September 01, 2003
Meetings & Conventions: People September 2003

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September 2003

By Terence Baker

  Coffee With... Jonathan Wolf, CHME

Jonathan Wolf, CHMEJonathan Wolf, CHME, is executive vice president of the American Film Marketing Association and managing director of the American Film Market, a trade show that brings the film industry together to develop and sell upcoming motion pictures. The annual show, which will next take place in November 2004, is held in Santa Monica, Calif., just outside of Hollywood. Wolf lives and works in Los Angeles.

How does the trade show work? It caters to the wholesale side of the motion-picture industry, and the exhibitors are production and distribution companies selling rights to everything from blockbusters to arts and genre films. Up to 7,000 attendees come to the show, which lasts eight days. We believe the show often allows films to be made that would not otherwise get made.

How do you coordinate concurrent screenings? We hold the show at the 340-room Loews Santa Monica. Exhibitors set up in individual hotel rooms, which also allows them to screen film trailers undisturbed. It takes us two days to move all the furniture out. We buy out the hotel for 15 days, and during that time no one sleeps there. We also take over all the city’s theaters to screen 400 or so films. If it were not a trade show, the event would be considered the largest film festival in the world.

How do you relax after the show? I love NASCAR, which comes to California twice a year. There are similarities between motor racing and film: They both need funding and sponsorship, and there is a lot of risk involved. My favorite driver is Mark Martin.

Grey Separator LineON THE MOVE


Klein builds future at architects’ association
Christine Klein has joined the Washington, D.C.-based American Institute of Architects as managing director, meetings. Her chief role is to create a centralized meetings department at AIA. Formerly, Klein was director, publications sales and marketing, at the Alexandria, Va.-based Society for Human Resource Management.

Hidalgo heads up meetings for engineering council
Kenita D. Hidalgo, CMP, has been named director of meetings and conventions at the Washington, D.C.-based American Council of Engineering Companies. Previously, she served as director of meetings at Printing Industries of America in Alexandria, Va.

  • Walden Agustin and Debbie Jordan have been named national sales managers at the San Francisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.
  • Jim Altfillisch has been appointed director of conference services at the 303-room Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Mo. Leigh Ann Gobber also was hired as director of group sales.
  • Nick Graham has been appointed sales manager for the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. He is responsible for the U.S. and Canadian markets.
  • Heidi Howeiler is the new director of sales and marketing at the 91-room Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie Falls, Wash.
  • Tove King has joined the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission as regional sales manager in the bureau’s Washington, D.C., office. Valerie Wilson was named director of national accounts, based in St. Louis.
  • Donna Lynn Nakai was announced director of event planning at the 1,310-room Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort on the Hawaiian island of Oahu.
  • Armel M. Reyes has been named director of group sales at the 198-room Hotel Palomar in San Francisco.
  • 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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