Five new team members have joined the ranks of The Special Event Company in Cary, N.C. These include program coordinators, Whitney Freberg, CMP, and Jayne Regan; business development managers, Lana Calloway and Monica M. Smith; and event designer, Caroline Sewell.
Six Overland Park Convention Center staff members in Kansas have become Certified Meeting Planners.
“This is a monumental achievement for any individual in our industry,” says Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of the Overland Park Convention Center. “With approximately 140,000 sq. ft. of space, our building is a lot smaller than most big convention centers and with that comes a smaller staff, however we are fortunate enough to have added yet another talented and dedicated CMP to our team.”
Sam Toscano, CMP, has recently been appointed to sales manager for 1000 Island Harbor Hotel in Clayton, N.Y.
“Since opening a little more than two years ago, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, and consequently the destination, have seen a steady upsurge in visitors, conferences and weddings,” says Todd Buchko, general manager. “We’re thrilled to have Sam on our team to help manage the number of growing opportunities, and seek out more prospects that benefit both the hotel and community at large.”
Meeting Professionals International, the official sponsor of Smart Monday, has added five new programs to the inaugural day of IMEX America.
Paws for a Break
MPI is teaming up with Love Dog Adventures—a Las Vegas animal-assisted therapy program. Designed as a stress-reducing activity, several dogs will be present during Smart Monday for attendees to cuddle with. These puppy sessions are quickly becoming a hot new trend and have been featured in a number of World Education Congresses. Puppy Cuddling is sponsored by Visit Norfolk.
You think these connections will come naturally, but they require a surprising amount of skill.