Meetings & Conventions: People August 1998
EDITED BY CHRYSTAL INGRAM WHITE
Coffee With...Jean Baier Swaffer
Jean Baier Swaffer is an independent consultant based in
Half Moon Bay, Calif. A 20-year veteran of the meetings industry,
she specializes in helping corporations integrate travel management
and meeting planning operations.
If the sky were the limit, how would you reward
yourself for a meeting well done?
I'd get a massage. After a day at the spa, I would get some really
good mystery books, curl up in my bed and not come out until I had
What was your first job?
I was a secretary for Edison Electric Institute. One day I was
asked to cover a meeting because someone was sick. They said all I
needed to do was register people. I found out there was a lot more
What's your best travel tip?
Wear broken in, comfortable shoes. (I own about 12 pairs of
Aerosoles; I have them in every color.) Also, after you've packed
everything you want to take, put half back.
Describe the perfect attendee.
Someone who actually reads the literature that was sent to
What popular song would make a good meeting
What celebrity would make the best meeting
I wouldn't pick a celebrity; I would pick my husband, Fred Swaffer
(a longtime Hewlett-Packard travel manager), because he sees things
from a different point of view.
Who is your mentor?
Doris Sklar (former General Electric planner, who died in a car
accident), for her honesty, attention to detail and willingness to
share her knowledge with others.
LOREN G. EDELSTEINPlanners
Buckles returns to TSEA
Sharon Buckles has been named manager of education and conferences
for the Trade Show Exhibitors Association in Springfield, Va., a
position she held in 1995-96. Buckles was most recently manager of
association services for the Society of National Association
Publications in McLean, Va.
Butler moves to IFT
Stan Butler has been named meetings and expositions services
manager at the Institute of Food Technologists in Chicago. Butler
was previously meetings and conventions director for the American
College of Emergency Physicians in Irving, Texas.
McKnight joins CTAM
Patti McKnight, CMP, is the new director of meetings for CTAM, the
marketing society for the cable telecommunications industry, based
in Alexandria, Va. McKnight was formerly director of partnership
marketing and event management for the Interactive Services
Association, based in Silver Spring, Md.
Taylor opens consulting firm
Bill Taylor, outgoing president and CEO of the American Society of
Association Executives, has formed Bill Taylor, Association
Consulting, in Washington, D.C. Taylor was president of ASAE for 16
SuppliersJennifer D. Bernsten has joined the New York City
regional sales office of Associated Luxury Hotels as national sales
manager.Douglas Boone Jr. is the new director of group sales and
multicultural development for the Fort Worth (Texas) Convention
& Visitors Bureau.John Danchertsen is now director of catering and
conference services for the Orchid at Mauna Lani, Kohala Coast,
Hawaii.Jo A. Robinson is now the convention sales account
executive for the San Antonio (Texas) Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Kathryn A. Whalen has been named associate director of
catering/convention services for the Hyatt Regency
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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