Meetings & Conventions: PeopleFebruary 2000
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee WITH... Pat Stemple, CMP
Pat Stemple, CMP, is manager, meeting planning and travel
services, for Kellogg Co. in Battle Creek, Mich. She currently is
serving as president of the Society of Corporate Meeting
Professionals and has worked in the meetings industry for nearly 22
When you became a planner, what surprised you
most about the job?
The fact that in order to be a great meeting professional, you
need to know how to be a poor one. A planner has to anticipate
everything that could go wrong. The measure of a meeting’s success
is how you recover from mistakes and whether they were transparent
to the attendees.
What are the benefits of joining a small
Belonging to a small organization like SCMP offers an easier
opportunity for networking. The real value, however, comes from the
fact that planners have a chance to network with their partners in
hotel convention services. Our members are anxious to share their
knowledge with industry peers and always demonstrate a sense of
pride in the fact that they are part of the meetings
What are your least favorite things about
I always have to have choices when I travel, so I inevitably take
too many clothes. Despite this, I still seem to pack the wrong
ones. Not being able to take my pets along worries me. I have two
cats, Tips and Smokey, and a dog, Mocha. All three, plus my
husband, Tim, want to sleep with me. So, on the road, a king-size
bed feels very empty.
What destination would be your vacation
Any island, mountain or oceanside destination. I need peaceful
surroundings no clocks, no deadlines and few schedules to renew my
energy. Time spent quietly, bringing balance back into my life, is
a rare and precious commodity.
What’s your favorite cereal?
I fell for the commercials about thin ankles, so I ate Special K.
Now, I’ve fallen for the idea that it doesn’t matter, so I still
eat Special K. I tend to stay with products that promote health and
add vitamins and minerals to my diet. A meeting professional’s diet
needs all the fortification it can get.
A.D.T.ON THE MOVE
ALTER JOINS THE AMERICAN SYMPHONY
Stephen H. Alter is the new meetings manager for the American
Symphony Orchestra League, based in New York City. Before joining
the organization, Alter was a meeting planner for the Institute for
International Research, also in New York City.
CONFERENCEDIRECT BRINGS BIEDEBACH ON
Beckie Biedebach, a 16-year veteran of Hilton Hotels Corp.’s Los
Angeles national sales office, has joined ConferenceDirect, a Los
Angeles-based meeting planning firm, as assistant vice president of
BINFORD NAMED MANAGING DIRECTOR AT
Conferon, a meeting planning firm based in Twinsburg, Ohio, has
appointed Rick Binford, CMP, managing director of sales. Binford
previously served as an independent business development consultant
for the meetings industry, and as president and CEO of the Detroit
Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.
PLANNET HIRES MACK AS ASSOCIATE
Micki Mack has joined PlanNet, a McLean, Va.-based full- service
meetings management corporation, as associate director of meetings
and conference solutions. Mack comes to PlanNet after more than two
years as conference planning manager for Lansdowne Resort in
SUPPLIERSJoseph Gaeta has been promoted to
director of conference services at The Garden City (N.Y.)
Hotel.Christie Hicks has been named vice
president, global salesNorth America for Starwood Hotels &
Resorts, based in White Plains, N.Y.Nancy Lyonhas been appointed director
of conference services and catering, and Bruce Seigel has been
named director of sales and marketing for the Ritz-Carlton, St.
Louis.Ann H. Walker has been appointed
executive director of sales for The Greenbrier in White Sulphur
If you would like notice of a career move considered
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Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax:
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