Meetings & Conventions: People February 2002
By Terence Baker
Coffee With...Christa Salibo
Christa Salibo is an Irving, Texas-based meeting planner
for Accenture, which until January 2001 was known as Andersen
Consulting. The small team she is part of plans between 200 and 350
meetings and events per year, ranging in size from 10 to 2,500
people, in the Dallas, Ft. Worth and Austin areas. Salibo has been
in the industry for six years.
How did you get into meeting planning?
Initially, I worked for a small special-events company in Atlanta,
where I was responsible for sales and facilitation. Having a
knowledge of both proved invaluable. Then I worked for Andersen
Consulting in its human resources department, but I soon realized
that I wanted to get back into planning.
Does anything about meeting planning still
surprise you? Absolutely especially the abundance of
creativity that comes into play. There are just so many ideas out
there, and I love incorporating them into the planning of events.
Also, a nice surprise was how well the whole industry managed to
come together following the terrible events of Sept.
What is your workplace environment like?
I really have no office. I’m out at events a lot, and at other
times I find myself stuck in a corridor. We work in an area
occupied by a finance department. They’re very quiet, and we’re
not. I’m sure they think we’re out of our minds most of the
What do you do in your spare time? I
play the piano and compose music. I perform occasionally, and I
used to be in a band with my brother and sister. My style of music
is alternative-folk; my favorite musicians are Sarah McLachlan and
Natalie Merchant.ON THE MOVE
Lani joins Union Bank of California
Lisa Lani, CMP, has joined the Union Bank of California as
corporate events manager, heading up the 9,000-employee
organization’s newly centralized events management function. Lani,
a board member of the Orange County chapter of Meeting
Professionals International, is based in Los Angeles.
Nelson-Duerr starts at HarringtonSUPPLIERSDonna Brinson and Lisa Vieira Canada have new
posts at the 891-room Peabody Orlando. Brinson has been promoted to
director of sales, while Canada rejoins the hotel as national sales
manager, Northeast.Robert Kitchin and Katie Proven have joined
the Aberdeen (Scotland) Exhibition and Conference Centre. Kitchin
is in charge of the exhibitions market, while Proven will target
the international conference market.Mary Jo Lagesse, CMP, and Carol L. Wilke, CMP,
have formed Conference Management LLC, a conference and exhibit
management company based in Littleton, Colo.Arthur T. Lugo has been appointed manager,
group and incentive sales, at the Bermuda Department of Tourism. He
is based in New York City.Jeremy Marquard has been promoted at the
734-room Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. His new
title is national association sales manager.Tyler McDonald has been named director of
sales and marketing at the 800-room Hilton Austin, which is
scheduled to open in January 2004.David J. Sargent has been appointed director
of sales and marketing at the 863-room Westin New York at Times
Square, which is scheduled to open in November 2002.If you would like notice of a career
move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Jennifer
Philburn, People Page, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J.
07094; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Twana Nelson-Duerr has been appointed meeting planner at Harrington
Co., an association management firm based in Minneapolis, where she
will manage the Professional Liability Underwriters Society. Prior
to this, Nelson-Duerr worked for Stratyc, a dotcom owned by H.B.
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