June 01, 2001
Meetings & Conventions: People June 2001

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June 2001 people

Edited by Jennifer Philburn

  Coffee With...Theresa Garza, CMP

Theresa Garza, CMP

Theresa Garza, CMP, owns Amigo Meeting Solutions Inc. in Tucson, Ariz., which serves primarily association clients. Equally important to Garza is her volunteer work: She lends planning expertise to the annual Christmastime visit from the Madre Conchita Orphanage in Nogales, Mexico. Seventeen girls made the trip last year, accompanied by five nuns. The visitors were guests of the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson.

What were some of your responsibilities for this group? We made individual gift baskets for all the girls. We found out their ages and then went shopping, buying things like giant chalk and Play-Doh for the three-year-olds, and hair- and nail-care products for the older girls. We also made gift baskets for the nuns.

What were some of the memorable moments last year? I was crying the night Santa came and gave each girl personalized gifts. I remember one of the girls asked me if I was crying because I was happy. They’re just so innocent. I can’t tell you how delightful it was to spend time with them.

How would you like to change things for this year? I want to have an adult/nuns’ table at every event, so they get a break and can socialize.

When did you first donate your time to projects like this? I have always been involved in community service. For example, I was a mentor in the STEP program at DePaul University when I lived in Chicago, helping prepare inner-city students for college.

How else do you use your planning skills socially? Where do I start? At family gatherings or vacations, all the cousins, aunts and uncles assume I will take care of all the planning details.


Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Epstein joins PaineWebber
Caryn C. Epstein has joined the event marketing team at UBS PaineWebber Inc., based in New York City, as divisional vice president/event manager within the Private Client Group. Most recently, she was director of corporate communications and events for

DATAaide Associates names partners
Sanford Lieberman and Anna Poliseno have been named partners at Chicago-based DATAaide Associates Inc. Lieberman serves as vice president of membership services, and Poliseno is manager of meetings and conventions at the association management and meeting registration services company.

  • Michelle Caporicci has been appointed director of conference services at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, Calif.
  • Clara Chong has been named executive director of the Hong Kong Tourist Association.
  • Johnny Danrich III has been promoted to director of convention services and Kathy Steffen has been named associate director of convention services at the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission.
  • Sherry Fish has been appointed sales manager for Ohio associations and government groups at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.
  • Mark Lauer has joined The Waldorf-Astoria and The Waldorf Towers in New York City as director of marketing and sales.
  • Michelle Loane has been named regional sales manager, Western USA and Canada, for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group; she will be based in the company’s San Francisco office. Deon Wang, based in Los Angeles, has joined the company as regional group sales manager for the same area.
  • Billy O’Connell has been named sales director for Opex Exhibition Services in London.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Jennifer Philburn, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:
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