Meetings & Conventions: People June 2000
EDITED BY LISA GRIMALDI
Coffee With... M. Paige Marmorino
M. Paige Marmorino is the meetings and database manager
for the Alexandria, Va.-based American Association of Colleges of
Pharmacy. In her planning capacity, she organizes two meetings of
1,000 attendees each and several smaller ones.
How long have you been a planner?
I wanted to go into marine biology, but then I started taking
chemistry, and that was my downfall. So I majored in sociology. It
helps me interact with and read people. That’s why I like to deal
with people face to face, because in a phone conference, you aren’t
able to see body language and expressions.
What were some of your earlier jobs?
My very first job was picking strawberries while I was in grade
school. My first full-time job was teaching. My current position is
the first time I’ve had a meeting planner title, but I don’t think
I’ve ever been in a job that didn’t call for me to plan and
coordinate some type of special event, seminar, workshop or
If you could hand off one meeting planning
responsibility, what would it be?
Telling salespeople we can’t use their site, but it’s a necessary
courtesy to not lead them on.
What is your best travel tip?
Pack only clothes that don’t wrinkle or that look good wrinkled,
unless you plan to iron. horses.
How do you stay healthy on the road?
Vitamin C and a call home every night for love and
Who would you choose as a celebrity meeting
Lassie she’s loyal, soft and fuzzy and can be sicced on demanding
and obnoxious co-workers. Also, she would provide an instant and
neutral conversation catalyst.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your
Traveling to places I would not otherwise
How do you reward yourself when the meeting is
L.G.ON THE MOVE
DARNALL NAMED VICE PRESIDENT OF EVENTS AT
Karla H. Darnall has been appointed vice president of events at
Event Management Solutions, an event planning and production
company in Newnan, Ga. Prior to joining EMS, Darnall served as vice
president, conventions and events for Host Communications Inc. in
Lexington, Ky. She has 12 years of industry experience.
EDWARDS AND WILLIAMS LAUNCH PIZZAZZ
Bessie R. Edwards, president of B.R. Edwards Associates, and
Margaret H. Williams, CMP, president of Williams & Associates,
have joined forces to form Pizzazz Meeting and Event Planning Group
in New York City. The team has more than 35 combined years of
FELSHER JOINS PRE-IPO START-UPSUPPLIERSG. Steven Armitage was named senior vice
president of sales for Hilton Hotels Corp. He is based in Beverly
Hills, Calif.Raymond L’Heureux has been promoted to
director of sales for the Ocean Edge Resort and Golf Club in
Brewster, Mass.Deyvon Jones was named on-property director of
sales for the Radisson Cable Beach Resort in Nassau, The
Bahamas.William Kairis is the new director of
convention sales for the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las
Vegas.Stephanie Palazzi has been appointed sales
manager for the Omni Mandalay Hotel at Las Colinas in Irving,
Texas.Karen Staples has been appointed convention
sales manager for the Coastal Fairfield County (Conn.) Convention
and Visitors Bureau.If you would like notice of a career
move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Amy Drew
Teitler, Senior Editor,
Louise Felsher, CMP, has joined Certive Corporation, an Internet
start-up firm in Redwood City, Calif., that will help small
businesses maximize their efficiencies through Web- based services.
Felsher will spearhead the service’s launch and lead the event
marketing and corporate events departments. She was previously vice
president of event marketing at Fleet Boston Robertson Stephens and
has been in the industry for 15 years.
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