December 01, 2001
Meetings & Conventions: People December 2001

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December 2001 People

Edited by Terence Baker

  Coffee With...Mary E. Collins

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 harmed.

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.


Grey Separator LineON 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 department
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.

  • Darrell 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:
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