January 01, 2000
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  Coffee With&Mary B. Bassler

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 career?
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 charge.’”

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 rituals?
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 airport.

Of the places you’ve visited, which are your favorites?
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 most?
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 me.

What is it like training your replacement?
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 along?
Knowing the people is even more important than knowing the business.


Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


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.

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 18 years.

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 company.

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.


  • Ralph 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: ateitler@cahners.com.

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