December 01, 2000
Meetings & Conventions: People December 2000

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  Coffee With...Janine Lauff, CMP

Janine Lauff, CMP

An industry veteran, Janine Lauff has held the position of corporate meeting and event planner for 25 years at Bayer Corp.'s headquarters in Pittsburgh. She worked her way up from a secretarial position and now plans primarily for the polyurethane division of the company, which produces a wide array of products ranging from aspirin to polymers. Organizing events for a firm as large as Bayer, with 23,400 employees worldwide, Lauff says she rarely has time for herself and is thankful she has a supportive team with whom she can share experiences and advice.

What surprises people most about your job?
Everyone thinks it's glamorous with all of the travel we get to do, but it can be such a sacrifice of your personal time. People don't realize that we might be working on multiple events at once. We don't have 9-to-5 jobs. We bring our work home and even do it on weekends. You need to have the right lifestyle for it.

How do you relax outside the office?
I walk my golden retriever, Trevor. I've had him for 11 years, and I like to walk with him through the neighborhood or take him to the park. It's always a challenge figuring out what I'm going to do with him while I'm traveling.

Do you have a hobby?
I like cooking and reading. I don't have time to do much else. Right now I'm reading a book called A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote Message in a Bottle, but I haven't picked it up in a week. I like reading novels with romance and some suspense.

How do you deal with stress?
I laugh a lot. I'm pretty good at finding humor in situations. It helps me when there is too much going on, the stress level is too high and I realize I've got to take the work home or work later hours to get it done. My philosophy is to think of positive things in life.

How do you measure your success?
It gives me personal satisfaction when I receive thank-yous after I've been able to save money or find reduced rates for my company's travel. I hate public recognition. I'd rather be thanked privately, because it's more sincere.• LINDSAY MORRIS

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Laurie Tritsch, CMP, has been named professional meeting planner at the McLean, Va.-based Association Management Group. In her new post, she will direct meetings for the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. Tritsch has 17 years of planning experience at organizations including Conferon, the American Geophysical Union and the Environmental Industries Association.

Randy Wertheimer has been promoted to partner at Star Trax Corporate Events. He was previously director of the Southfield, Mich.-based meeting and event management firm, where he has been employed since 1993. In addition to overseeing new business development, Wertheimer will continue to plan meetings and events for Home Depot, Sun Microsystems and other clients.

  • Holly Gandras-Smith has been promoted to director of national sales for Loews Hotels' Los Angeles sales office.
  • Michael Holt has been appointed director of sales at ExpoExchange in Atlanta.
  • Peter Jubb has been named vice president of sales for, based in Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Mark Marino has been appointed director, incentive market development, for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in Chicago.
  • Rebeccanne Meyer has been named director of convention services at the Grand Rapids/Kent County (Mich.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Randy Miller has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for Universal Orlando, the parent company of Universal theme parks and hotels.
  • Roxy Stone has been named director of sales at the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.
  • Mark Theis was promoted to vice presidentconvention division at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Michael A. Valentino has been appointed national sales manager at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Jennifer Philburn, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:
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