May 01, 1999
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  Coffee With&Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson CMP, is a marketing specialist for Philadelphia-based software company SAP America Inc. He handles the logistics for all of SAP’s major events, which means grabbing up every available guest room for the 10,000 people who attend the SAPPHIRE users convention, selecting cozy accommodations for comparatively tiny incentive trips and making VIP arrangements.

If the sky were the limit, how would you like to be rewarded after a meeting?
As a team, we’d like a day at the spa. It’s always a tough week; it would be a nice way to know you’ve done a great job.

What was your first job?
Working at the local gas station in East Orange, N.J. Later I worked as the road manager for a recording artist called Ten City, who specialized in house/dance music.

What did you study in college?
Architecture. [The problem-solving] has been very helpful, because I’ve been able to put things together in different ways and know there’s more than one solution.

If you could build any structure, what would you build?
Libraries and universities, places where people could come to learn and think. I’d also build an occasional summer home someplace in the islands, like Bermuda.

What do you like least about traveling?
Small planes, because they’re not big.

What song would make a good meeting- planning anthem?
“Will It Go Round in Circles?” by Billy Preston.


Grey Separator LinePLANNERS

Pamela McDonald has been named vice president of administration and meeting services for the Birmingham, Ala.-based Professional Convention Management Association. Prior to her new appointment, McDonald served as PCMA’s director of meeting services.

P.W. Feats, Inc., a Baltimore-based events marketing, design and management company, has promoted Sandy Pagnotti to director of client services. She joined the company in 1996 as a producer. Previously, Pagnotti had her own special-events company for three years.


  • Jo Axelrod has been named director of sales for the new Hotel Teatro in Denver.
  • Mowbray Brown recently joined the Boise (Idaho) Convention & Visitors Bureau as a convention sales manager.
  • Dana Cooper has been appointed sales manager for the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.
  • Dan Dolan and Kalani Nakoa were named directors of national accounts for Marriott’s Kauai Marriott Resort & Beach Club, Maui Marriott Resort and the Renaissance Wailea Resort in Honolulu.
  • Arlene Foggo is the new executive meetings manager at Marriott’s Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Marla Goldberg has been named senior sales manager for Seattle’s Kimpton Hotels: The Alexis Hotel, Hotel Monaco and Hotel Vintage Park.
  • Michael McNease is the new director of sales for Adam’s Mark Hotels & Resorts’ Washington, D.C., office.
  • Dan Sierka has been appointed director of sales for The Boulders in Carefree, Ariz.
  • Gary Stram was promoted to director of sales for the Millennium Broadway in New York City.
  • David Summers has been appointed director of convention sales for the Juneau (Alaska) Convention & 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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