Meetings & Conventions: People December 2001
Edited by Terence Baker
Coffee With...Mary E. Collins
Mary E. Collins is senior meeting and event planner for
StorageTek, a data-retrieval company based in Louisville, Colo.
Since Sept. 11, the company has been inundated with calls to set up
data-retrieval and disaster-management systems. Collins is one of
five planners arranging up to 250 meetings a year that range in
size from 10 attendees to 1,200.
How did you get into planning? After
college I worked on a cruise ship arranging shore excursions. Then
I moved to Denver, where I worked for an incentive company. It was
while there that I learned the attention to detail that is needed
in this line of work. That company had links with StorageTek. I was
actually loaned out to them for a while before starting full time
five years ago.
How have recent events affected your
business? We’ve had lots of calls about our products. If
businesses did not think data storage was important before Sept.
11, they certainly do now. We also have an office right by the
World Trade Center in New York City. Luckily, no one from it was
Are you a Colorado native? Actually, we
lived in Chicago when I was a child, and during a business trip to
Colorado my father called my mother and said, “Pack up the kids.
We’re going to live in Colorado.” We came here three months later.
On another trip, to Australia, he expressed the same opinion, but
my mother put her foot down that time.
What would you do if not planning? I am
a history major, so I would love to work for a museum. I have also
taught history. My husband teaches history to eighth-grade
students. I think one teacher in the family is enough after all,
someone has to make some money.
T.B.ON THE MOVE
HSMAI hires Davis-Brody for gala
Adrienne Davis-Brody has been appointed project manager at the
Washington, D.C.-based Hospitality Sales & Marketing
Association International. Her primary responsibility will be to
plan the association’s annual gala. Previously, Davis-Brody was
senior vice president of marketing for Vacation Outlet/National
Leisure Group. She is based in Boston.
Hartland heads up new departmentSUPPLIERSDarrell Baker has been named vice president,
event services, at the IDG World Expo, a Framingham, Mass.-based
producer of information-technology trade shows.John Buschman , has joined Posadas Hotel Group
as director of meeting and incentive sales. Buschman is based in
Dallas.Emily Gooding and Yolanda
Hartley ,have been promoted at the Bell Harbor
International Conference Center in Seattle. Gooding is now
assistant director of event planning, while Hartley’s new role is
assistant director of sales.Paul Miller has joined the Nashville
Convention & Visitors Bureau as director of convention sales.
Miller comes to Tennessee after three years at the San Francisco
CVB.Jeffrey W. Poole and Ann
Wubbena both have been appointed directors of regional
sales for the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Poole
covers the Mid-Atlantic region, while Wubbena oversees the
Northeast.Patricia A. Rand has been promoted to director
of marketing and sales at the Georgia World Congress Center in
Atlanta.Dan Tavrytzky has been named director of sales
at the 750-room Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, to open in
Phoenix. Ariz., 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carrie Hartland has been promoted to meetings and events planner at
Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne Corp.’s recently created meetings
department. Her former position at the company, which produces
plastics, inks, vinyls and rubber materials, was as a travel
coordinator in its Winchester, Va., office.
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