July 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: People July 2003

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July 2003

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With... Ian Dockrill, CMP

Ian Dockrill, CMPIan Dockrill, CMP ,is the Plano, Texas-based director of global industry relations and strategic development, meeting and incentive events, for Reed Travel Exhibitions. He oversees the annual La Cumbre ( trade show, which matches Latin American incentive and leisure buyers to U.S. suppliers. Dockrill is from England.

How are you developing La Cumbre? We plan to have business go both ways, not just from Latin America to the States. Our coordinators work in most Latin and Caribbean countries to identify major meetings and incentives buyers. Do you see Latin America becoming a large market for U.S. meetings and incentives business? Initially more business will go to Mexico and the Caribbean, and then farther south from there. I think Argentina will benefit, once it sorts out its financial troubles, as it has the infrastructure and the sophistication. However, sometimes these countries are their own worst enemies, with their media reporting only on corruption and crime.

How did you get into this industry? This was what I always wanted to do. After gaining a degree in hotel management, I worked for 12 years for Sheraton, which brought me to Philadelphia. Then I worked as a meeting planner for a multinational company based in New Jersey and in global development for Meeting Professionals International. That got me to Texas.

How’s Texas? I have three children in the Texas school system, and it is a great place for kids. Myself, I prefer the East Coast.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Gauthreaux promoted at Freeman Companies
David Gauthreaux has been promoted to national director of corporate events for Dallas-based Freeman Companies, a meeting planning firm. Gauthreaux previously was general manager, corporate event services, for the company. He remains in Freeman’s Seattle office.

  • Melanie Alexander has been named director of sales and marketing for the Turks and Caicos Islands’ Tourism Board’s new U.S. office in Arlington, Mass., serving markets in the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic and Midwestern states.
  • Brian Chisolm has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the 418-room Washington, D.C., Marriott.
  • Jeffrey Fugate has been appointed national director, association sales, for Conferon, the independent meeting planning company. He is based in the company’s headquarters in Twinsburg, Ohio.
  • Todd Gillespie has been named director of sales for the 198-room Stonewall Resort, which opened in April in Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, near Weston, W.Va.
  • Tom Kostoff has been appointed senior sales manager at the 349-room Eden Roc Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. Also joining the staff there are Kate Douglas as event manager and Eric Williams as senior account sales executive.
  • Elena Rodriguez has joined Cunard Line in the newly created position of director of corporate and incentive sales.
  • Cynthia Scherer has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the 415-room Fairmont Washington, D.C.
  • Mark Szymczak has been promoted to director of convention sales and services at the Washington, DC Convention and Tourism Corp. In addition, Melissa Dolan and Michael Dutton have signed on as national sales managers at the bureau.
  • Jerry Terp has joined the St. Paul (Minn.) Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention sales manager.
  • David Tyler was named national sales manager, North American groups, for the 358-room Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Terence Baker, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:
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