Meetings & Conventions: People July 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Diane Dalisera,
Diane Dalisera, CMP, is manager, conferences and
meetings, for the International Life Sciences Institute based in
Washington, D.C. Previously, she worked for a mortgage banking firm
in Northern Virginia. She has been in the meetings industry for
more than 10 years.
What was your first assignment at this
My arrival at ILSI was just before Christmas with the charge to
begin making arrangements for a conference for 200 scientists.
Details were sketchy, the timing was short, and I was new here.
What a way to get started! Fortunately, it all came together and
was a very successful meeting.
If you could pass off one meeting responsibility,
what would it be?
Closing out the conference: paying bills, packing the office. This
can be satisfying, especially when it has been a good meeting, but
the sad part is saying goodbye to all those wonderful people with
whom you've been working.
What aspect of your job is most
Watching the weeks of preparation come together on
How do you like to spend the day after a big
To be honest, I like spending a day or two either alone or in an
activity organized by someone else, where I don't have to make any
decisions and I am the one who is pampered.
Describe the perfect attendee.
Someone who reads all the literature, is where he needs to be, is
on time and dresses appropriately for the meeting room that is
inevitably too hot or too cold.
What was the last book you read?
Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes. I'm planning a trip to
Italy right now.
I hear you met a big celebrity on a site
I was in South Africa, and I was heading out to a meeting when I
noticed the hotel staff congregating in the lobby. The Australian
rugby players, who were staying at the hotel, were forming a
reception line. The GM and sales director told me Nelson Mandela
was giving the welcome at a meeting and wanted to meet the rugby
players. Apparently he's a big fan, and there was a competition
between a few teams that week. I got in line and had the great
fortune of meeting Mr. Mandela. He shook my hand. Of course, I was
late for my appointment, but it was definitely worth it.
AMY DREW TEITLERON THE MOVE
COMCOR HIRES BERRYHILL AS PRODUCER
Sandra I. Berryhill has joined Fort Lauderdale's Comcor Event and
Meeting Production Inc. as a producer. Previously, she worked as a
promotions/events manager at GEMS Television, an international
Spanish-language cable network in Miramar, Fla. She has 10 years
LANDERS NAMED VP AT CONFERENCEDIRECT
Brian Landers, CMP, has been named vice president, Western region,
for ConferenceDirect, a meetings solutions company in Los Angeles.
Previously, Landers served as director of national sales for Hilton
Hotels Corp. in Beverly Hills, Calif. He has been active in the
industry for 12 years.
SUPPLIERSLinda Andrew is now manager of
membership events and Danielle Nunez is now
director of corporate sales for the Chicago Convention and Tourism
Bureau.Julie Berns is now a national sales
manager at the Ritz-Carlton Marina del Rey (Calif.).David H. Casey has been named vice
president of hotel sales and marketing for Mohegan Sun's new hotel
in Uncasville, Conn.Linda Ekeland is now director of sales
for the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau in Chapel Hill,
N.C.Dale D. Garvin has been named hotel
manager at the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.Tracey Latkovic has been promoted to
director of sales at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park,
Ariz.Mark A. Leonardi has been named
director of conference services at the Claremont Resort & Spa
in Berkeley, Calif.Robert W. Lowe has been named associate
director of sales for the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.Doug McLain has been appointed director
of sales for the Wyndham El San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Hotel.Michelle Minyard has been hired at the
New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau as a
convention sales manager.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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