Meetings & Conventions: People December 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Juliet L. Harding
Juliet L. Harding is director, marketing/meeting planning
for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, based in
Alexandria, Va. She has been a planner for the organization for 12
years. Harding recently joined a few fellow bus passengers in a
spontaneous rendition of Aretha Franklin's "Say a Little
You've got a great singing voice. Have you always
been a musical person?
I learned to sing in my church choir when I was 6 years old. Now,
I love going to karaoke bars. I've always loved music Kenny Rogers,
Babyface, Gladys Knight and I will walk 10 miles for some John Tesh
concert tickets. Kenny, too. Oh, I can't decide who I like
The average age of your attendees is 76. With
that in mind, who would be your dream speaker?
I would have to say Bill Cosby. He wouldn't be too "out there" for
them and would be wonderfully sensitive to that age group. I think
they would really enjoy his comedy.
What aspect of your job do you find most
I love working with our members and with the people in the
meetings industry. The association members who I plan for retired
civil servants are good, decent, hard-working people, and I learn
so much from them. They really have strived to make life in America
better. Older people have so many life experiences; it just makes
you just sit back in awe. They are so knowledgeable about so many
What's the most important thing you have learned
on the job?
No one is perfect. Mistakes will happen. Keep on smiling because
this, too, shall pass.
What was your college major?
Business administration. When I started at the association, I was
the purchasing manager. Six months before our national convention,
the meeting planner quit. the president decided that I was the one
for the job, and the rest is history.
If you could change careers, what would you
Truthfully? I've always wanted to be a waitress, but I am afraid I
would drop something.
A.D.T.ON THE MOVE
KELLERMAN, CMP, JOINS PHOENIX FIRM
Katherine Christensen & Associates Inc., a Phoenix-based
planning and association management firm, has hired Janis
Kellerman, CMP, as a conference planner. Kellerman previously
managed conferences for Eclipsys Corp., also in Phoenix. She has
been a planner for more than a decade.
KIGHTLINGER NEW ON STAFF AT PLANNET
Laurie Kightlinger has been hired as director of meetings and
conference solutions at PlanNet, a meetings management firm in
McLean, Va. Kightlinger previously was director of conference
services at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. She has 10 years of
experience in the industry.
AMERICAN GEOPHYSICAL UNION HIRES SINGER,
Ann E. Singer, CMP, has joined the American Geophysical Union,
based in Washington, D.C., as meetings manager. Previously, Singer
served as director of meetings for the American School Food Service
Association in Alexandria, Va. She has 13 years of meeting planning
STIDINGER TAPPED BY FLA.-BASED
Stephen Stidinger was named director of events planning and
management by the Fort Myers, Fla.-based Association for Services
Management International. For the past 22 years, he was director of
meetings and publications at the American Association of Mental
Retardation in Washington, D.C.
SUPPLIERSHeidi Bergos has been named director of
sales for the Westin Westminster in Westminster, Colo., scheduled
to open in March 2000.Al Eastman has been named director of
marketing for The Regal Cincinnati Hotel.Cheryl Gordon has been appointed
director of marketing and operations for the Wildwoods Convention
Center in Wildwood, N.J.Ken Slattery has been appointed
national sales manager at the Washington, D.C. Convention and
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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