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January 1999 People


  Coffee With&Alyssa Shipley

Alyssa Shipley

Alyssa Shipley is a meeting specialist for Amgen, Inc., a biotechnical company in Thousand Oaks, Calif. She started her career as a planner with Nestlé USA in 1995.

What is your best travel tip?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Actually, traveling through different time zones can be a real drag, so I just psych myself up for it. “Self, this is what time it is. Deal with it!”

How do you reward yourself for a meeting well done?
An adult beverage in first class on the way home. No, seriously, there isn’t always time for rewards, but I think it’s very important to recognize that you did well even if you’re the only one who recognizes it and properly commend yourself.

What’s your favorite “in a rush” meal?
An extra-hot Starbucks nonfat vanilla latté and an oat-nut scone to go.

What past experiences help you in your present position?
Since birth? All of them!

Pick a celebrity planning partner.
Robin Williams. He’s great at improvisation, which is a necessary skill when things go awry.

What movie captures the essence of meeting planning?
A few titles come to mind Psycho, Working Girl but the one that really fits is Father of the Bride. Planners are always running around like mad doing logistical things while the big event is going on. Next thing you know, it’s over and you never saw it.


Grey Separator LinePLANNERS

Ilene Hofing has been promoted to meetings director at Integrated Communications Corporation in Lawrenceville, N.J. Previously, she was the company’s senior project manager and has 11 years experience in the industry.

Rymark International, a meeting services company in Palm Coast, Fla., named Tom Pasha regional vice president. Pasha was previously employed with Marriott and Adam’s Mark, and spent more than 15 years with Hyatt Hotels.

Nancy Schelhorn Bennett, CMP, has joined the staff of the Alexandria, Va.-based American Physical Therapy Association as director of the meetings and expositions department. Bennett spent the past 10 years in national accounts with Marriott Corporation. She began her career in 1984 as APTA’s director of expositions.


  • Elizabeth McCormick Best has been promoted to corporate sales manager at the Omni Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati.
  • Joe Blake has been appointed executive director of of the Chapel Hill/Orange County (N.C.) Visitors Bureau.
  • Penny Graham has been promoted to director of sales at the Sutton Place Hotel in Vancouver, B.C.
  • Denise Lodrige, managing director of the Washington, D.C., worldwide sales office for Hilton, has assumed the additional task of overseeing the Atlanta and Florida worldwide sales offices.
  • Richard Payette is the new general manager at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal. n George Staikos has been promoted to director of food and beverage at the Hilton Short Hills (N.J.).
  • Timothy M. Strobl was promoted to director of sales for the Nashville Convention Center.
  • Gerard “Jordy” Tolletthas been named president of the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Mark Vaughan is the new director of marketing for the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
  • If you would like notice of a career move considered for inclusion in this column, contact Amy Drew Teitler, Senior Editor, M&C, 500 Plaza Dr., Secaucus, N.J. 07096; fax: (201) 319-1796; e-mail:

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