by Allen J. Sheinman | December 01, 2010

Tom Cupo
Chatta­noogan Hotel & Conference Center
This past June, Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen bestowed the Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award on the city of Chattanooga's innovative Green Lodging program, the brainchild of Tom Cupo, general manager of The Chattanoogan Hotel & Conference Center (with 199 guest rooms and 25,000 square feet of meeting space), working with the Greater Chattanooga Hospitality Association.  M&C recently chatted with Cupo about the program and  his love of the city in which he lives and works. 

What is Green Lodging? It's an initiative to encourage hotels, bed and breakfasts and other lodging facilities in our city to be sensitive to their impact on the environment, and to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint. It's a voluntary program, but for a property to be a certified member, it must submit to audits from an independent environmental consulting company called Skye Con, to ensure that all minimum standards are in place.

What practices does this include? We're talking about hotels offering optional linen service, recycling and reducing waste, conserving energy -- and the lessons we've learned can apply to any city. For example, local power suppliers can be great sources of ways to save energy and money. And we use a program that employs special-needs adults to separate materials for recycling; I'm sure such services exist all around the country. Our efforts are so successful, the Tennessee Hospitality Association has adopted it statewide as the Tennessee Green Hospitality certification program.

When you're not saving the earth, what do you like to do? I enjoy coaching lacrosse in a local school, and I just love this amazing city. Chattanooga has its own Riverwalk along the Tennessee River with hiking and bike lanes, and then there's the annual Head of the Hooch Regatta, featuring 9,000 rowers. Now that's a sight!

On the Move

PlannersKenneth D. Romero has joined Twinsburg, Ohio-based event-management company Experient as senior vice president, housing and customer services. Previously, Romero served as v/p of operations for Cygnus Expositions. He is based in Ver­non Hills, Ill.

Angela CoxNorthstar Travel Media, M&C's parent company, has named Angela Cox director, meetings and events, for the Meetings Group. Cox previously planned meetings for Neilsen business brands, including Successful Meetings; those properties are now part of the North­star Meetings Group.

Suppliers At the 661-room Swissôtel Chicago, Todd Brown has been hired as director of convention services.

Juan C Eche­varriaJuan C. Eche­varria (right) has been appointed marketing director of the 370-room Tulalip (Wash.) Re­sort Casino.

At the 390-room M Resort Spa Casino in Las Vegas, Alan Fields has been designated as national sales manager, West Coast and association accounts, and Brisa Villarreal has been appointed national sales manager, East Coast, and incentive travel specialist.

Annette Gregg has been appointed vice president, sales and marketing, at the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau in California.

The 910-room Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch has hired two new associate directors of sales. John Malkus will focus on the religious, multicultural and sports markets, while Frost Williams covers the fraternal and West Coasts markets for the property.

Michele MarseeMichele Marsee (right) has been hired as director of sales and marketing at the 319-room Naples Beach (Fla.) Hotel & Golf Club.

At the 1,409-room Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Fla., Thomas Petrillo has been named vice president/hotel manager.

John C. Rovie has been hired as director of sales at the 744-room Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.

At the 76-room Hotel Indigo in St. Petersburg, Fla., Terry Sam has been named general manager.

Steve Schopf has been appointed  group sales manager at the 293-room InterContinental Montelucia Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Angela SmartTeam San Jose has designated Angela Smart (right) as national sales manager for large association and corporate groups, Mid-Atlantic/Southeast territories. Smart is based in the organization's Washington, D.C., office.

Barry Zenk
has been appointed director of catering and events at the Las Cruces (N.M.) Con­vention Center.