CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAUS

At the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, Ronald W. Davis has been named senior vice president of sales and customer relations. Davis was most recently president and CEO of the Oakland (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Robert M. Lander has taken over as president and CEO of the Austin (Texas) Convention and Visitors Bureau, succeeding Ric Luber, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Lander comes from the Greater Phoenix CVB, where he was executive vice president.

The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau announces two recent promotions: Deborah Burleson is now director, national accounts — corporate/East Coast; and Lisa Parman has taken on the role of director, national accounts — corporate/West Coast.

Peter Hopgood has been appointed director of sales, Puerto Rico/Caribbean, at the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Hopgood was formerly director of sales at the Wyndham Old San Juan.

HOTELS, RESORTS, AND CONFERENCE CENTERS

Concurrent with Millennium Hotels and Resorts' relocation of its management headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York City, Paul T. Underhill has been given responsibility for U.S. operations, which includes 13 four-star Millennium-branded hotels. As president for Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the Americas, Underhill replaces Robert Morse, who has joined MeriStar Hotels & Resorts as president, hotel operations.

Keith Battaglia has been hired as director of sales for Benchmark Hospitality's The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was formerly director of sales for the World Trade Institute Conference Center in New York City. Also at The Chattanoogan, Traci Parker was appointed sales manager, responsible for the South, Southwest, and Midwest. Parker was formerly sales manager and operations manager for Summit Destination Services, where she worked at Benchmark Hospitality's Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

At JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort, Jane M. Chaney, CMP, has been appointed director of marketing. Chaney had been vice president of convention sales and services for the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau for the past three years.

Bruce Seigel has been named director of marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort, opening in summer 2003. He was formerly director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

At Sonesta Hotel & Suites — Coconut Grove, in Miami, scheduled to open in spring 2002, Gina Marcello has been named director of sales and marketing. Marcello, who has been with Sonesta since 1988, was most recently director of sales for the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne (Fla.). Succeeding her at the Key Biscayne property is Iris Acosta, who has been promoted from sales manager.

At The Partridge Inn in Augusta, Ga., Ron Patrick has been named director of sales. He formerly worked in sales and marketing for Bridgestone/Firestone Corp. The 156-room Partridge Inn is the first Georgia hotel selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for inclusion in the Historic Hotels of America collection.

MEETING SERVICES

Gregory Malark has joined HelmsBriscoe as senior vice president. He will have responsibility for HelmsBriscoe's Hot Dates Hot Rates and First Option divisions. Malark comes to HB from Delta Squared Consulting, a firm focused on brand building, strategic planning, and e-commerce. HelmsBriscoe, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., bills itself as a “conference resource” firm and offers online site selection, housing, and registration services.

The independent meeting planning firm Conferon, based in Twinsburg, Ohio, has appointed Shelley K. McLoughlin as national sales manager for its Boston office, where she will be responsible for the Northeast market. McLoughlin was previously sales director, meeting planning channel, for Passkey, the Internet-based housing firm.

IN MEMORIAM

Mac Cahal, who was the first CEO of the American Academy of Family Physicians, died November 14 in Prairie Village, Kan. He was 94. In 1950, Cahal started GP magazine, the predecessor to American Family Physician, and in 1970 he was awarded Honorary Membership, the AAFP's highest honor. Cahal served as CEO from 1947 until 1971.

Cahal was a founding member and second president of the American Association of Medical Society Executives and a founding member of the Professional Convention Management Association.