August 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: People August 2003

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August 2003

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With... Tanya Hall, CHME

Tanya Hall, CHMETanya Hall, CHME , is executive director of the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau.

How did MAC come about? It was created in 1987, when Philadelphia was repositioning itself as a conventions destination. We have a three-pronged objective: sales, economic development and community development.

Where did your initial business come from? From the African-American market. When we started, that market was a $35 billion industry; today it represents $80 billion. In Philadelphia, MAC brings in about 12 percent of meeting and convention bookings, although we like to think that, through our community work, the figure is higher. The Hispanic market is our second-biggest niche, and the Asian and Native American markets also are promising.

How is the community involved? Some of our new focuses are on heritage tourism, local music and entertainment. We try to make sure diversity is discussed at every level, to ensure they get the story correct from a minority standpoint. Also, for 10 years we’ve organized a Hospitality Education Day to educate schoolchildren about the industry and the opportunities it provides.

How has your profession evolved? When I started out in 1988, and I was one of three African Americans working in hotel sales here. There was hesitancy to employ us in anything other than support roles; today we have seen a 600 percent increase in minority hotel sales positions.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Coffey named manager at NAMTA
Katherine Coffey has been promoted to association manager of the Huntsville, N.C.-based National Art Materials Trade Association. Since 2000, she served as NAMTA’s assistant executive director.

  • Angela Berrigan has been appointed to the post of vice president of marketing at the Greater Cincinnati Convention & Visitors Bureau. Karen Keller also has joined the bureau as vice president of destination services, special events and membership.
  • Tracey Brouillette, CMP, has joined the 1,625-room Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego as senior sales manager, associations. Also newly appointed at the hotel are Ed Kady, associate director of sales; C.J. Manuel, sales manager/meeting connections; Braedan Quigley, primary market sales manager; and Terese Prevost, sales manager/corporate meetings.
  • Brian Fedorowicz has joined the 302-room Inverness Hotel & Conference Center in Englewood, Colo., as director of sales. 
  • Andrea Hendricks has been named director of the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau’s new Chicago office. Kate Larry also joins the bureau as sales manager, small meetings; she is based in the CVB’s Atlanta headquarters.
  • Al Hutchinson is the new director of convention sales at the Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau. Julie Roberts and Reginald Stevenson also have joined as convention sales managers.
  • Jim Jaworski has joined the Greater Milwaukee Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention sales manager.
  • Terry LeMiere is the new director of sales at Burlingame, Calif.-based Don Anderson Inc., a meeting services company.
  • Daniel Kuperschmid has been named director of sales and marketing at the 350-room Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M.
  • Richard Lebowitz has been named director of sales and marketing for the 185-room Stanhope Park Hyatt in New York City.
  • 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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