Meetings & Conventions: People October 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Carol R.Teja
Carol R. Teja, CMP, CAE, holds the title of director of
meetings and programs for the Atlanta-based Total Association
Management Services, which plans domestic and international
meetings for seven national, nonprofit associations. Attendance
typically ranges from fewer than 100 to 500. She has been in
meeting planning for eight years.
Where are you from originally?
I'm English born and bred, American by choice. In 1980, my husband
and two young children came to Delaware on a one-year
teaching-exchange [program]. After the year was over, we piled our
belongings into a Plymouth Fury and drove the Oregon Trail for
three months, visiting all of the places we'd grown up with through
American TV. Within three years, we had returned [to the United
States] and were living in Atlanta.
Where would your ideal meeting be
I've always said that if I were given an open checkbook, I
wouldn't know what to do with it. The association meetings are high
in educational content but frugal with the frills. From a selfish
angle, I'd like to take a group to London.
Describe the perfect attendee.
One who knows the value of the registration dollar, attends as
many sessions as he or she can and completes the evaluation
How do you reward yourself after a big
If it's possible to stay and see something of the city, that's
a bonus. Otherwise, my garden is always happy to have me
What do you like best about the
People. The unpredictability of each day. The adrenaline rush when
everything is going great. The sometimes comical situations that
arise and the out-of-the-box solutions to fix them. The continuous
learning curve. The tales to tell. More people.
What was the last book you read?
I find an author I like and end up reading all his or her books.
My current favorite is Maeve Binchy. I pick up books for 50 cents
at garage sales and leave them, or pass them on wherever I am when
I finish. I've always got a book in progress, and I must read at
least a few pages before falling asleep.
What's your favorite guilty
Staying in places I never dreamed of visiting. Wondering what my
husband is eating back at home.
A.D.T.ON THE MOVE
LIVELY NAMED DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL
Jill Lively, CMP, has been named director of special events at
Corporate and Convention Services Inc., a DMC in Houston. Lively
comes to CCS after 10 years in various positions with Hyatt Corp.
in both Texas and Connecticut.
STRUNSKY NEW MARKETING MANAGER AT
ProVision Resources Inc., an event-planning firm in San Francisco,
named L.J. Strunsky sales and marketing manager. Strunsky had been
the director of marketing and sales for the San Francisco
Giftcenter Pavilion, a special events venue.
SUPPLIERSTrinity Enright has been named senior
sales manager at the Lenox Inn Buckhead in Atlanta.Karen Groom has been promoted to vice
president of marketing of Gaylord Entertainment's Opryland
Hospitality Group in Nashville.Nicki Keenan has been hired as director
of sales and marketing for The Woodlands Resort & Conference
Center in The Woodlands, Texas.Kevin Kobishop has been appointed vice
president of catering and convention services for Wyndham Hotels
& Resorts in Dallas.Jeff Mitchell has joined the
Gainesville (Ga.) Hall County Convention & Visitors Bureau as
director of sales. Lyn Thompson-Colter has joined as director of
marketing and membership.Scott McAlister is the new director of
marketing for the Doubletree Hotel at Tyson's Corner in Falls
Church, Va.Rob Henderson has been named director
of sales at the Vail (Colo.) Cascade Hotel & Club. Tom
O'Conor is the property's new group sales
manager.Tod Peddie has been named director of
convention sales for the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Javier F. Santana is the new
international meetings and incentive sales and marketing manager
for the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors
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: email@example.com.
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