December 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: People December 2002

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December 2002

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With...Ann E. Singer, CMP, CAE

Ann E. Singer, CMP, CAE

Ann E. Singer, CMP, CAE, is meetings manager for the Washington, D.C.-based American Geophysical Union ( She has 20 years of experience in the meetings business.

What does the AGU do? It pulls together all the different sciences above, on and in the earth. Our big fall meeting in San Francisco attracts up to 10,000 scientists in different disciplines from all over the world. During the five days, they discuss scientific data and keep an eye on who is getting grant funding and for what projects.

Is it necessary for you to understand science? Thankfully, no. My background is in art history. Even when I ask for an explanation, the scientists rarely are able to get the gist of their ideas down to a layman’s level. A committee of scientists arranges the content side of my meetings I organize about 10 a year. The same people also act as a buffer against my members moaning to me about their noninclusion on any agenda.

You must meet some very bright people. Yes. The biggest agenda problem is getting so many submitted lectures and abstracts into just a few days. I also like the international nature of the job and the chance to travel. In April we were in New Zealand.

How do you relax? My husband and I have a tandem bike, and every year we bring it along for our three-week vacation. Last year we cycled in Ontario and Québec.

What do you see in your future? I just passed my CAE exam, which will allow me to perhaps one day become an executive director of an association. People are saying the exam is getting more difficult, so I am very proud of having passed it.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Rodnick hired by Meetings Management Group
Stephanie Rodnick has joined Tyson’s Corner, Va.-based Meetings Management Group, a division of the Association Management Group, as meetings manager. Previously, Rodnick was with the Opal Financial Group in New York City.

Brannon establishes a new planning company
Sheryl Brannon, CMP, formed Washington, D.C.-based Strategic Partnerships International, a meeting and event planning company targeting minority groups, in September. She previously was director of meetings at Caribbean Latin American Action, an association promoting economic development in the Caribbean and Latin America.


Promotion, not detention, for Kappenhagen

  • Terry Clark has joined the 302-room Fairmont Miramar in Santa Monica, Calif., as sales manager, Midwest, Southeast and incentives. The hotel also has named Julie Shkolnik, sales manager, business travel, and Jessica Sindoni, sales manager, small meetings.
  • Nicola Cunich has been appointed director of sales at the Sydney Convention & Visitors Bureau in Australia.
  • Jeremy Kirsch has joined the 415-room Monarch Hotel in Washington, D.C., as corporate sales manager.
  • Mya Lake Reyes has joined the 5,034-room MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas as sales and communications manager.
  • Eldridge Mayor-Parry has been promoted to director of sales, Western and Central region, USA, for Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. She will be based in Los Angeles.
  • Robert McPherrin has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for the 1,510-room Gaylord Opryland Texas Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, which opens in April 2004.
  • Ileana Rousseau has been named director of sales for the 471-room St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. The hotel opens in early 2003; Rousseau is based in Florida.
  • 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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