by Allen J. Sheinman | March 01, 2011

Lora J. Di Padova-Tannehill, CMP
American Society of Neuroradiology Being a planner in the medical field requires deft maneuvering in a Byzantine realm of rules and regulations. Among those who do it well is Lora J. Di Padova-Tannehill, CMP, director of scientific meetings for the American Society of Neuroradiology in Oak Brook, Ill., who was cited as Distinguished Meeting Professional of the Year for 2010 by the Professional Convention Management Association. M&C recently spoke with Tannehill about the award and the job.  

How did it feel to be honored by your peers? It was incredible. At the awards ceremony that took place this past January [during PCMA's Convening Leaders meeting in Las Vegas], it was great to share the experience with colleagues and mentors, and my husband and brother were there, too. It's just so nice to be recognized for your hard work.

What kinds of challenges do you face that other planners don't? Well, of course much of it involves compliance with med/pharma guidelines -- and there are always more new regulations coming our way. I deal with issues like when we can use an exhibitor's company logo vs. their product logo, and making sure the materials we're creating now comply with strictures likely to be in place later.

We've reported on problems such as working around busy physicians' time constraints. That's a big one. We need to keep up with when all the other medical/pharmaceutical meetings are taking place to avoid conflicts for our attendees. Try doing that while booking five years out!

So how do you relax after a hectic day? I have a 10-year-old son, and he keeps me busy. But I especially love to garden. It's a very soothing pastime.      

On the Move

PlannersAt S&A Event Services, a Bedminster, N.J.-based event-services agency, Suzanne Axt has been appointed senior event and account manager.

Greta FriedlundGreta Friedlund has been named senior account executive for Scotts­dale, Ariz.-based Hospitality Performance Network Global, a site-selection and meetings procurement firm.

Suppliers Jane Barrett has been hired as general manager of the 267-room Doubletree Hotel Boston Downtown.

In New York City, John P. Connolly has been appointed director of sales for the 288-room Flatotel in Midtown.

Jenna CryeAt Visit Baltimore,  Jenna Crye (pictured) has been hired to serve as sales development coordinator and Jen­nifer Quinn has been appointed convention marketing manager.

Fred Findlen
has been appointed general manager of the 422-room Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino in Incline Village, Nev.

The 622-room JW Marriott Indi­anapolis Downtown has hired Raymond Gilbertson as director of event management.

Jennifer Green has been appointed as senior sales manager for the Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau.

At the 357-room Hyatt Regency Aruba, Fred Hoffmann has been named general manager.

Steve Koth has been hired as account director for Canada and the Northeast United States for the 694-room Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort in the Bahamas. Koth is based in Toronto.

At the destination marketing organization Visit Newport Beach (Calif.), Amanda Kleim has been named national sales manager for Canada, Colorado, Los Angeles, Nevada, the Northeast U.S., Utah and Washington, D.C.

Karen LaffertyThe North Little Rock (Ark.) Visitors Bureau has named Karen Lafferty as sales consultant specifically to promote the city's hotels and facilities to the meetings and conventions market.

Based in San Francisco, Gary Murakami has been hired as director of regional sales, Western U.S., for MGM Resorts International.

John Solis has been named vice president of sales for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Cannon TarbetAt the Salt Lake (Utah) Convention & Visitors Bureau, Cannon Tarbet has been hired as director of convention sales.

Will Trokey has been named the Washington, D.C.-based national sales manager at Visit Charlotte (N.C.), the city's destination management organization.