April 01, 1999
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  Coffee With&Zev Lewis

Zev Lewis

Zev Lewis is manager of meetings and membership for the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry in Bethesda, Md. He’s been a meeting planner “in earnest” since 1990, previously with the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy in Silver Spring, Md.

How do you spend your free time?
I visit family and friends, and I’m a volunteer for the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, a nonprofit organization based in Rockville, Md., that helps integrate adults with mental disabilities into the community.

How do you spend the day after a meeting?
I go on vacation. The past two years, I went to Maui. This year I’m going to the Bahamas. I like that you don’t have to wear shoes.

How do you de-stress from your job?
At a gag store, I bought a clown; you squeeze it and its eyes and ears pop out. That helps. But as I’ve grown older and lost more hair, I’ve felt less stress. Go figure. I guess that’s what happens with experience.

If your boss granted you one wish as a reward, what would you ask for?
I would take my whole family on a two-week, first-class vacation to Hawaii, because they have been so supportive of me.

If you could change careers overnight, would you?
Yeah, I would. I’d transfer my skills in dealing with people to the entertainment industry. I’d like to be a producer.

If a movie were made of your life, what would it be called?
I guess I’d say The Best is Yet to Come.


Grey Separator LinePLANNERS

Christina Donnelly has joined the Washington, D.C., office of Conferon, an independent meeting planning firm, as a sales manager. Most recently, Donnelly was an account manager for Avis Rent A Car Systems, also in the capital. She is new to the meetings industry.

Lisa Davis Lawrence has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing of Precision Meetings & Events, Inc., in Alexandria, Va. Lawrence comes to Precision from GES in Washington, D.C., where she served as national sales manager. She has been employed in the meetings and conventions industry since 1987.


  • Beth Appelbaum is the new event manager at the Monterey (Calif.) Marriott Hotel.
  • John Cottrill has been named general manager of the Westin Savannah (Ga.) Harbor Resort.
  • Linda DuBose has been appointed director of convention sales for the Corpus Christi (Texas) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Anetha Granthas been promoted to vice president, convention sales and marketing for the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Deana Ivey has been promoted to vice president, tourism sales and marketing.
  • Jackie Heyl is the new sales manager at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  • Krete Kourouklides has been appointed marketing communications manager at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London.
  • Rudy Marklhas been appointed general manager at The Westin Melbourne (Australia).
  • Matthew R. Miller has been hired as North American sales specialist for the Maryland Office of Tourism Development.
  • David C. Murray has been appointed general manager of the Portland (Ore.) Marriott City Center hotel.
  • Lorie Smith has joined the sales and catering team at the Hilton Concord in Concord, Calif., as a corporate sales manager.
  • Tammy Wynter has been hired as sales manager for the Jacksonville & the Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • 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. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:

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