Meetings & Conventions: People March 2000
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With... Emily Mathews
Emily Mathews, seminar coordinator for the National
Alliance for Insurance Education & Research in Austin, Texas,
organizes about 50 meetings and seminars annually. She has been
planning meetings for almost seven years.
If you could pass off one meeting planning
responsibility, what would it be and why?
Packing my supply boxes. It's bad enough packing a suitcase;
packing supplies and educational materials is pure drudgery.
Unfortunately, I'm too much of a control freak to let anyone else
What advice would you have for someone just about
to start his or her career in planning?
Check your ego at the door. You are not above jumping in your
rental car and picking up an instructor, or anyone relevant to your
event, at the airport. I have met planners who won't do any grunt
work. I don't know how they keep their jobs.
If the sky were the limit, how would you reward
yourself for a meeting well done?
My current method is taking a Dramamine and sleeping on the flight
home. I would like a day off right after the meeting. If I planned
vacation days better, this fantasy could become
What was your very first job?
Baby-sitting. Actually, I was very in demand. That is sort of
where I got my start. I had to plan meals and activities, didn't
How do you deal with the stresses of your
Truthfully, my co-workers help take the edge off. I also work out,
nap, and there is nothing in the world like my cats laying on my
stomach. Lest I sound like some batty old cat lady, I have a
husband, too. We go to the movies when we can agree on
What is your best travel tip?
I got this great silk pillow cover from a catalog. It fits
perfectly over airline pillows, which I wouldn't touch without
What song would make a good planner's
I saw ZZ Top on New Year's Eve, and they have one song that is
apropos: "Got Me Under Pressure."
A.D.T.ON THE MOVE
ANCHETA JOINS THE MEETINGHOUSE COS.
Maureen Ancheta was named special event producer at The
Meetinghouse Cos. Inc., an Elmhurst, Ill.-based production company.
Ancheta, who previously was a wedding consultant and coordinator,
has three years of experience.
MATTES MOVES TO CONFERON
Bill Mattes has been appointed senior account executive for the
Washington, D.C., regional office of Conferon, a Twinsburg,
Ohio-based planning firm. Mattes, previously national account
executive for D.C.-based trade show firm The Aaron Group, has more
than 15 years of experience.
MC2 EXPANDS ITS MEETINGS
St. Louis-based MC2, an event management firm,
announced several new hires. Cecilia Bottrell and Melissa Holmes
were named event/meeting coordinators. Bottrell, formerly event
coordinator for Lutheran Family and Children's Services in St.
Louis, has five years of experience. Holmes hails from London,
where she had been an independent planner for two years. Adele
Gianino was named meeting planner. Gianino, who has five years of
experience, previously was membership sales manager at the St.
Louis Convention and Visitors Commission. Tammie Ormsom, formerly a
special events manager for Saks Fifth Avenue's St. Louis location,
was named account executive. She has three years of planning
SUPPLIERSTammy Halstead has been appointed
associate director of sales at the New Orleans Metropolitan
Convention and Visitors Bureau.Deirdre "D.D." McCurley has been
appointed director of sales for the Tampa (Fla.) Marriott
Waterside.Beth Stehley is now director of
convention services at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Betty E. Tindall has been named sales
manager for the Sheraton Suites Houston.Connie Williams was named director of
sales and marketing for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica,
If you would like notice of a career move considered
for inclusion in this column, contact Amy Drew Teitler, Senior
Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax:
(201) 319-1796; e-mail: email@example.com.
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