Meetings & Conventions: People January 2002
By Terence Baker
Coffee With...Carol Lewis
Carol Lewis is president of C. Lewis Consulting Inc., a
corporate event management company in Troy, Mich. Lewis also
started a social-event division last May. Among the clients she and
her team of five have planned for are BASF Corp., Compaq Computers
and General Motors.
When did you start your company? Eight
years ago. Before that I was the executive director for the
American Cancer Society. Working for a nonprofit is a perfect way
to start a planning career, as small budgets demand that you be
creative. Also, you have to fight for every dollar.
Has business been tough of late? The
number of events being planned dropped off immediately after Sept.
11, but it is steadily picking up. I have worked in this business
for 20 years, and I have seen many ups and downs.
Does any event you planned stand out? We
recently organized a “Race and Recuperation” event in Las Vegas for
American Honda. We designed a piece of highway that entered into a
ballroom containing video racing games and relaxation areas that
mirrored places in the world where Honda has staged events. For
example, a Japanese area had fountains and calming massage
How do you relax after an event? I am a
big fan of mountain biking, but in my part of Michigan it is rather
flat. What I really need is a winter home, in a place such as
Colorado, where the cycling is more demanding.
Any advice for new planners? Always keep
improving and learning. Even though there is less money for events
right now, the need for hospitality will not disappear, as events
equal relationships, and relationships equal clients.ON THE MOVE
MPI appoints Taylor to show management
Anne-Marie Taylor has been named director of strategic events and
travel services at Dallas-based Meeting Professionals
International. Among her duties will be organizing MPI’s trade
shows. Before coming to MPI, Taylor was manager of corporate
meetings at Dr Pepper/Seven Up Inc.
Talbert joins Computer Systems
ManagementSUPPLIERSLinda Berardi has been appointed director of
corporate sales, meetings, incentives, conventions and expositions
at Radisson SAS Hotels & Resorts. Berardi will be based in
Manalapan, N.J.Susan Beyer has joined the 395-room Hilton DFW
Lakes Executive Conference Center as director, sales and
marketing.Shelley Bunce has been named director of
convention sales at the San Antonio Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Ronald Davis has been named senior vice
president of sales at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
Authority.Kelly Hopkins and Pamela Vitrano-Buie have new
positions at the 500-room Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans.
Hopkins has been named sales manager, while Vitrano-Buie has moved
up to associate director of sales.John Klingle has been appointed director of
sales and marketing at the 322-room Millennium Hotel
Minneapolis.Richard Lesman has joined Vail Resorts, based
in Vail, Colo., as vice president of sales.Beverly Moore has been named executive
director of the newly formed Marina del Rey (Calif.) Convention and
Visitors Bureau.If you would like notice of a career
move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Jennifer
Philburn, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J.
07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: email@example.com
Alexandria, Va.-based Computer Systems Management Inc. has hired
Andy Talbert as program analyst, community outreach, for the
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Talbert’s roles will
include planning conferences, events, meetings and trade shows. He
previously was owner of a planning firm, Creative Events Concepts,
in Gaithersburg, Md.
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