by Allen J. Sheinman | June 01, 2012

Kevin Hinton 

Chairman-Elect, Meeting Professionals International

On July 1, Kevin Hinton begins serving a one-year term as chairman of Meeting Professionals International. A long-time executive in hotel and destination sales, Hinton also is executive vice president of Associated Destinations Worldwide, newly established by Associated Luxury Hotels International as a global sales arm to promote member destinations, hotels and convention centers to the U.S. and Canadian meetings industry.

What's the biggest challenge facing you as MPI chairman? Despite recent compelling validation of the importance and business value of face-to-face meetings, as well as the economic impact we create in communities around the world, we still lack a strong voice outside of the industry. We need to change that.
What are your thoughts about the GSA scandal? It's unfortunate that something wasn't done sooner to have prevented this wasteful spending of public funds. Those involved may have paid a high price by losing their jobs, but that's a reasonable consequence. What isn't reasonable is to categorize any destination based on an isolated incident; the repercussions can adversely impact local businesses and jobs. MPI members and most people within our industry know that there need to be business objectives for meetings. While specific measurement of outcomes may be challenging, the business and environmental impact of each meeting is important. If the select individuals who planned this meeting had taken that approach, we wouldn't even be talking about this right now.

How do yo spend your spare time? I enjoy reading The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Daily Beast -- it's good to get a balanced perspective -- and being a dad to my two young daughters. This year I've begun regularly practicing Bikram yoga and I love it!    




On the Move


Elizabeth Linn has been hired as strategic sales executive for the Twinsburg, Ohio-based meetings- management company Experient.

Lesley Kyle

Lesley Kyle, CMP, has left the Society of Plastics Engineers to launch her own social media, marketing and event management consulting firm, Open Mind Works Inc., in Carmel, N.Y.


Charles Beirne has been appointed general manager of the Long Beach (Calif.) Convention & Entertainment Center.

Tom Caradonio
At the Albuquerque (N.M.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tom Caradonio (left) has been hired as senior director of sales, and Serena Sullivan has been promoted to national sales manager for the Southwestern U.S. and the SMERF market.

The Hong Kong-based Langham Hospitality Group has appointed Anita Hemrajani as director of global sales–MICE.

Colleen Keenan

The Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Con­vention & Visitors Bureau has hired Colleen Keenan as sales assistant.

At the 138-room Courtyard by Marriott Maui Airport in Hawaii, Kaleo Kenui has been named general manager.

Paul Keogh has been appointed senior vice president, sales and client service, for the Ottowa Convention Center in Ontario, Canada.

At the 52-room Scrub Island Resort, Spa and Marina in the British Virgin Islands, Beth Lukens has been named group sales manager.

In Singapore, Chris Ong has been hired as general manager of the 415-room Pan Pacific Ningbo and 195-room Pan Pacific Serviced Suites Ningbo.

Gus Pine

The Greater Lan­sing (Mich.) Con­vention and Visitors Bureau has named Gus Pine, CTA, to the new post of vice president of regional partnerships.

Kristen Star has been appointed marketing manager for Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Adri­enne Tiritilli

In Chicago, Adri­enne Tiritilli has been promoted to assistant general manager–sales and services at McCormick Place.

Paul Toner has been named general manager of the 387-room JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina in Oahu, Hawaii.

The 650-room Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale has appointed Kimberly D. Wilson as general manager.

John Yeadon has been hired as director of sales and marketing at the 533-room Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.