Meetings & Conventions: People July 1998
EDITED BY CHRYSTAL INGRAM WHITE
Coffee With...Beverly Laing
He's not Mel...but Kevin Costner is not a bad stand-in,
pictured here with Laing at Shinnecock Hills Golf Club in
Beverly Laing is manager of events for the New Jersey
Society of CPAs in Roseland, N.J., where she plans 200 conferences,
seminars, golf outings and special events a year. An avid golfer,
she was previously event manager for the United States Golf
Association, Women's Championships and Events division, in Far
What was your college major?
I majored in merchandising, but changed to business. I have always
loved the arts, and creating fashions was my original dream.
Although the result has changed, I consider creating events an
What are your stressbusters?
Listening to music, everything from Celtic to Savage Garden. It
relaxes me and puts me in a good mood. But a good back massage is
the ultimate stressbuster!
Pick a celebrity planning partner.
Mel Gibson. It would be a lot of fun to work with someone who has
his sense of humor.
What song would be a good meeting planning
Maybe the theme from Mission Impossible for the tough assignments,
and "Celebrate" for the fun ones.
What's an important life lesson you've
I really feel I've been lucky in my lifetime. In my travels, it's
not hard to see that there are many people in this world who are
less fortunate. And because of all I've seen, I'm determined to
give something back Ñ not for glory, but for peace of
What books are by your bedside?Planners
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. I also enjoy New Jersey Monthly
magazine and Time Out New York. I find many places of interest to
visit in these publications.
Barenthaler and willet team up
Charles Barenthaler and Edward J. Willet Jr. have formed Meetings
Solutions, LLC, a meeting and event planning firm in North
Arlington, Va. Barenthaler was most recently meeting planner and
director of special programs for the U.S. Merit Systems Protection
Board in Washington, D.C. Willet was formerly a consultant,
specializing in designing educational programs, and director of
financial oversight and review for the Office of Finance, U.S.
House of Representatives.
Moynan Joins NAB
Wesley Moynan is now director of operations for the Washington,
D.C.-based National Association of Broadcasters' conventions and
expositions department. He was formerly director of trade show
operations for the Arlington, Va.-based Consumer Electronics
Manufacturers Association and event coordinator for the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
PAIGE moves to ASAE
Sheila Paige is now director of meeting operations for the
Washington, D.C.-based American Society of Association Executives.
Paige was formerly director of meetings and conventions for the
National Association of School Psychologists, based in Bethesda,
SuppliersGerry Ashland has been named marketing
director for the Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center in Mesa,
Ariz.R. Brink Grush is the new director of
sales and marketing for the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.Gloria Brown is now director of
convention sales for the Reno-Sparks (Nev.) Convention &
Visitors Authority.Jill S. Konopaske has joined the
Charlotte (N.C.) convention and visitors bureau as national sales
manager for the Washington, D.C., office.Andy Ortiz is now director of
international sales for the Fiesta Americana Coral Beach in Cancun,
Mexico.Cindy Powers is the executive meeting
manager for the Marriott at Sawgrass Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach,
Fla.If you would like notice of a career move
considered for inclusion in this column, contact Chrystal Ingram
White, Managing Editor,
M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus,
N.J. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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