PEOPLE IN THE NEWS Daniel Fenton joined the San Jose (Calif.) Convention and Visitors Bureau as interim president and CEO in July. He was formerly vice president and COO of the bureau, a position he held since 1996. He replaces Marian Holt McLain, who left the SJCVB after 11 years as its chief executive to serve as a convention/ tourism industry consultant.
Doug Neilson has been named senior vice president of convention sales for Core Communications, an Internet service provider specializing in the meetings/hospitality industry. Neilson had been with the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau as vice president of its convention division.
Bill Hanbury, president and CEO of the Greater Milwaukee Convention and Visitors Bureau, will leave the bureau on December 31 to head up the Official Travel Information Co., which will operate the International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureau's new for-profit Web site.
Michael Clarke, former director of sales and marketing of the Denver Convention Center Complex for facility-management giant SMG, has joined Atlanta-based events management company Nth Degree as director, eastern regional sales.
McGettigan Partners, a Philadelphia-based global meeting and incentive company, has hired Danamichele Brennen as chief technology officer of its newly established technology solutions group. Brennen will be responsible for design and implementation of technology solutions, including competitive technology analysis, Web and software engineering and integration, presentation and sale of technology products, evaluation of software development, and general advancement of technology strategy. She was formerly chief travel scientist at Rosenbluth Travel.
Wyndham International, based in Dallas, has named Mike Wylie as senior director of e-business in its effort to become an online hospitality industry leader. Most recently Wylie served in a similar role for Hilton Hotels Corp.
Also at Wyndham, Jacqueline Goldy was recently named director of incentive sales. Before joining Wyndham, Goldy worked for the Drake Hotel in Chicago as director of sales and marketing.
Kevin Rosa has joined The Cloister at Sea Island, Ga., as associate director of sales, primarily responsible for the corporate and incentive markets. Rosa had been with Maritz Travel Co., where he was account executive for Maritz Business Group Travel division.
Matt Brody has been promoted to sales director for Disney's BoardWalk Inn & Villas, adjacent to Epcot and the Disney-MGM Studios in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Brody will also oversee the sales team responsible for executive meetings at the Walt Disney World Resort.
Garry Abel has been named vice president of marketing for the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau. He had been Marriott International's national account executive in Philadelphia.
Andrea Greene and Shannon Gilbert have been appointed national sales managers for The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay (Calif.), on the pre-opening sales team for the resort, which is scheduled to open in December. Greene had been working as national sales manager for The Ritz- Carlton, St. Thomas (USVI). Gilbert returns to Ritz-Carlton after working in sales for La Quinta (Calif.) Resort & Club.
Jim DeKornfeld and Marlo Sims have joined HelmsBriscoe as regional directors in the Metro Washington, D.C., office. DeKornfeld had been director of national accounts for The Opryland Lodging Group. Sims served as senior account executive for Marriott International.
Leave it to a veteran event planner to write a soup-to-nuts book on how to do it right. Judy Allen, founder and president of Judy Allen Productions, whose clients include EMI Music Canada, Wyeth-Ayerst Canada Inc., and Marriott International, has put it all down in Event Planning: The Ultimate Guide to Successful Meetings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Conferences, Conventions, Incentives and Other Special Events (2000 Wiley & Sons, Canada).
Allen, a frequent speaker at meeting industry conferences, covers all bases from budgeting to site selection. Tip boxes are strategically placed throughout. Here's one example: "When renting an item such as a chocolate fountain, remember to include the cost of trained personnel to run it."
Planners will find Allen's appendices most useful; she includes sample cost sheets, payment schedules, and function sheets for meetings and incentive programs. Worksheets can be downloaded from the book's companion Web site (www.wiley.com/canada/event_planning), where visitors can also find more information about Allen.