Healthcare Organizations Renee Valles has been appointed director of professional programs for Medical Education Systems, Inc., a company offering professional education services to the pharmaceutical industry. Most recently, Valles was an independent contractor/consultant working on symposia and conferences; prior to that she was executive director of the Learning Group/Barnett International/PAREXEL, where she managed more than 150 annual programs, including conferences, seminars, training, and self-instructional programs.
Gladys M. Campbell, RN, MSN, has become the 28th president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). A member of AACN for more than 20 years, she is currently director of critical and acute care patient services at the Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
Claudia Sessions has joined The Hinman Dental Society of Atlanta as exhibits coordinator. She had been publishing sales manager with AmericasMart Atlanta, host of the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.
The Healthcare Financial Management Association in Chicago has appointed its 1997/1998 national officers. Ronald D. Anspaugh, FHFMA, is voluntary chairman of the board of directors. Anspaugh is director, Patient Financial Services Practice with Price Waterhouse LLP.
Convention Centers & Bureaus The Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau has named Katie Weber convention services manager. Most recently, she served as events manager for the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois.
Julie Feldman has been appointed sales manager for the Charleston (SC) Area Convention Center, scheduled to open by spring 1999. Feldman, who will handle large regional and national, had worked in the media and marketing department of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The New York Convention and Visitors Bureau has promoted Gene Christensen to director of convention sales. He had been manager of convention sales.
The Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau has announced two staff changes: Eddie Webster has resigned as president. Steve Stickford, vice president of convention sales and services, will serve as acting president while the board conducts a search for Webster's replacement. Ed Hall now serves as executive vice president and CEO. He had been vice president for tourism sales and marketing.
Kathleen Ratcliffe has been appointed executive director for the Jacksonville (FL) and the Beaches Convention & Visitors Bureau. Immediate past president of Meeting Professionals International, Ratcliffe joins from the Baltimore Area Convention & Visitors Association, where she was vice president of sales and marketing.
Corey Stark has been appointed director of sales of the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. He had been director of marketing for the Macomb Area (IL) Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau has appointed John Buck director, midwestern region sales. Buck, who will be based in the Chicago office, previously served as national accounts manager for the Sheraton Grande Hotel in Los Angeles.
Jennifer Guzzardi has been appointed convention sales manager with the Palm Springs (CA) Desert Resorts Convention and Visitors Bureau. Most recently, she served as assistant director of sales for the Los Angeles Airport Hilton & Towers.
Hotels & Resorts George Aguel has been elected to the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) board of directors. Aguel is the vice president of Resort/Park sales and services for Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.
Hotel Nikko in Beverly Hills, CA, has named Grace Duncan corporate sales manager, responsible for pharmaceutical accounts. She had served with the national sales office of Nikko Hotels International in New York as national sales coordinator/sales assistant.
Joseph C. Kramer has been named di rector of sales for the Doral Golf Resort and Spa in Miami. Most recently, he was director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Westshore in Tampa, FL.
Jeffrey Jones has been named director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Kuala Lumpur, which opens in December. Previously, he served as director of sales and marketing for Churchill Intercontinental London.
The Loews Santa Monica (CA) Beach Hotel has announced two promotions. Marna Wollman has been named national sales manager, responsible for the association market. She had been access manager. Assuming her former position is Sandra Lady, CMP, who had been conference manager.
Marci Zaworski has been promoted to director of sales, southwest region, for Princess Hotels International, Inc.
Zaworski, who will be based in Dallas, had been sales manager for the southwest region.
In preparation for its upcoming expansion, Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has reorganized its sales team. John Yaskin has been promoted to vice president of sales. He had been director of sales. Replacing Yaskin is Sally Gibbons, who joins from the Wyndham Anatole Hotel in Dallas, where she was director of marketing.
Marriott Lodging in Washington, DC, has announced three staff changes. Todd Clist and Ed Fuller have been named presidents, market management. Clist had been executive vice president. Fuller had been executive vice president and managing director. Fred Miller has been appointed vice president, Renaissance sales integration, responsible for coordinating sales of Marriott's newly acquired Renaissance, New World, and Ramada International hotel brands. Miller most recently served as vice president of retail sales at Renaissance Hotels & Resorts in Cleveland.
The Westin Atlanta Airport has appointed Max McElhaney director of sales and marketing. He had been director of marketing for the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, AL.
Linda Randolph has joined the Wyndham Safari Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, as director of sales and marketing. She had served as director of sales and marketing for the Sheraton Airport Plaza Hotel in Charlotte, NC.
The Westin Mission Hills Resort in Rancho Mirage, CA, has named Michael
O'Hearn director of conference and catering services. Previously, he served as director of conference and catering services for the La Quinta Resort and Club.
The Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego has appointed Rob Stirling director of sales and marketing. He had been associate director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Dallas.
Wyndham Hotels Corporation in Dallas has promoted Les Bentley to the newly created position of chief operations officer. He had been president of the Garden Division.
The Kingston Plantation in Myrtle Beach, SC, has promoted Sabena Robinson to director of sales and marketing. She had been associate director of sales.
The Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco has named Mark Allen director of sales. Most recently, he served as director of sales for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts at Fisherman's Wharf.
The Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta (GA) has appointed Don Jones director of marketing. Previously, he was director of sales and marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Newport Beach (CA).
Kirk Sugamele has been promoted to conference services manager of the Four seasons Resort Hualalai, in Kailua-Kona, HI. He had been evening manager at the resort's restaurant.
Meeting Services Dieter von Lehsten has been appointed to the position of North American sales/marketing representative for Incentag, a destination management company for southern Africa. Von Lehsten, who will be based in New York City, is also president of Diversified Destinations International, which represents DMCs in Europe, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, and South America.