Meetings & Conventions: People September 2000
EDITED BY LISA GRIMALDI
Coffee With...Evelyn Laxgang
On July 1, Evelyn Laxgang, CMP, began her yearlong term
as chair of the board for Dallas-based Meeting Professionals
International. Her day job is director of strategic programs and
events at Motorola in Schaumburg, Ill. Laxgang has been with the
company since 1981, but began her meetings career on the
association side, at the American Association of Oral and
What one thing about you would surprise most
I don’t think most people know that I didn’t have a college degree
until 1998. I started at DePaul in 1992 after running a department
for Motorola and hiring people with degrees. I was scared to do
How did you find the time for
They had a program where you could take courses on the weekend,
and I did one year that way. I finished half the coursework in one
year, but I was exhausted.
Were you planning to change jobs?
I thought I wanted to be a cultural anthropologist. I did a paper
on the environment in China. I sent it to the president of the
university, and the next thing I knew, I was on my way to China.
But in the end I decided I didn’t want to live in the jungle and do
field work, although I did learn that culture has a lot to do with
all of our learning styles. I’ve combined that knowledge into what
I do now.
What did you do after high school?
I went to work. I went through a lot of jobs, trying to find
myself before I landed at the American Association of Oral and
Maxillofacial Surgeons as an administrative assistant. I found that
I fit in. I started doing meetings, and I was good at
What was the last book you read?
The Lion’s Game by Nelson DeMille. It was a mystery thriller. The
author has a really fun writing style. It’s serious but also funny.
How do you relax? When I do have free time, I love to be home,
which is a little odd for someone who loves to travel. But
sometimes I just sit. We have a lovely porch where I like to sit
SARAH J.F. BRALEYON THE MOVE
JACOBSON JOINS CONFERON’S D.C.
Nicole Jacobson has been named account planner for the Washington,
D.C., office of Conferon, an independent meeting planning firm
headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. She has six years of industry
experience. Most recently, she served as the meetings and marketing
manager for the American College of Health Care
FREEMAN TO OVERSEE PLANNING AT
Melissa Freeman has been appointed marketing events coordinator
for Lastar.com, a cable connectivity provider based in Dayton,
Ohio. She will be responsible for all the firm’s special events,
meetings and trade shows. She has nine years of experience in the
RIVERA MOVES UP AT JUVENILE DIABETES
FOUNDATIONSUPPLIERSGeorge Bush has been named director of sales
at Nordic Hills Resort in Itasca, Ill.Rhea Campbell has been appointed national
sales manager at The Fairmont Hotel, Chicago.Melissa Gilbert and Mary Reed
have been named sales managers at Hershey Resorts in Hershey,
Pa.Deborah Graham has been appointed director of
sales and marketing at both the Hilton Rye Town in Rye Brook, N.Y.,
and the Hilton Tarrytown in Tarrytown, N.Y.,b>Joseph Hirsch has been named director of sales at the
Wyndham Drake Hotel in Oak Brook, Ill.Dick Martinez has been promoted from vice
president to senior vice president, convention sales, at the Dallas
Convention & Visitors Bureau.Hal Powell has been named director of sales
and marketing at Landsdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va.
If you would like notice of a career
move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Lisa
Grimaldi, People Page,
Patricia M. Rivera has been promoted from meeting planner to
director of meetings and travel for the New York City-based
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. She has been with the association for
16 years and with the meetings department for six.
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