by Allen J. Sheinman | November 01, 2010

Jenny McConnell became director of sales at the Get­tysburg (Pa.) Convention & Visitors Bureau this past June. Previously, she worked at the York County (Pa.) CVB. McConnell is a native of the Gettysburg area.

How does it feel to be working with such a historical site?
It's awesome. People think they know about the battle from reading about it in history books, but when you come here and walk upon this ground, and see how vast the battlefield is and how little it has changed over the years, you get a sense of the Civil War as a real event, a feeling that real people fought and died here. It's a very special place. 

What does the area offer for groups? We have a number of fine hotels here, such as the Best Western Gettysburg Hotel; it's one of the oldest in the country, having opened in 1797, and offers 9,000 square feet of meeting space. There's also some terrific Wyndham and Courtyard by Marriott properties. Downtown Gettysburg is really charming, with lots of great shops for antiques and collectibles. And next year we begin a four-year commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle, which took place in 1863, so there'll be all sorts of special events.

What do you like best about your job?
Well, it's great to be promoting such a vital part of my home state, and then there are surprises like when I'll be walking down the street in downtown, and some Civil War re-enactors will walk by wearing their period uniforms, and I'll just stop in my tracks and say to myself, "What year is this again?"

On the Move

PlannersFugate joins Experient
Jeff Fugate has been hired as senior vice president, sales and account management, in support of the registration and housing services business unit of Experient, a provider of event planning and integrated meeting and event solutions. Fugate, who is based in the company's Frederick, Md., office, previously served as general manager of Clearwire Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based provider of broadband services.

Suppliers At the 508-room Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa, Mark Butcher has been hired as director of food and beverage.

Julie Coker has been appointed senior vice president, convention division, at the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

In Denver, JoAnn Elston has been hired to serve as director of sales and marketing at the 336-room The Curtis – A Doubletree Hotel.

Jeffrey Gloeb, CMP, has joined the 392-room Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas as director of sales.

Rosewood Hotels & Resorts has named Steve Halliday as managing director of the 154-room Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver, B.C. The vintage 1927 property, now undergoing a full renovation, will reopen early in 2011.

Sol Meliá Hotels & Resorts has appointed John Iannini, CTC, to serve as senor director of Sol Meliá Meeings & Events in the Americas.

At the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association, Jay Marsh has been hired as director of sales in the bureau's Washington, D.C., office.

Lisa Meredith has been named director of sales, central region, at the San Diego Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Lauren Rich has been hired as executive meetings manager at the 600-suite Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa in Destin, Fla.

Debbie Schembri has been hired as director of events and catering at the 1,400-room Hilton Orlando.

At the Ontario (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau, Clemmie Taylor was promoted to director of operations, and Amita Patel now serves as assistant general manager.