Meetings & Conventions: People September 1998
EDITED BY CHRYSTAL INGRAM WHITE
Coffee With...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
"Unforgettable." We want to make every event we do really stand
out, even if the attendees only remember one thing about
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
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
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
DANFORTH MOVES TO SPECIAL D
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
LAURIE JOINS AOCA
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
MANN JOINS MPI
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.
SuppliersJeff 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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