Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

July 14 2014

People on the move

By PCMA

Kevin McAteer

Concord Hospitality Enterprises, Raleigh, North Carolina, has promoted Kevin McAteer to senior vice president, marketing and sales. McAteer previously was the company’s vice president, sales and marketing.

Phelps Hope

Phelps Hope is now Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions at Kellen Meetings, a business division of the Kellen Company.

David Dew

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has named David Dew senior national sales manager. Dew joins the DMCVB from the Meet Chicago Northwest Convention & Visitors Bureau in Villa Park, Illinois. Dew brings nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of positions in the hospitality and tourism industry to the DMCVB. His role will be to sell metro Detroit as a destination for meetings and conventions to the Chicago corporate and associations market. One of his primary focuses is the medical meetings market.

Gino Marasco

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has named Gino Marasco director of sales. With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, he will now be responsible for overseeing the group sales operation at the 2,265-room hotel. Prior to joining the hotel, Marasco led the sales teams at properties including The Hilton Orlando, The Loews Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Linda Edwards

The Kentucky State Fair Board has named Linda Edwards Vice President and General Manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Edwards, a longtime executive at the fair board, was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Edwards was responsible for booking nearly 400 events each year at both the convention center and the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Martin Knott & William Foster

MC2 announced that Martin Knott has joined the company as president of the southwest division, which includes Las Vegas, San Francisco and Kingman, Arizona. In addition, MC2 has promoted William Foster to vice president of the southwest division.

Rosa Harris

Rosa Harris has been named director of tourism for the Cayman Islands. Harris had served as interim director since last December, following the resignation of Shomari Scott. She has been with the Department of Tourism since 2006, when she served as the national promotions and events manager.

Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association

The Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association (HCEA) announced its officers and directors at the 2014 HCEA Annual Meeting, June 21-24, in Cleveland, Ohio. Diane Benson, CTSM, GE Healthcare, was inducted as President. Other 2014-2015 Board officers are:


President-Elect- Christine Farmer, Sanofi;

Vice President - Don Schmid, MBA, CME/H Hospira, Inc.;

Secretary/Treasurer - Christine DiDomenico, MBA; and

Immediate Past President - Sue Huff, Medtronic, Inc.

The Association's 2013-2015 Directors are:

Ann Marie Bermudez, Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.;

Cassandra Costello, Actelion Pharmaceuticals;

Carol Fields, CME/H, Edwards Lifesciences; and

Julie Wojda, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.

The Association's 2014-2015 Directors are:

Laine Mann, Pfizer;

Kyle Wood, Group Delphi;

Neketa Argrow, Alcon; and

Stacey Chandler, CEM, American College of Rheumatology.

The Association's Appointed Directors serving a one-year term are:

Teresa Lerch, American College of Physicians;

and Chip Carman, Blue Telescope.

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