September 01, 1998
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September 1998 People


  Coffee With...Joyce Timmerman

Joyce Timmerman

Joyce Timmerman is the owner of TWJ Incentives, an independent meetings, incentives and special events firm based in Palm Springs, Calif.

What popular song would make a good meeting planners' anthem?
"Unforgettable." We want to make every event we do really stand out, even if the attendees only remember one thing about it.

What's your favorite meal?
Down-home Southern cooking -- ribs, corn-on-the-cob, corn bread and pecan pie.

Who would you choose as a celebrity planning partner?
Harrison Ford. I bet he'd be capable in every situation. He'd probably be a good negotiator -- remember Air Force One? And he's not bad to look at, either.

What is your best travel tip?
Appreciate cultural differences. You can offend people very easily if you treat them the way you would people in the States.

What was your first job?
I was an accountant for the Scott Paper Company. I was very active in the National Association of Accountants and planned a lot of their meetings as a volunteer. I thought planning would be a great way to earn a living, so I quit my job to become an independent corporate planner.


Grey Separator LinePlanners

Shannan Danforth has joined the staff of Special D Events, Inc., as event planner. Special D is a corporate event planning firm in Troy, Mich., whose clients include General Motors North American Operations and Chevrolet Motor Division, both based in Detroit, and the FTD Association in Livonia, Mich. Danforth was formerly manager of media relations for the Detroit Auto Dealers Association.

Joyce Laurie has been named director of conventions and meetings for the Automotive Oil Change Association, based in Dallas. Previously, Laurie held meeting planning positions with Dallas-based Associated Locksmiths of America, Fort Worth-based National Association of Women in Construction and the Irving, Texas-based International Association of Assembly Managers.

Debbie Mann, CMP, is now manager of conferences and meetings for Dallas-based Meeting Professionals International. Previously, Mann was meeting manager for the Birmingham, Ala.-based Professional Convention Management Association.


  • Jeff Abodeely has joined Las Vegas-based AVW Audio Visual as sales manager.
  • Suzanne B. Bayne has been named association sales manager for the Greenville (S.C.) Hilton and Towers.
  • Rob Cameron has joined the Hyatt Regency San Diego as director of sales and marketing; Barry Prescott has been named director of food and beverage at the property.
  • Peter A. Dicks has joined The Kellen Company, an association management firm based in Atlanta, as account executive.
  • Jerry Hankinson has been named vice president of convention sales and marketing for the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Chris Gilbert is the new director of sales for the Ojai Valley Inn & Spa in Ojai, Calif.
  • Michael G. Troy is now director of sales and marketing for the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel in Honolulu.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Loren G. Edelstein, Executive Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:

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