Meetings & Conventions: People October 2001
Edited by Terence Baker
Coffee With...Jane McKinney
Jane McKinney is a program administrator for the Pacific
Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., operated by
Battelle, a nonprofit research trust. Her responsibilities include
coordinating the annual ARM Science Team Meeting, a gathering of
international scientists. In her travels, McKinney also buys items
that she resells in the company store.
How did the company store get started?
Some 30 years ago, Battelle staff wanted the opportunity to buy
company logo clothing. The Battelle Staff Association responded by
offering T-shirts, polo shirts and caps. As time passed, employees
began to request other products. Today, we have a “store without
walls” run by a volunteer staff member. I am now in charge of
searching for a larger selection of items. All profits are
reinvested in the program.
What do you like least about traveling?
Returning to work and trying to catch up on missed time at the
office. It seems like it takes two or more days just to read and
respond to e-mail and phone messages.
If you could change your profession, what would
your new job be? I would like to be an independent
organizer, providing a wide range of organizational services
relating to home, business and special events.
What past experiences help you in your present
position? From the time I was in high school, I have
worked on charity and community events, school fund-raisers and
corporate social events. My responsibilities have ranged from
generating financial support, planning ad campaigns, hosting trips,
managing budgets and more. All of these experiences have served as
building blocks for the skills required in my current
• SARAH J.F. BRALEYON THE MOVE
California Transit Association hires
Kathy Bowman has joined the Sacramento-based California Transit
Association as director of member services, with responsibility for
planning meetings. Previously, Bowman served for more than 15 years
as a conference specialist at the League of California
Milam joins TSEASUPPLIERSJoe Cestare has been appointed senior
convention service manager at the Opryland Hotel Florida, which
opens in February 2002.Bill Dent has been named national sales
manager at the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Joanne Devine has been appointed national
sales manager, Northeast region, for Adam’s Mark Hotels &
Resorts. She is now based in Washington, D.C.Jim Lewis has been hired as director of trade
show and association sales for Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s
new convention center, set to open next summer.Gina Marcello has been appointed director of
sales and marketing at the Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut
Grove, which opens in spring 2002.Marcelle McCullough has been named national
sales manager at PRA Destination Management, Orange County, in
Costa Mesa, Calif.Victoria Pagan-McWey has been appointed
director of sales at the Radisson Barceló Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Elizabeth Hall has been named food and beverage manager at the
hotel.Eric Williams has been named senior convention
sales manager at the Greater Miami Convention & 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
Jennifer Milam has been appointed education and meetings director
at the Springfield, Va.-based Trade Show Exhibitors Association.
Milam most recently was with Lyon Metal Products in Chicago, where
she was responsible for trade show marketing, events and meetings.
TSEA is moving its headquarters to Chicago later this
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