Meeting Professionals International has named Katie
Callahan-Giobbi as executive vice president of its MPI Foundation
and strategic partnerships. Callahan-Giobbi comes to the
association from LA Inc., the convention and visitors bureau of Los
Angeles, where she was senior vice president of sales, service and
membership. She assumes the position previously held by David
DuBois, CMP, CAE, who is now the president and CEO of the Fort
Worth (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau. At the same time, MPI
promoted Didier Scaillet to vice president of global development
and announced the creation of a new position, director of sales and
EMEA (Europe/Middle East/Africa) partnership development. In other
association news, in order to take MPI in a new direction, five
high-level staffers were terminated last week. From the Dallas
office, Paula Nourse, director of marketing; Dawn Myers, director
of research; Kelly Joslin, business analyst; and Edjuan Bailey,
vice president, marketing and brand management, were let go. John
Oliver, the regional advertising director who worked out of his
home in Birmingham, Ala., also was terminated.
JetBlue Airways has announced a new customer "bill of rights"
designed to win back passengers after a weeklong operational
collapse following the Feb. 14 ice storm on the East Coast. The
airline promises to deplane travelers if an aircraft has been
ground-delayed for five hours and to notify flyers of delays and
cancellations in the future. Also, vouchers will be provided to
compensate JetBlue customers for delays longer than 30 minutes.
JetBlue made its new policies retroactive to cover passengers
affected by last week's failures. The carrier also is forming a
customer advisory council and reviewing its operations. On Monday,
the airline canceled another 23 percent of its scheduled flights --
including service to Nashville, Houston, Pittsburgh and Columbus
among other destinations -- as it attempts to recover.
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events has
decided to hold its eMERGE: E2 Tech Showcase on Dec. 10, the first
day of the 2007 Expo! Expo!, IAEE's annual meeting and trade show
at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. The new one-day
event focuses on how organizations can select and integrate
innovative technology tools with their existing systems and
operations. Previously, the tech event was to be held on April
25 in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. Green Building Council is moving its 2007 annual
convention and trade show, Greenbuild, from Los Angeles to Chicago
after LA Inc., The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau,
asked USGBC to change the show's dates for the second time in two
months. In January, USGBC agreed to switch dates for Greenbuild
from October to November in order to accommodate "a business
development opportunity" for LA Inc., according to Peter Templeton,
vice president of education and research for USGBC. In early
February, Templeton said, LA Inc. told the USGBC that it could no
longer accommodate Greenbuild until December. "We felt another date
change would be detrimental to Greenbuild, and our ability to serve
our members and our sponsors," Templeton said. "A venue change for
2007 became our only option." In a statement, Katie
Callahan-Giobbi, LA Inc.'s outgoing senior vice president, said:
"L.A. simply wasn't able to provide the U.S. Green Building Council
with their desired meeting dates. Everyone in Los Angeles would
really like to have this group in our city." The Greenbuild
International Conference and Expo will be held Nov. 7-9, one of the
first major shows to be held in the new West Building of Chicago's
Construction crews have begun work at Pittsburgh's David L.
Lawrence Convention Center, repairing damage caused when a large
slab of concrete collapsed on the second floor earlier this month.
Although there still is no official word on a reopening date, the
Sports & Exhibition Authority, owner of the center, will hold a
press briefing today regarding the independent safety review
conducted by several outside firms.