Meetings & Conventions: People December 2000
EDITED BY JENNIFER PHILBURN
Coffee With...Janine Lauff, CMP
An industry veteran, Janine Lauff has held the position
of corporate meeting and event planner for 25 years at Bayer
Corp.'s headquarters in Pittsburgh. She worked her way up from a
secretarial position and now plans primarily for the polyurethane
division of the company, which produces a wide array of products
ranging from aspirin to polymers. Organizing events for a firm as
large as Bayer, with 23,400 employees worldwide, Lauff says she
rarely has time for herself and is thankful she has a supportive
team with whom she can share experiences and advice.
What surprises people most about your
Everyone thinks it's glamorous with all of the travel we get to
do, but it can be such a sacrifice of your personal time. People
don't realize that we might be working on multiple events at once.
We don't have 9-to-5 jobs. We bring our work home and even do it on
weekends. You need to have the right lifestyle for it.
How do you relax outside the office?
I walk my golden retriever, Trevor. I've had him for 11 years, and
I like to walk with him through the neighborhood or take him to the
park. It's always a challenge figuring out what I'm going to do
with him while I'm traveling.
Do you have a hobby?
I like cooking and reading. I don't have time to do much else.
Right now I'm reading a book called A Walk to Remember by
Nicholas Sparks, who also wrote Message in a Bottle, but I haven't
picked it up in a week. I like reading novels with romance and some
How do you deal with stress?
I laugh a lot. I'm pretty good at finding humor in situations. It
helps me when there is too much going on, the stress level is too
high and I realize I've got to take the work home or work later
hours to get it done. My philosophy is to think of positive things
How do you measure your success?ON THE MOVE
It gives me personal satisfaction when I receive thank-yous after
I've been able to save money or find reduced rates for my company's
travel. I hate public recognition. I'd rather be thanked privately,
because it's more sincere.• LINDSAY MORRIS
TRITSCH JOINS ASSOCIATION MANAGEMENT
Laurie Tritsch, CMP, has been named professional meeting planner
at the McLean, Va.-based Association Management Group. In her new
post, she will direct meetings for the National Association of
Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. Tritsch has 17 years of
planning experience at organizations including Conferon, the
American Geophysical Union and the Environmental Industries
WERTHEIMER MOVES UP AT STAR TRAXSUPPLIERSHolly Gandras-Smith has been promoted to
director of national sales for Loews Hotels' Los Angeles sales
office.Michael Holt has been appointed director of
sales at ExpoExchange in Atlanta.Peter Jubb has been named vice president of
sales for seeUthere.com, based in Santa Clara, Calif.Mark Marino has been appointed director,
incentive market development, for Fairmont Hotels & Resorts in
Chicago.Rebeccanne Meyer has been named director of
convention services at the Grand Rapids/Kent County (Mich.)
Convention & Visitors Bureau.Randy Miller has been appointed vice president
of sales and marketing for Universal Orlando, the parent company of
Universal theme parks and hotels.Roxy Stone has been named director of sales at
the Grand Hyatt San Francisco.Mark Theis was promoted to vice
presidentconvention division at the San Francisco Convention &
Visitors Bureau.Michael A. Valentino has been appointed
national sales manager at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in
Phoenix.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
Randy Wertheimer has been promoted to partner at Star Trax
Corporate Events. He was previously director of the Southfield,
Mich.-based meeting and event management firm, where he has been
employed since 1993. In addition to overseeing new business
development, Wertheimer will continue to plan meetings and events
for Home Depot, Sun Microsystems and other clients.
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