HEALTH CARE Minnie Baylor-Henry, RPh, JD, has resigned from her position as director, division of drug, advertising, and communications, FDA. She has joined the Pharmaceutical Research Institute, a Johnson & Johnson company. Stepping into her shoes, at least temporarily, is Norman A. Drezin, RPh, JD, who now serves as acting director of the division. He had been deputy director. Tom Abrams has been appointed acting deputy director.
CONVENTION CENTERS & BUREAUS Stephanie Wilkes has been named national sales manager for the Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau. She will market Pasadena's meeting and convention facilities, including the Pasadena Conference & Exhibition Center, to medical groups around the country.
Phil Summers has joined the Nashville Convention Center as national sales manager. Summers was previously a partner with Techworks, an audiovisual provider in the middle Tennessee area.
Nancy Lewis has joined the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau as convention manager. Lewis was previously account executive for AVW Audio Visual, Inc.
HOTELS AND TRAVEL Bob Moore, current chairman of Meeting Professionals International, has been named senior vice president of sales and marketing for the North American division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, White Plains, N.Y. A 30-year veteran of the industry, Moore had been executive vice president of the Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau since 1996.
Chuck Floyd has been promoted to senior vice president of sales, Hyatt Hotels Corp., Chicago. An 18-year Hyatt veteran, Floyd was most recently vice president of sales for Hyatt. Christie N. Hicks has been promoted to vice president-national sales at Hyatt.
Jeanette Schulte (formerly Jeanette Jenkins) will assume the role of director of incentives for KSL Resorts Group, based in the company's West Coast regional sales office, representing all KSL-owned and -operated resorts, including La Quinta (Calif.) Resort & Club, where Schulte had been director of incentive sales. Her former position has been filled by Stan Hershenow, most recently associate director of sales at Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage (Calif.).
Mary I. Neister has been named director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Neister was most recently West Coast director of hotel sales at the Warner Center Marriott Woodland Hills, Calif.
D. Bradley Kent has been named vice president of national sales for Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, based in Dallas. He will be responsible for groups and corporate travel. Before joining Wyndham, Kent was director of sales-worldwide accounts for Hilton Hotels Corp. in Chicago, where he directed sales efforts toward medical associations and corporate and incentive groups.
Joe Critelli has been appointed senior national sales manager for the Opryland Hotel Florida, which will open in 2002, a quarter of a mile from Walt Disney World. Critelli was previously assistant sales director for Walt Disney World Resorts in Orlando. Mike Mason has been named director of sales for the hotel. Mason was previously director of sales for the El Conquistador Resort and Country Club in Las Croabas, Puerto Rico.
MEETING SERVICES Joe O'Brien, president of International Meetings & Incentives, Inc., has merged his company with Gray Consulting, Inc., of Philadelphia. IMI specializes in planning meetings and incentives in conjunction with special sporting events, including the British Open, Super Bowl, and NCAA Final Four, and particularly in the pharmaceutical market. Gray Consulting provides meeting and database management. Scott Gray is president of the newly blended company, Kathleen Murphy executive vice president, and O'Brien vice president, sales & marketing.
Health Learning Systems, the medical-education unit of CommonHealth, a health care communications resource, has hired Miriam L.. Slome and Joan V. Garcia as executive vice president, client services; and senior vice president, chief operating officer, respectively. Slome has 17 years of pharmaceutical-marketing experience, including a two-year stint at CommonHealth's founding medical-advertising company, Thomas Ferguson Associates (TFA). Prior to rejoining CommonHealth, Slome worked for seven years at KPR in New York. Garcia, who also worked at TFA for two years, most recently started Interactive Science Inc., the New Jersey-based education agency of Dudnyk Healthcare, where she served as senior vice president, executive director.