Meetings & Conventions: People January 2000
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Mary B. Bassler
Mary B. Bassler, director of administration for the
Alexandria, Va.-based American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy,
plans several annual meetings. She has been with AACP for 22 of her
25 years in the planning industry. At press time, Bassler was
preparing for her retirement.
What past experiences have helped you in your
I’m a people person. In grade school, I gathered the neighborhood
kids together for talent shows. In high school, I joined every
club, was a cheerleader, worked on the yearbook and organized
social events. My house was the meeting place for outdoor
activities. To quote my father, “She was always ‘in
If the sky were the limit, where would you choose
to plan a meeting?
Milan, Italy, or Vienna, Austria. I’d love to run an event at La
Scala or the Vienna Opera House.
What are your best travel tips and road
Allow time and flexibility for the unexpected, carry very little
on board, plan outfits around the same accessories. I don’t have
any rituals, but I read and do crossword puzzles at the
Of the places you’ve visited, which are your
I love both Boston and Toronto, because they offer so much in the
arts, ethnic restaurants, water activities. They both have a
feeling of electricity in the air.
After you retire, what will you miss
I’ll miss the interaction with our membership. They are unique,
intellectual, appreciative and active. And, let’s face it, I also
will miss my friends in the industry and the perks they bestow upon
What is it like training your
She is a natural, as well as a quick study, and she will leave her
mark on AACP. My biggest problem is trying to remember to tell her
everything I know that I just take for granted.
What is the best lesson you can pass
Knowing the people is even more important than knowing the
A.D.T.ON THE MOVE
TRAVEL GROUP WORLDWIDE TAPS CLOYD
Lisa Cloyd has joined Travel Group Worldwide, a Denver-based
corporate travel, meetings and incentives company, as program
manager, meetings and incentives. Previously, Cloyd was director of
sales for Rocky Mountain Connections, a Vail, Colo.-based
destination management company.
DAVIS JOINS GREAT PERFORMANCES
Ronnie Davis has joined Great Performances, a New York City-based
off-site catering and event planning company, as managing director.
Davis most recently served as president and owner of New York
City-based Washington Street Caterers Inc., which he operated for
GLASS HIRED BY AMERICAN PAYROLL
Steven Glass, CMP, has joined the New York City-based American
Payroll Association as director of meetings and exhibits. Most
recently, Glass was the owner/operator of Glass & Associates, a
San Antonio, Texas-based meetings and conventions consulting
JOHNSON PROMOTED AT E. HARDEN &
Judy Benaroche Johnson, CMP, has been promoted to vice president
of meetings and marketing at E. Harden & Associates Inc., a
Dallas-based meeting planning firm. Johnson previously served as
Harden’s director of meetings and marketing.
SUPPLIERSRalph Behrsin was named vice president,
group and incentive sales, for the Bacara Resort & Spa, Santa
Barbara (Calif.).Janese Gray has been named sales
manager of La Casa del Zorro Desert Resort in Borrego Springs,
Calif.Tom Hemer has been appointed director
of hotel sales at the Pittsburgh City Center Hotel.Kevin McNally, CMP, has joined the
Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers as catering and convention
services manager.Matthew Owen has been hired as director
of sales for the Paramount Hotel in Portland, Ore.
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. 07094; fax:
(201) 319-1796; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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