by Kaylee Hultgren | November 01, 2007


Schaefer joins American Diabetes Association

Germaine Schaefer has been named director of convention operations for the American Diabetes Association, based in Alexandria, Va. Her new position entails planning scientific sessions, the postgraduate course and other professional education events. Prior to joining ADA, she managed Schaefer Consulting, specializing in logistics and on-site meetings management.

Steele takes job with Fourth Wall Events

Morgan H. Steele has taken a position at the New York City-based corporate event design and management company, Fourth Wall Events. She oversees decor and entertainment for domestic and international events. Previously, Morgan worked as event management director for Union Square Group, also based in New York City.


Iman P. Butler has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the 396-room Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, in Southern California’s Dana Point.

Gwen Campbell has been hired as senior event marketing consultant for C.W. Allen Group, a Birmingham, Ala.-based event and communications company.

Alan Feehan has joined the Reno-Sparks (Nev.) Convention and Visitors Authority as a sales manager.

Juan J. Garcia has been hired as director of sales and marketing for the 1,417-room Hilton Orlando.

Lukrecija Lelong is now senior conference planning manager at the 248-room Heldrich hotel in New Brunswick, N.J.

Peter Psihas has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the historic 330-room Blackstone Hotel, slated to reopen in Chicago by the end of this year.

Andrew Shaw has been named national sales director for VisitPittsburgh, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.

Christine M. Tascione has joined the Greater Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Convention & Visitors Bureau as director of convention and group sales.

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Sheila Stampfli"I am most proud of being able to maintain long-term relationships with clients."

Sheila Stampfli, president of Courtesy Associates, a Washington, D.C.-based conference and event management company, recently was named one of two recipients of the 2007 Women Who Advance Excellence in Associations award, granted by ASAE and The Center for Association Leadership’s Greater Washington Network. She also has served as chair of the Professional Convention Management Association’s Education Foundation.

Do you have any role models? My role model was Jane Marilley, who founded Courtesy Associates in 1947. When she was 25 years old, she borrowed $500 to start a telephone answering service, which quickly expanded to handling meetings and events. Jane was way ahead of her time, a true professional businesswoman, and a marvelous teacher and role model.

What has been your greatest achievement? I would have to say that it was building on the vision of what Jane first began, and developing Courtesy into a global business and leader in our industry. But I am most proud of being able to maintain long-term relationships with clients, colleagues and even our competitors.

Any advice for “newbies” entering the industry? When I meet with potential employees, I look for certain qualities they must have before they are ready to make a career in our industry: They must be 120 percent focused on service; they must be relentless in their attention to detail; and they must walk in with a smile on their face and be ready to tackle any challenge thrown their way.