Meetings & Conventions: People April 2001
EDITED BY JENNIFER PHILBURN
Coffee With...Diane R. Euler, CMP
A former nurse, Diane R. Euler, CMP, is now a miracle
worker of another sort as director of meetings and exhibits for the
Flexographic Technical Association, based in Ronkonkoma, N.Y. FTA
provides technical information and training to printers and
suppliers serving the packaging industry. Euler has been with the
association for 12 years.
Describe your nursing experience.
I worked in the mental health field as a geriatric psych nurse for
more than 11 years. While helping someone out of a bathtub, I
slipped and fractured two cervical spine vertebrae. So the decision
to make a change was made for me. While recuperating, I enrolled in
business school and basically fell into the planning
What was your first meeting planning
Running medical-legal seminars on cruise ships a dream position. I
was there for five years, then the company relocated to Fort
Lauderdale. They wanted me to relocate leaving my family behind but
that was not an option for me.
What skills from nursing do you bring to meeting
The ability to multitask, prioritize and, most importantly, to tune
out those items that can utilize a lot of energy but are irrelevant
to obtaining a desired result.
Which was more stressful?
Meeting planning. As a nurse, I dealt with people on a one-to-one
basis. In planning conventions, I am the main focal point for
hundreds of individuals who all want my attention at the same
What’s the most rewarding thing you did this
I participated in the Habitat for Humanity project during the
Professional Convention Management Association conference in Miami
Beach. This community-based housing project not only assists those
who need it, but it makes you feel terrific.
If you could change careers overnight, would
I would love to own and run a bed and breakfast in the Adirondack
mountains. Crisp mountain air, towering peaks and saliva-inspiring
muffins every morning& What more could one ask for?
• LOREN G. EDELSTEINON THE MOVE
HELLMAN JOINS CONFERON
Teresa Hellman has been named national account manager at
Conferon’s new Kansas City, Mo., office. Hellman comes to Conferon
with 15 years of experience in the industry; most recently she
served as conference manager for the Metropolitan Community
Colleges in Kansas City.
YOUNG EVANS NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTORSUPPLIERSBob Beach, CMP, has been appointed director of
corporate sales at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau.
Russell Foster has been named sales manager, and
Stacey Geyer, formerly the director of sales
promotions, will oversee the bureau’s new promotions and special
events department.Dana Dolenz and Angela
Vincent have joined the St. Louis Convention &
Visitors Commission as convention services managers.Jeffrey Felshaw has been named director of
sales and marketing for the Soho Grand and Tribeca Grand hotels in
New York City.Debbie Hogan has been promoted to director of
sales for the Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Big Island of
Hawaii.Fay Medina and Danielle
Plauché have joined the New Orleans Metropolitan
Convention and Visitors Bureau as sales managers.Ric Nicholson has been named director of sales
and marketing at the Sheraton Seattle Hotel & Towers.Paul Rotunno has been appointed director of
sales at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.Greg Spiller has been named convention sales
manager for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors
Bureau.If you would like notice of a career
move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Jennifer
Philburn, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J.
07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: email@example.com
Joanne Young Evans has been appointed executive director for the
Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario, a 5,000-member
organization based in Mississauga, Ontario. Previously, Evans was
deputy executive director for the Association of Municipal
Managers, Clerks and Treasurers of Ontario. She has been in the
meeting planning business for five years.
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