October 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: People October 2003

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October 2003

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With... Judi London

Judi LondonJudi London is executive director of the Camden (N.J.) Waterfront Marketing Bureau as well as president of the South Jersey Tourism Corp., which was launched last month with the goal of promoting tourism, meetings and conventions to southern New Jersey.

How do you define SJTC’s mission? To organize, manage and market the tourism assets of the area between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. The New Jersey counties in that region want to capitalize on the drive-through traffic, so our first role will be to establish what we have to offer.

What are your key challenges in Camden? We continually fight against the public’s image of the city, despite recent redevelopment. I started the Camden bureau when the only thing there was the aquarium. Now there is an amphitheater, a minor-league baseball stadium, parkland and the U.S.S. New Jersey battleship. New projects include an IMAX theater and several restaurants.

What is most satisfying about your job? I have to deal with many forms of government counties, townships, etc. and it is really satisfying to see everyone reaching out and saying they need our help and outlining how they can benefit the area. Changing people’s perceptions, which we are doing, is very rewarding.

Do you have any spare time? I have two children, and my spare time is spent with them. My son, age 13, plays hockey; my daughter, who is 16, has begun looking at colleges for a career in education. She also has studied marketing, so maybe she’ll follow in my footsteps.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Newman hired by National Retail Federation
Susan Newman has joined the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation as vice president of conferences. She is responsible for the association’s annual convention, among other events. Previously, Newman was director of conferences and trade shows at Potomac, Md.-based PBI Media LLC.

  • Luann August has been named director of convention sales at the Metropolitan Tucson (Ariz.) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Also, Alisha Jackson has been hired as a national sales manager, with responsibility for the West Coast.
  • Ian Fardy has been hired by the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau as a sales manager, concentrating on Washington, D.C., accounts.
  • Kelly Gleeson Smith has joined the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau as sales director for the convention market. She is based in Washington, D.C.
  • Anne Hamilton-Chehab has been promoted to the position of vice president, resort sales and services, for Walt Disney Parks & Resorts in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
  • Gay Haynes recently joined the 504-room Hilton Atlanta Airport as director of sales and marketing.
  • James Keaveny has been named director of sales and marketing at the 811-room Hyatt Regency DFW at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
  • Wendy Loranzo has been appointed associate sales manager at Hershey Resorts in Hershey, Pa.
  • Julie Morrison has been named director of sales and marketing at the 236-room Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour in Victoria, British Columbia. The hotel opens in spring 2004.
  • Craig Smith has been named been director of sales and marketing at the 402-room Radisson Plaza Hotel Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Convention Center.
  • Katie Warburton has been promoted to associate director of sales, a new position at the 800-room Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Terence Baker, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: terence_baker@ntmllc.com
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