December 01, 1997
Meetings & Conventions: People December 1997 Current Issue
December 1997


Npeople.gif (24576 bytes) Fashion statement: Carolyn Miner, CMP, adorns friends and family with her handmade jewelry.

Some do yoga, others read romance novels, but for Carolyn Miner, CMP, the antidote to job stress is jewelry-making. "After being so consumed by a meeting, you have to find a way to relax," says Miner, president of C.K. Miner & Associates, an independent meeting planning company in Westborough, Mass

When needlepoint as a pastime had run it's course, Miner explored other hands-on crafts and was drawn to jewelry-making about 12 years ago. In addition to original creations, she recycles costume and antique jewelry into contemporary wearable art. "My pieces are versatile," notes Miner, who works with a thermal resin material that is melted and molded. "My pins have loops so they can be converted into necklaces." And she's quick to draw similarities to meeting planning: "Planners have to adapt to new clients, not to mention respond to surprises on meeting day. My jewelry is an extension of that versatility; I can work with whatever is put in front of me."

Some of Miner's works are sold, some she gives away, and what's left would still overflow a treasure chest. Her solution is to participate twice a year in a juried craft show that benefits local charities. "I don't work with silver, gold or other precious metals, so it's an honor to show my work alongside such talented artists who have mastered these media," says Miner, a past president of the New England chapter of Meeting Professionals International.

Behind every piece of art lies an untold story. "My husband always knows how a meeting went by the kind of jewelry I make," says Miner. "If it's soft and flowery, he knows the meeting went well. One time, I made a piece of jewelry into a Medusa head. He knew not to ask."


Joan Dickson is the new manager of meetings and conventions for Washington, D.C.-based TCI Companies, a full-service meeting and event company with satellite offices in Charlotte, Atlanta and New York City. Dickson was formerly a partner with Washington, D.C.-based Dickson Associates Public Relations and a planner for the Dunn Loring, Va.-based National Pest Control Association.

Linda Jaco has been named education and conference coordinator of the Trade Show Exhibitors Association. Jacko formerly worked with several volunteer organizations, including the United Way, planning fund-raising events.


Kent Anderson has been appointed director of food and beverage for the Hilton at Cherry Hill (N.J.); Todd Gabello has been named director of catering for the hotel. Rebecca Copeland has been named director of sales and marketing for the Chicago-based G/M! Productions, Inc. Dennis D. Edwards is now vice president of sales and marketing for the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Dawn Seay is the new convention sales director. Jeff Feinberg has been named vice president of corporate events for Roberts Event Group, Inc., a full-service event production and management company based in Elkins Park, Pa. Brian Ivey has been named national sales manager for the Nashville Convention Center. Mark Major has joined the staff of Radisson Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, Bahamas, as sales and convention manager. Julie Morgan has joined the ANA Hotel in Washington, D.C., as catering manager; Kristine Wilcox is the new conference services manager for the hotel. Paul Nakamoto is now the travel sales manager for the San Jose (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau, dedicated to group business.

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