is based in Los Angeles.

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Michael J. Dimond
The hotel industry has grown up and is more professional.

Michael J. Dimond, CHSE, is senior vice president of marketing at the 700-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., but he will retire on Jan. 1 after 45 eventful years in the hospitality business. He plans to divide his time between homes in Colorado Springs and Nashville.

What are some career highlights? I spent 20 or so years at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel & Convention Center in Nashville, helping to brand and position the hotel and to turn what was a second-tier city into a major convention destination. Also, I was the second salesperson ever to be hired by Hyatt Corp. Those times were fun, but overall, it is the journey that counts, not the destination.

What was your first job in the industry? I was a busboy at a Holiday Inn in Dayton, Ohio, where I went to college. In the early 1960s, Holiday Inns were all roadside motels, but I could see that the whole industry was taking off. I also had the good fortune to meet Bill Hughes, who for many years was a senior vice president at Hyatt. I consider him my mentor, and we remain friends.

How has the industry changed? The biggest improvement is in marketing. The hotel industry has grown up and is more professional. Everybody realizes that nothing happens without a good game plan.

Any regrets? No. I never lost my passion, and I have left The Broadmoor in the capable hands of my successor, John Washko. I will remain somehow involved in the hotel, but I also plan to write a book about my experiences.