CONVENTION CENTERS & BUREAUS The Washington, D.C.-based International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus has selected Michael Gehrisch as its new president and CEO. Gehrisch, who will replace Ed Nielsen as the organization's top executive on February 1, was previously vice president of hotel sales for

At the Greater Pittsburgh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Craig Davis is the new director of convention sales. He most recently was director of sales with Aptech Computer Systems, a Pittsburgh company that makes hotel-based financial computer software. Anthony D'Alesandro and Andrew Ortale join the convention sales team as national sales directors. D'Alesandro previously was charter manager of the Gateway Clipper Fleet in Pittsburgh; Ortale was an account executive with Brede Exposition Services in Minneapolis.

There are several staff changes at the San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau. Lysa Lewin has joined the bureau as national sales manager, convention center accounts, responsible for scientific/engineering meetings that require the use of the Moscone Center. Lewin was previously with as regional vice president, sales and operations. Kenley C. Moy has been hired as national sales manager, convention center accounts, responsible for booking medical association conventions at the Moscone Center. He was formerly director of sales at the Hotel Monaco in San Francisco. Finally, Teresa Wong-Jones has been promoted to national sales manager, responsible for booking self-contained meetings with national scientific associations.

The San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Rachael Riggs-Nocera as its new Midwest national sales manager at the bureau's Chicago office. Prior to joining the bureau, Riggs-Nocera was regional director of sales for the Baltimore Area Convention and Visitors Association's Chicago office.

HOTELS AND TRAVEL At The Elliott, scheduled to open in the spring in Seattle as a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Audrey Fan has been named director of group sales. She had been senior convention sales manager at the East King County CVB. Also at the Elliott, Jodi Forslund has been named senior director of sales. She was formerly with the Sheraton Seattle as director of corporate sales.

At the Don CeSar Beach Resort & Spa in St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., Michael Chagnon has been named director of hotel sales. He will oversee sales and marketing for both the Don CeSar and its sister property, The Beach House Suite by The Don CeSar. Chagnon was most recently director of hotel sales at Marriott North in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Laura Walker has joined Boca Resorts Inc. as sales manager, responsible for meetings of 40 rooms or fewer for the Registry Resort and the Edgewater Beach Hotel in Naples, Fla. Walker was previously sales manager at the Radisson Beach Suite Resort in Marco Island, Fla.

The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers has appointed Mark D. Tunney director of sales and marketing. Before joining the Sheraton Chicago, Tunney was vice president of sales for, a company that provides Web-based meeting planning services headquartered in San Diego, Calif.

Andre Fournier has been appointed director of sales and marketing at The Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, and Dan Sierka has been named director of group sales. Fournier returns to Arizona from his most recent post as director of marketing for the Vail Cascade Resort in Colorado. Most recently, Sierka was the associate director of sales at The Boulders Resort in Carefree, Ariz.

Lilian Wagner has joined The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, as director of sales and marketing. She was formerly with the Park Hyatt hotel in San Francisco, where she held the same position.

At Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc., Cheryl Williams has been promoted to director of sales, Hawai'i. Williams will coordinate group and leisure sales for 10 Starwood properties in Hawai'i.

MEETING SERVICES J.J. Gubbins has been named the first CEO in the 25-year history of Euromic, a consortium of destination management companies in 27 countries in Europe and the Mediterranean region. Gubbins has spent 25 years with ITT Sheraton, now a division of Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc., where he was a corporate vice president and director of global incentive sales. Gubbins will be headquartered in Chicago.

After 18 years James H. Youngblood, executive vice president, science operations, is leaving the Dallas-based American Heart Association. He's headed for Boston, where he joins the North American Society of Pacing and Electrophysiology as CEO. Youngblood is also serving as the 2001 chairman of the board for the Professional Convention Management Association.