Meetings & Conventions: People September 1999
EDITED BY AMY DREW TEITLER
Coffee With&Sadie Rogers
Sadie Rogers is the manager of conferences and meetings
for the Georgia Department of Human Resources in Atlanta. Immediate
past president of the Society of Government Meeting Professionals,
Rogers currently serves on its board of directors.
What is your idea of a great
Somewhere in the Southwest. I think I must have left something
there years ago in an earlier life. Once I was in Arizona and got
the chance to spend some time in the company of an archaeologist,
and I was really awed by the experience.
Who would be your dream speaker?
I'd like the president to talk to my groups face to face. I'm
fascinated by his ability to blend politics and the human touch. He
could definitely hold an audience.
What is the toughest aspect of being a government
The government bosses you plan for never have a clue what it takes
to make a meeting happen. They always say, "It only takes one phone
What advice would you give to a new
Hang out with those in the know, even if you just sit and
watch them work. They will become your network and your best
sources of training. The suppliers will love you because they won't
have to make 2,000 phone calls.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your
I think putting a meeting together is like doing a puzzle. I like
being able to put all the pieces together, having it look good and
making people happy at the same time. And the fact that you get to
meet so many great people people you may never meet
Do you have any pets?
I have two adopted cats. Church came first, and then I got Deacon.
Two hours after they met, they were best friends and have been ever
CHERYL-ANNE STURKENON THE MOVE
MANTLE NEW MANAGEMENT HIRE AT
Twinsburg, Ohio-based Conferon, an independent meeting-planning
firm, has hired Elizabeth Mantle as manager of Conferon Express.
She will be based at the company's headquarters. Mantle has 10
years of experience and most recently served as director of sales
for the Radisson Cleveland Airport Hotel.
RAPHEL JOINS TEAM AT P.W. FEATS INC.
David Raphel has joined Baltimore-based event marketing company
P.W. Feats Inc. as shop manager, responsible for overseeing
production and providing technical direction for events. Raphel has
25 years of experience. Previously, he ran his own professional
scene shop, Lynx Productions, in the New York City
SUPPLIERSLeanne W. Berg has joined The Tides in
Irvington, Va., as national sales manager.Greg Gibadlo has been appointed vice
presidentconvention sales for the Washington, D.C. Convention and
Visitors Association.Tania K. Lynn has returned to the
Marriott Bay Point Resort Village in Panama City Beach, Fla., as
director of group sales.Nancy Liepmann has joined the Sheraton
Boston Hotel as the property's director of convention services, and
MaryGrace McCaffrey is the new director of group and convention
sales.Sylvia Owens is now convention sales
manager for the Austin (Texas) Convention & Visitors
Bureau.Brent Pigg is the new director of
marketing for the Hyatt Regency Chicago.Dave Romano has been promoted to
director of catering and conference management at the Loews Santa
Monica Beach (Calif.).Steve Waldman and Dale
Wherry have been appointed catering/conference service
managers at the Kahala Mandarin Oriental, Hawaii, in
If you would like notice of a career move considered
for inclusion in this column, contact Amy Drew Teitler, Senior
Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07094; fax:
(201) 319-1796; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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