Meetings & Conventions: People December 1998
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With...Brian Knapp
Brian Knapp is vice president of the International
Meeting Network, an Arlington, Va., meetings management firm
specializing in site selection and contract negotiations. He
started 10 years ago when the president, a relative, asked him to
join. Before that, Knapp had been a bartender, realtor, and
salesman of computer systems and rock ’n’ roll memorabilia but not
all at the same time.
What song is like meeting planning?
“Helter Skelter” by The Beatles.
Who was your favorite of the Fab Four, and what
kind of banquet would you plan for him?
Paul McCartney. I would set an event to celebrate his career, like
a roast, have some fun with him. I’d invite 200 of his closest
friends as well as music industry professionals.
How do you like to spend your
Low-key. I like to go antiquing and maybe stay at bed and
Do you look for any particular
Primitive Americana furniture and rock ’n’ roll memorabilia. I’ve
got one of the largest Led Zeppelin collections, including stage
outfits, gold records, contracts and tickets.
Your coup d’état of the collection?
Jimmy Page’s Knebworth Festival T-shirt that he wore in front of a
quarter million people for two concerts in August 1979.
If you could eschew one meeting planning
I would pass off contract negotiating, even though it’s about 99
percent of the business. It’s getting tougher and tougher to do the
job because it’s getting harder to satisfy clients.
BURCH NAMED VP AT IMPACT
Marilyn Burch, exhibition veteran of more than 10 years, has been
named vice president of international business development at
Dayton, N.J.-based Impact Unlimited, an events and exhibits
marketing company. She was previously a senior account manager for
PICO U.S.A. and its museum design firm, Toshihiko Sakow Associates
in Norwood, N.J.
HUDSON NEW MANAGER AT EXHIBITOR
The Exhibitor Magazine Group of Rochester, Minn., has named Carol
Hudson its new conference marketing manager. Most recently, Hudson
served as director of marketing for Petroleum Information/Dwights,
based in Richardson, Texas.
SUPPLIERSBonnie Brownell is the new
corporate/convention sales manager at Church Street Station in
Orlando.David C. Fine has been named vice
president of sales and revenue at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in
Miami.Brian Manoogian has been named vice
president and managing director of the Washington, D.C., national
sales and marketing office for GES Exposition
Services.Mary Rispoli is the new director of
sales at the Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin resort in Lake
Buena Vista, Fla.Susan Scherer has been named director
of group sales at the Metropolitan Detroit (Mich.) Convention &
Visitors Bureau.Anthony Schopp has been appointed the
new president of the Savannah Convention and Visitors
Bureau.Valerie Spencer has accepted the
position of event services manager with the Orange County (Fla.)
Convention Center.Rhonda Stone is now executive director
of convention sales and services at the Greater Houston (Texas)
Convention and Visitors Bureau.Terri Varisco has been promoted to
director of sales at the Buena Vista (Fla.) Palace Resort & Spa
in the Walt Disney World Resort at Downtown Disney.
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. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796;
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