Meetings & Conventions: People April 1998
EDITED BY CHRYSTAL INGRAM WHITE
UpClose: Ed Simeone
Broadway bound? Ed Simeone, CMP, hopes to see his
name in lights, but meeting planning pays the bills.
All the world's a stage at least it is for Ed Simeone,
CMP. "Face it: The meetings industry is theater," says Simeone,
manager of the nine-person worldwide events department for
Hopkinton, Mass.-based EMC Corporation, which manufactures
electronic database storage devices for banks, airlines and other
companies. "We rehearse and rehearse to plan the meeting, and
meeting day is showtime," he says.
The vigor with which Simeone speaks of show business is
catching. "I couldn't live without theater," he says emphatically
of his first love. "However," he reflects, "I've decided I'm not
cut out for theater full time. With meeting planning, I don't have
the roar of the crowd, but it's a more regular paycheck, if you
know what I mean."
But all is not lost for Simeone, whose thespian roots are
deeply planted in community theater as an actor and director. "I
integrate a lot of my training and intuition as a performer into my
meetings," notes Simeone, who produces incentive, sales and golf
programs for EMC. "I want people to feel a certain way when they
walk out of a meeting. To do that, I have to set the stage and
create the mood with the appropriate venue, speakers, decorations
and overall program."
Simeone, who currently serves as president of the
American Stage Festival, a year-round theater in Nashua and
Milford, N.H., expects to someday produce shows. A one-man,
Broadway gig wouldn't be too bad, either: "An Evening with Ed
Simeone how does that sound? Tap-dancing, torch songs, the whole
bit," he says. "Sounds lofty, but it could happen. You never
CAPRETTA JOINS Cps, inc.
Maria Capretta has been named meeting and events planner for
Cleveland-based Creative Production Services, Inc., a full-service
meeting planning and production company. Capretta was formerly
associate meeting planner with Pro Ed Communications, Inc., in
WILKE MOVES TO MGMA
Carol L. Wilke, CMP, CEM, has accepted the position of director of
meetings and conferences for Medical Group Management Association
in Englewood, Colo. Wilke previously served as director of meetings
and conventions for Dermatology Services, Inc., in Shaumburg, Ill.,
and assistant director of meetings and conventions for the American
Academy of Dermatology, also based in Shaumburg.
Phil Anderson has joined Fontana,
Wis.-based Abbey Group as director of sales and marketing,
responsible for three Lake Geneva, Wis., resorts: The Abbey Resort
& Fontana Spa, Interlaken Resort and Country Spa, and the Inns
of Geneva National.
Ralph H. Chambers has joined
Dallas-based Heritage Exhibits as senior account
Michael Darst, CMP, is now the
Miami-based director of conference management for the Loews Miami
Beach Hotel and also serves as corporate director of conference
management for New York City-based Loews Hotels.
Gretchen Gettles is the new convention
sales manager for the Portland Oregon Visitors
Mary Ann Hemus has joined Dallas-based
Holiday Inn On the Bay as director of sales and
Kimberly McKernan is now corporate sales
manager for the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club in Durham,
Paul Miller has been named national
sales manager for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors
Demi Ortega is now director of catering
and convention services for the Four Seasons Atlanta.
Cindy Smith is now director of catering
and convention services for the SunBurst Resort in Scottsdale,
Ariz.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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