May 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: People May 2003

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May 2003

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With... Tonia Daniel

Tonia DanielTonia Daniel is conference coordinator/membership services for the Denver-based National Bison Association (, which has 1,400 members. Among her responsibilities are an annual meeting held in Denver and a summer meeting, the destination of which changes yearly; in 2003, the host city is St. Louis.

What are the origins of the association? We were created in 1995 by the merging of the American Bison Association and the National Buffalo Association. Our members either raise bison or sell them as meat. Our membership was highest at the end of the 1990s, but we are holding our own. Soon, we will launch our Buffalo Stampede campaign, which aims to educate people about bison and bison meat. Bison has fewer calories and less cholesterol than does beef, but many still regard it as a little exotic.

How did you become a planner for the association? It was forced upon me after a reorganization. I studied accounting at college, and I was an administrative assistant at the time, concentrating on membership. That was two years ago. For me the hardest thing so far is negotiating contracts, or, more specifically, being firm. I maybe lack that killer edge, so I just try to think about the end product and what it will accomplish for my members.

Is there any confusion between your NBA and the National Basketball Association? Some people wonder what the connection is between bison and Michael Jordan, but so far nothing too comical has happened.

Do you like bison? Yes, but the animals are kind of big and scary. Currently, there are 270,000 bison living in the United States, 20 percent of which are in national parks.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Jervis-Hill joins Health and Fitness Concepts
Chereese Jervis-Hill has been hired by White Plains, N.Y.-based Health and Fitness Concepts as vice president of programs. Previously, she was the meetings manager at the New York City-based Strategic Research Institute.

Soyster moves to real estate association
Karin Soyster, CMP, is the new vice president of meetings at the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. Formerly, she was director of administration, meetings and education for the Manufactured Housing Institute in Arlington, Va.

  • Patrick Blangy has joined the 780-room Grand Wailea Resort Hotel & Spa, on the island of Maui in Hawaii, as director of sales and marketing.
  • La Dona Canevaro has been named director of sales and marketing at the 58-room Hotel Majestic in San Francisco, two blocks from Union Square.
  • Betsy Grey has been appointed director of global sales, U.S. northeast region, for Le Méridien Hotels & Resorts. She is based in New York City.
  • Paul M. Griffin has been promoted to assistant director of convention services at the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Patricia Kraft Hilpl has been named regional director of sales, Eastern sales office, for the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau. She is based in Washington, D.C.
  • Chris Madoo has joined the 660-room Renaissance Mayflower in Washington, D.C., as director of group sales.
  • Mary Monaco has been named senior sales manager for the 300-room Sugar Land, Texas, Marriott Town Square Hotel.
  • Allison Wynne and Janice Zoeller both have been appointed convention sales managers at the Greater Louisville (Ky.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Peter Zellmer has been named director of sales and marketing at the 307-room Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Terence Baker, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:
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