Meetings & Conventions: People March 1998
EDITED BY CHRYSTAL INGRAM WHITE
UpClose: Stacia Gault
Making tracks: For Stacia Gault, cycling is much
more than a mode of transportation.
Stacia Gault logs about 125 miles a week on the road.
This would be no big deal if she were cruising down the Interstate
in the comfort of a sport utility vehicle, but imagine clocking
those miles uphill on a mountain bike.
"I began mountain biking four years ago," says Gault,
incentive program manager for ADI Meetings and Incentives, Inc., in
Tempe, Ariz. "I started to get more competitive with the sport
about a year into it. Now I bike with a 20-person team sponsored by
the SouthWest Bike Shop in Phoenix." But when you've got a good
rhythm going, why put the brakes on? Gault decided to enter a few
60-mile road races, too.
"I train on the bike six days a week and, in addition,
try to include three days of lifting in the gym," says Gault, whose
incentive clients include television stations, financial
institutions, insurance companies and pharmaceutical firms.
Training day-in and day-out is no sweat for the pros who make a
career of their sport. But Gault's life is bustling with activity.
This year, for instance, business will take her to such places as
London, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Hawaii and Alaska. She keeps in
shape by making sure the properties she stays in have
top-of-the-line fitness centers.
And her strenuous training has paid off. Last year,
30-year-old Gault placed in the top percentile in all her races and
placed fifth in the state in her age group. But some winning
achievements have come by way of a bumpy ride.
"I've had flat tires, broken wheels and broken pedals,"
she says matter-of-factly. "Mechanicals are a part of every race.
But [winning] is all mental," she reasons. "You just have to know
how to handle it when you fly over the bar."Planners
LAUER MOVES TO PER-SÉ
Gregg S. Lauer, CMP, is now manager of corporate events for
software company Per-Sé Technologies, a division of Medaphis
Corporation, based in Atlanta. Lauer was previously a meeting
planner at Dun & Bradstreet Software, also in
WALRAVEN JOINS BELLWETHER
Charlie Walraven is the new president of the meetings
services division for the BellWether Group, an independent meeting
planning firm in Nashville, Tenn., and Niantic, Conn. Walraven was
formerly director of convention services for the Opryland Hotel
Convention Center in Nashville.
Susan K. Dahle has joined Orlando-based
Sea World of Florida as senior manager of convention
Joe DiBenedetto has been named director
of sales and marketing for the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse
Megan Fleming has been appointed
regional director of sales and marketing-Europe and Middle East for
Conrad International Hotels, based in Beverly Hills,
Anne Hamilton-Chehab has been promoted
to director of resort sales for Lake Buena Vista, Fla.-based Walt
Disney World Resort.
Greta Lint has joined the Greensboro
(N.C.) Area Convention & Visitors Bureau as sales
Robert Prohaska has been named director
of sales for The Sutton Place Hotel in Chicago.
Elisa Putman is now event services
manager for the Nashville (Tenn.) Convention Center.
Cleo Sefton is the new sales manager for
special group markets for the Doubletree Hotel Anaheim
Karri Cecil Schildmeyer has been
promoted to national sales manager for the Greater Columbus (Ohio)
Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Shannon Simpson has been appointed
director of sales and conference planning for Suncoast Convention
Management Services, Inc., in Orlando.
Scott Spann is now food and beverage
manager for the Hayes Conference Center in San Jose,
Calif.If you would like notice of a career move
considered for inclusion in this column, contact Chrystal Ingram
White, Managing Editor,
M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus,
N.J. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: email@example.com.
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