Meetings & Conventions: People January 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Alyssa Shipley
Alyssa Shipley is a meeting specialist for Amgen, Inc., a
biotechnical company in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She started her
career as a planner with Nestlé USA in 1995.
What is your best travel tip?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Actually, traveling through
different time zones can be a real drag, so I just psych myself up
for it. “Self, this is what time it is. Deal with it!”
How do you reward yourself for a meeting well
An adult beverage in first class on the way home. No, seriously,
there isn’t always time for rewards, but I think it’s very
important to recognize that you did well even if you’re the only
one who recognizes it and properly commend yourself.
What’s your favorite “in a rush”
An extra-hot Starbucks nonfat vanilla latté and an oat-nut scone
What past experiences help you in your present
Since birth? All of them!
Pick a celebrity planning partner.
Robin Williams. He’s great at improvisation, which is a necessary
skill when things go awry.
What movie captures the essence of meeting
A few titles come to mind Psycho, Working Girl but the one that
really fits is Father of the Bride. Planners are always running
around like mad doing logistical things while the big event is
going on. Next thing you know, it’s over and you never saw
AMY DREW TEITLERPLANNERS
HOFING PROMOTED AT INTEGRATED
Ilene Hofing has been promoted to meetings director at Integrated
Communications Corporation in Lawrenceville, N.J. Previously, she
was the company’s senior project manager and has 11 years
experience in the industry.
PASHA NAMED REGIONAL VP AT RYMARK
Rymark International, a meeting services company in Palm Coast,
Fla., named Tom Pasha regional vice president. Pasha was previously
employed with Marriott and Adam’s Mark, and spent more than 15
years with Hyatt Hotels.
BENNETT BACK AT PHYSICAL THERAPY
Nancy Schelhorn Bennett, CMP, has joined the staff of the
Alexandria, Va.-based American Physical Therapy Association as
director of the meetings and expositions department. Bennett spent
the past 10 years in national accounts with Marriott Corporation.
She began her career in 1984 as APTA’s director of
SUPPLIERSElizabeth McCormick Best has been
promoted to corporate sales manager at the Omni Netherland Plaza in
Cincinnati.Joe Blake has been appointed executive
director of of the Chapel Hill/Orange County (N.C.) Visitors
Bureau.Penny Graham has been promoted to
director of sales at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver,
B.C.Denise Lodrige, managing director of
the Washington, D.C., worldwide sales office for Hilton, has
assumed the additional task of overseeing the Atlanta and Florida
worldwide sales offices.Richard Payette is the new general
manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. n George Staikos
has been promoted to director of food and beverage at the Hilton
Short Hills (N.J.).Timothy M. Strobl was promoted to
director of sales for the Nashville Convention Center.Gerard “Jordy” Tolletthas been named
president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors
Bureau.Mark Vaughan is the new director of
marketing for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
If you would like notice of a career move considered for
inclusion in this column, contact Amy Drew Teitler, Senior Editor,
M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796;
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