Meetings & Conventions: People May 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&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
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
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
Small planes, because they’re not big.
What song would make a good meeting- planning
“Will It Go Round in Circles?” by Billy Preston.
SARAH J.F. BRALEYPLANNERS
McDONALD A NEW VP AT PCMA
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.
PAGNOTTI PROMOTED AT P.W. FEATS,
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
SUPPLIERSJo 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
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Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07096; fax:
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