Meetings & Conventions: People November 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Ed Simeone, CMP
Ed Simeone, CMP, spent three years as manager of
worldwide events for EMC Corp. in Hopkinton, Mass., after learning
the meetings trade during 17 years at now-defunct Digital Equipment
Corp. He started a new job in August, working out of his Nashua,
N.H., home as executive producer of meetings and events for
Webster, N.Y.-based Fusion Productions. Simeone also is chairman of
the board for Dallas-based Meeting Professionals
What was your first job?
When I was 13, I was a janitor at a religious school for $1 an
hour. Sometimes, when no one was looking, I'd let go of the floor
polisher and let it run around the room.
How do you like to reward yourself for a job well
Banana splits for everyone, especially me! But the feeling of
success can be so fleeting. This industry is so much like theater.
You never know whether the next script is going to be any good. You
have to prove yourself again and again.
If you could change professions, what would you
I would be an actor and director. My goal would be to find a
little theater in Maine that I could run year-round. We would put
on musical comedies, and I'd be the comic lead in every
What is your favorite part in a musical
Ko-Ko in The Mikado, because of the wonderful music. I
did the show in the eighth grade, and I remember every line and
What books are you reading?
I just finished The Big Picture and The Job, two
novels by Doug Kennedy, who went to school with me. He used my last
name for one of his characters; how many Simeones could he know in
his career? I'm also reading Walden by
You have said you are looking for balance. Can
you find it?
It plagues me constantly. What is the right balance of work,
family and self? I try to schedule my work as efficiently as
possible to get home for a game or to my family. At this point in
my life, the self is short-changed. I need to start saying "no"
SARAH J.F. BRALEYON THE MOVE
MEETINGMAKERS ANNOUNCES APPOINTMENTS
Woburn, Mass.-based MeetingMakers, a meeting planning and
management company, named Chris MacDuff director, national sales,
for the greater Los Angeles area. McDuff previously was sales
manager at the Four Seasons Hotel in Newport Beach, Calif. Also,
Brian Young is MeetingMakers' new director, national sales, for the
New York/New Jersey area. He comes to the firm after 10 years in
the insurance industry.
BENNETT NEW ON STAFF AT
Marian Bennett is the new national accounts manager at
ConferenceDirect, a meeting planning firm in Phoenix. She had been
national sales manager at The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix.
FOREHAND NAMED MEETINGS, EXHIBITS
The Texas Bankers Association in Austin has named Mel Forehand,
CMP, meetings and exhibits manager. Forehand previously served as
director of expo operations at the Texas Restaurant Association,
also in Austin.
SUMNER HEADS SALES AT BRAVO
Bravo Productions, a Long Beach, Calif.-based event planning and
production company, has appointed Jason Sumner director of sales.
He formerly was sales manager at Hornblower Cruises & Events,
in its Marina del Rey, Calif., office.
SUPPLIERSNick Haitos has been named director of
resort sales and marketing for Hershey Entertainment and Resorts
Co. in Hershey, Pa. He most recently served as director of
sales.Michael Lee is the new director of
sales and marketing at the Westin Maui in Lahaina,
Hawaii.Cynthia Pritchard has been named
catering sales manager at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort in
Huntington Beach, Calif.Devon Walter has joined the Sheraton El
Conquistador Resort and Country Club in Tucson, Ariz., as director
of catering and convention services.
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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