Bobbie Turner has been promoted to director of conventions and meeting services for the American College of Physicians — American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) in Philadelphia, the national organization of internal medicine specialists. In her new position, begun in June, Turner oversees a staff of eight, who produce 17 meetings a year, the largest being the ACP-ASIM Annual Session. Turner served as exhibits manager for ACP-ASIM from 1995 to 2002.
CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAUS
At the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau, Sally Henderson, director of sales, is retiring after 18 years with the bureau. Succeeding her is Lysa Lewin, who joined the SFCVB in October of 2000 as national sales manager, convention center accounts. Previously, Lewin was regional vice president, sales and operations, with Meeting-Makers.com. She had been associated with Hyatt Hotels throughout her career, including the Hyatt Regency San Francisco, the Hyatt at Oakland International, and the Hyatt on Union Square.
The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Mary Kay Hackley director of sales. Hackley, a Texas native, has been with the bureau for more than five years. In her new role, Hackley assists in overseeing the convention sales team responsible for booking meetings and convention business at the Austin Convention Center, the new Lester E. Palmer Events Center, and at hotels in the Austin area.
HOTELS, RESORTS, AND CONFERENCE CENTERS
Sonesta International Hotels Corp. has appointed David C. Fine to regional director of marketing at Sonesta Beach Resort in Key Biscayne, Fla. He will oversee all sales and marketing efforts at Sonesta Key Biscayne as well as Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove (Fla.) and the Trump International Sonesta Beach Resort, in Sunny Isles, Fla. (opening late 2002). Fine is the former vice president of sales and revenue development at Doral Golf Resort & Spa, Miami. Also appointed recently was Scott McAbee, national sales manager, at Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove, which opened in April. Before joining Sonesta, McAbee held various sales management positions at Doubletree Hotels of Miami.
At The Resort at Callaway, in Pine Mountain, Ga., Eric Opron has been named director of sales. The resort includes more than 96,000 square feet of meeting space. The Southern Pine at Callaway, a new conference center, will open in the fall. Opron was with Opryland Hotel in Nashville for the past 14 years in the conference services and sales departments.
Destination management company Global Events Partners launched GEP Philadelphia earlier this year. Michael Lyons will head up GEP Philadelphia as president and CEO. Lyons brings 28 years of industry experience with him, including executive positions with McGettigan Partners, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, EGR International, and Rosenbluth Travel.
Philip Mogle, 53, vice president of the Aristotle Institute, died on June 9 of complications from a cerebral hemorrhage. Mogle served for several years as chief operating officer of the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation. Before becoming COO of the Foundation, Mogle was a vice president at Marriott International. He is survived by his wife, Sandee; 16-year old twin sons, Mark and Matt; two sisters; and his 94-year-old mother.
Thomas Pearson, who was 2002 annual conference chair and had been named 2003 annual conference co-chair for the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education, died in June. Pearson was the director, professional education, American Academy of Dermatology, Schaumburg, Ill. Funeral services were held June 24 in Batavia, Ill.
Glen C. Ramsborg, PhD, launched The Ramsborg Group Ltd., based in Arlington Heights, Ill., in April. It offers educational planning to groups, meeting and event management, and production services. Ramsborg Group's first client was the National Student Nurses' Association, which held its 50th Anniversary Celebration and Alumni Reunion at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Ramsborg has lectured throughout the country. He is the author of Objectives to Outcomes: YourWith the Learner, published by the Professional Convention Management Association. Ramsborg was formerly director of programs and meeting services, American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Park Ridge, Ill.