Meetings & Conventions: People June 2001
Edited by Jennifer Philburn
Coffee With...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.
• SARAH J.F. BRALEYON 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
DATAaide Associates names partnersSUPPLIERSMichelle 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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