Cheryl K. Nordstedt, has retired as executive director of The American Academy of Dermatology after 25 years with AAD. She started in 1978 as director of the meetings and conventions department. During her tenure, the size of AAD's annual meeting has jumped from 6,500 attendees to more than 16,000. She served on the board of directors of the Professional Convention Management Association and she chaired its annual meeting in 1991. Nordstedt has established her own consulting firm, Targeted Strategies Inc., in Schaumburg, Ill., which offers consulting services to the association community and their vendor partners.

The Convention Industry Council has named David S. Radcliffe its Project Attrition Leader. Radcliffe most recently was president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau. CIC's Project Attrition will address the potential impact of attrition on meetings, conventions and exhibitions. The six-month project, which began April 1, 2003, will include a research study and integrated public relations and education campaign.

Rick Hughes is the new president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Greater Kansas. He replaces Wayne Chappell, who served as president from 1995 to 2002. Hughes was formerly with the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, serving as executive vice president/chief operating officer since 1999.