June 01, 1999
> Meetings & Conventions: People June 1999 Current Issue
June 1999 people


  Coffee With&Fred Bari

Fred Bari

Until six months ago, Fred Bari worked exclusively in insurance. The 26-year veteran broker is now a planner for Erotica USA, a consumer show organized by New York City-based Customized Worldwide Entertainment. Erotica recently had its first stateside show at New York City’s Jacob Javits center, which, due to the nature of the event, attracted significant press attention.

How did you get the job as Erotica USA’s planner?
My partner had successfully planned the expo in England and wanted to know if I was interested in bringing it here. The time was right to bring a classier adult show to the public.

What surprised you most about being a meeting planner?
The unbelievable amount of work it takes. Finding a venue for a show like this outside of Vegas is tough.

How are you dealing with the stress?
The same way I always did: (laughs) I’m drinking heavily.

If you could pick a celebrity planning partner, who would it be and why?
Donald Trump. He’s got an unerring eye for detail, and he’s a tireless worker.

This is an off-color show. Any amusing anecdotes?
I planned the fetish party with this dominatrix, the Baroness. She can take a cigarette out of your mouth with a bullwhip from 12 feet away. Discussing acceptable activities for off-site venues was rather amusing.

Was anything she suggested out of the question?
Without a doubt.


Grey Separator LinePLANNERS

Louise Felsher, CMP, has been hired as the vice president of marketing events for BancBoston Robertson Stevens, a San Francisco-based brokerage firm. Felcher previously was director of marketing events for American Century Investments, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. She has been employed in the meetings industry for 14 years.

Elizabeth A. Loudy has been named vice president of Hauck & Associates Inc., a professional association management firm based in Washington, D.C. She has been with the firm for 10 years and last served as an account executive.


  • Michelle Aiken has been named sales manager for The Tremont HouseA Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotel in Galveston, Texas.
  • Isabelle V. Blainey has been appointed senior sales and marketing manager at the Harborview Center in Clearwater, Fla.
  • William Bull and Terry Houdek both have signed on with the Milwaukee Hilton, where they will be senior sales managers.
  • John R. Defour has been tapped for the position of director of sales and marketing for The Tides in Irvington, Va.
  • Chris Hart has been appointed general manager of the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale (Ariz.) at Troon North.
  • William Jordan has joined MeadowView Conference Resort in Kingsport, Tenn., as the director of sales and marketing.
  • Mark Ostendorf recently was appointed senior sales manager for the Pioneer Inn Resort & Marina on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis.
  • Jim Schmidt has been promoted to senior event manager at the Atlantic City Convention Center.
  • Ben E. Seymour is now the director of sales for the Peery Hotel in Salt Lake City.
  • Jim Windsor has been named national sales manager and Amy Hudson has been named state sales manager for the Greater Birmingham (Ala.) 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. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:

    Back to Current Issue index
    M&C Home Page
    Current Issue | Events Calendar | Newsline | Incentive News | Meetings Market Report
    Editorial Libraries | CVB Links | Reader Survey | Hot Dates | Contact M&C