November 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: People November 2002

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November 2002

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With...Deborah Brice, CMP

Deborah Brice, CMP

Deborah Brice, CMP, is the meetings manager for the National League of Cities (, a Washington, D.C.-based association of municipal officials from 1,700 cities across the United States.

How did you reach your current position? I was working as an executive assistant for the Washington, D.C.-based American Association on Intellectual Disabilities; unofficially, I had done some planning already, but the more I did, the more I knew it was my calling. It is a wonderful profession. I get great satisfaction putting things together and having people enjoy what I plan. Another side of it is that although conventions and meetings have basic organizational steps, your creativity and ideas are what take the event where you want it to go.

What are some of the larger events you organize? Our annual convention held in December takes up most of my time. This year it is in Salt Lake City, and we expect 9,000 members. The other main event is an education seminar on government legislation, which always is held in March in Washington, D.C. I love planning these events, but I am not so keen on doing all the paperwork afterward.

What events have you been most proud of? Every year I help organize our Undoing Racism Day, which is held and recognized through the country. In addition, we increasingly are concerned with security issues, what the association terms “hometown security.” There is a great deal of networking between cities regarding the topic; I think this sharing reflects the spirit of the present age.

How do you spend your free time? Planning events. I do volunteer work for my church and organize a community carnival in my home town. I also enjoy volleyball, which I play wherever anyone throws up a net.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Potter starts at Benchmarc360°
Eddie Potter, CMP, has been named vice president of the Association Management Services division of Benchmarc360°, a conference, meetings and events management company based in Norcross, Ga. In addition, Potter is the president-elect of the Georgia chapter of Meeting Professionals International and will officially assume his duties in July 2003.

Caporale joins new planning company
Carmel Rose Caporale, CMP, has joined Swarthmore, Pa.-based Lead Dog Inc., a conference, meetings and special-events company, as partner and director of meeting services. Previously, she was with Blue Bell, Pa.-based Meetings & More, which recently merged with Lead Dog.


Promotion, not detention, for Kappenhagen

  • Jim Kappenhagen, CMP, has been promoted to assistant director of professional development at the Westerville, Ohio-based National Middle School Association. Previously, his title was meeting manager.Suppliers
  • Francis W. Purvey has joined the 297-room Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as director of sales and marketing.
  • Richard Lebowitz has been named regional director of sales, Eastern Region, for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts. He is based in New York City.
  • The San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau recently named four additions to its convention division: Lennie Spencer, national sales manager, convention center accounts; Ernie Garcia, senior corporate & incentive sales manager, convention center accounts; and Hal Gayden and Matthew Lewis as national sales managers. Also, Soma Kim was promoted to regional director of sales.
  • Karin Salinas has been named director of sales and marketing at the 205-room Ritz-Carlton Santiago, which opens in Santiago, Chile, in early 2003.
  • 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:
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