Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 16 March 2009


Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 16 March 2009

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This week's edition includes:

*** The Short Self-Pitch (SSP)

*** Upcoming Conferences

1. Sr. Director, CEA Events and Conferences; Consumer Electronics

Association; Arlington, VA

2. Account Executive; Global Cynergies; Multiple Locations

3. DC National Account Executive; Meet Minneapolis; Washington, DC

4. Meetings Planner; American Statistical Association; Alexandria, VA

5. Sales Manager; Swank Audio Visual; Palm Springs, CA

6. Meetings Specialist; The Michigan Association of CPAs; Troy, MI

7. Meetings & Events Leader; Yum! Brands; Louisville, KY

8. Events Security Manager; Securitas Security Services; Redmond , WA

9. Regional Manager, Sites and Contract Services (Independent

Contractor); Meeting Expectations; Remote/Home Office

10. Senior Program Coordinator; National Business Group on Health;

Washington, DC

11. Director/ Vice President Convention Sales; Greater Springfield

Convention & Visitors Bureau; Springfield, MA

12. Sales Executive; Cvent; McLean, VA

13. Director of Sales; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL; Washington, DC

14. Hotel Performance Support Director; Choice Hotels International;

Silver Spring, MD

15. Corporate Director of Revenue Management; Crescent Hotels & Resorts;

Fairfax, VA

************* The Short Self-Pitch (SSP) *********************

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are looking for a job opportunity or offer free-lance services, send a

brief paragraph to sonjahepn@comcast.net. One SSP will be included each

week.

************* Upcoming Conferences *************

Do you know of an upcoming conference that the HEPN readers should be

aware of? Send the details to sonjahepn@comcast.net for inclusion in the

next newsletter.

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1. Sr. Director, CEA Events and Conferences; Consumer Electronics

Association; Arlington, VA

http://asi.careerhq.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3088474

2. Account Executive; Global Cynergies; Multiple Locations

http://careers.ises.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=553&jb=5087560

3. DC National Account Executive; Meet Minneapolis; Washington, DC

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=518&jb=5296798

4. Meetings Planner; American Statistical Association; Alexandria, VA

The American Statistical Association is looking for a Meetings Planner.

The Meetings Planner is responsible for planning, program logistics and

administrative support for meetings, symposia, conferences and

workshops. Attend annual meeting and other conferences as required to

provide services to members/registrants. Interacts with program

organizing/steering committees to set dates, schedules, budgets,

abstract/program management and publicity. Must have excellent

organizational, Multi-tasking, and time management skills; excellent

common office computer skills including Microsoft Access or similar

database experience; knowledge of budget management; strong site

selection and contract negotiation skills; excellent written and verbal

communication skills. Bachelor's degree. Minimum of two years meeting

planning experience with increased responsibility (some association work

helpful).

Salary commensurate with education and experience. Excellent benefits

(health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, 401k,

flexible work schedule).

Submit resume with cover letter and salary history to Lynn Aikens,

Lynn@amstat.org. EOE.

5. Sales Manager; Swank Audio Visual; Palm Springs, CA

http://www.mpiweb.org/cms/mpiweb/JobBank/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=7652

6. Meetings Specialist; The Michigan Association of CPAs; Troy, MI

Nonprofit professional Association, selected by Crain's Detroit Business

in 2007 as a Cool Place to Work, is seeking an experienced meeting

planner. Primary responsibilities include the coordination of logistics

for Association continuing professional education programs, trade shows,

and special events.

Requirements:

* Bachelor's Degree required; Certified Meeting Planner (CMP)

preferred

* Three to five years meeting planning/trade show experience

* Excellent hotel/facility negotiation skills and contract review

experience

* Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office and database

software

* Strong communication and organizational skills and ability to

perform in a fast-paced working environment

* Self-starter requiring minimal supervision

* Some (in state) travel required

Responsibilities:

* Research hotel/facility space for Association meetings, training

programs, and trade shows; perform site inspections to determine

suitability

* Negotiate facility contracts for programs according to Association

guidelines

* Develop and maintain strong relationships with facilities and

third-party vendors

* Arrange and execute program logistics including required room

set-ups, catering services/menu selection, audiovisual/stage design

requirements, security, overnights, and transportation

* Serve as liaison between hotels/facilities and Association staff

regarding arrangements for meetings and education sessions

* Review and ensure accuracy of facility banquet event orders and

invoices for conferences, trade shows, and special events

* Act as on-site manager for events as required

Great work environment and benefits package. Salary range $35K – $40K.

EOE

Send resume and salary requirements via e-mail, fax, or postal mail:

MACPA/Meetings

PO Box 5068

Troy, MI 48007-5068

Fax: (248) 267-3785

E-mail: sporter@michcpa.org

7. Meetings & Events Leader; Yum! Brands; Louisville, KY

Yum! Brands, Inc. is the world's largest restaurant company with more

than 33,000 restaurants in over 100 countries and territories and more

than 840,000 employees worldwide. Four of our restaurant brands — KFC,

Long John Silver's, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell — are the global leaders of

the chicken, quick-service seafood, pizza and Mexican-style food

categories respectively. A&W Restaurants is the longest running

quick-service franchise chain in America.

What makes Yum! a great place to work? It's our people. That's why we

invest in people capability so they can make the most of their career.

With a diverse workforce and ongoing opportunities for personal and

professional success, we've built a culture that rewards and recognizes

great effort while providing the work/life balance that is so important

to all of us.

Overview:

The leader of the meetings and events team is responsible for the

logistical design and execution of all high level Yum! global meetings

and events that support Yum!'s business strategy and objectives while

showcasing our culture.

Specific accountabilities include:

* Manage site selection of events and negotiation of hotel, food and

beverage contracts

* Lead strategy and design of all logistical details including

advance and on-site registration, meals, breaks, meeting room needs,

personal support to executives, management of on-site meeting office,

management of meeting staff, distribution of meeting gifts and materials

* Creation and management of specific meeting and event budgets

* Management of outside speaker contracts and identification of

speakers when needed

* Management of outside vendors who support specific meetings and

events

* Oversee all logistical details for Yum!'s participation and

involvement in annual Kentucky Derby event

* Direct and execute all logistical details for all Yum! Board of

Director and Partner Council Meetings

* Support Yum!'s Chairman and CEO and other executive Yum! leaders

in all executive events and meetings as needed

* Utilize external knowledge of recent meeting trends to educate

internal executive team and drive breakthrough events

* Ability to travel approximately 20% domestically throughout the

year

Reporting Relationships

The position reports to the leader of Yum! Internal Communications

within the Yum! Public Affairs function. There are 2 direct reports —

a senior meeting planner and a meeting coordinator.

Experience:

The person selected for this position should have 5 plus years of proven

industry experience designing, implementing and managing corporate

meetings with a proven, documented record of success. Experience

interacting with top executive level leaders including the CEO is

required. Hotel sales, convention service or hotel catering experience

with high level properties is acceptable. A working knowledge of food

and wines is necessary. Knowledge of current trends and practices in

meetings is also needed to help influence key stakeholders in driving

agendas and to grow the team. Experience planning global events with an

understanding of diverse, international cultures. Degree is preferred.

Please submit resumes to yumrecruiting@yum.com

8. Events Security Manager; Securitas Security Services; Redmond , WA

http://www.mpiweb.org/cms/mpiweb/JobBank/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=7651

9. Regional Manager, Sites and Contract Services (Independent

Contractor); Meeting Expectations; Remote/Home Office

http://www.mpiweb.org/cms/mpiweb/JobBank/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=7648

10. Senior Program Coordinator; National Business Group on Health;

Washington, DC

Organizational Overview:

The National Business Group on Health, the nation's leading non-profit

organization representing large employers on health care and related

worksite issues seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Senior

Program Coordinator within its Institute on Health, Productivity, and

Human Capital. The Business Group is comprised of over 300+ members,

mostly Fortune 500 companies, including the nation's most successful

managers of health care and other benefit programs. A 501(c)(3)

organization, The Business Group has been active since 1979 in private

and public sector efforts to improve health care delivery. The Business

Group offers competitive salaries based on experience and education and

has competitive benefits for employees including a 200% 403B employer

match, tuition reimbursement, 100% public transportation subsidy,

generous PTO and a flexible work schedule. For further information, see

http://www.businessgrouphealth.org.

Position Description

The Senior Program Coordinator works with the Director and staff of the

Institute on Health, Productivity, and Human Capital (IHPHC) to support

and advance the Institute, a forum that actively engages large employers

in thought leadership, problem solving, and the development, testing,

refinement, and dissemination of competitive population health,

productivity, and organizational performance solutions. The Senior

Program Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day planning and

management of the Institute's annual conference (attracting 500-700

participants each year) and IHPHC Board meetings, assisting with

research and development for Institute tools and deliverables, and

administrative support of the Institute, including EMPAQ®. All IHPHC

staff members work with a Board comprised of Fortune 500 employer

representatives and strategic partners (non-employer representatives) to

drive the Institute's agenda. This position is based in Washington, DC.

Primary Responsibilities

* ¨ Work closely with the IHPHC Director and an outside meeting

planner to coordinate and organize all aspects of the annual conference

to include, but not limited to, call for presentations, sponsorship

development, program development, continuing education planning, and

on-site event coordination.

* ¨ Research and summarize pertinent literature, liaise with

committee members in support of health, productivity, and human capital

initiatives, and assist with the organization of committee materials and

events.

* ¨ Organize contract and invoice management for IHPHC and the

National Conference.

* ¨ Manage a wide range of assigned projects from concept to

completion with minimal -moderate supervision, including coordination of

communications with members.

* ¨ Lead planning of regular IHPHC Board meetings and project

conference calls. Work with IHPHC staff and the Business Group Senior

Meeting Planner to coordinate meeting logistics as well as materials

management and distribution.

* ¨ Develop and maintain a standardized process for IHPHC meeting

planning for both Board meetings and conferences, from concept

development through delivery & follow up.

* ¨ Develop familiarity with EMPAQ® and benchmarking in general in

order to effectively provide first line help desk support to employer

members and their data partners.

* ¨ Research and formulate answers to member questions/needs,

working with functions across the organization as needed.

.¨ Represent IHPHC at Institute meetings and internal events and

ensure appropriate follow up.

Qualifications

* ¨ Bachelor's Degree required in health or benefits related field.

* ¨ 3-4 years of progressively responsible experience in project and

meeting coordination in a health-related field. Experience working with

large scale events and/or marketing a plus.

* ¨ Outstanding organizational skills with proactive management.

* ¨ Superb writing and editing skills with extensive writing

experience.

* ¨ Knowledge of employee benefits programs, wellness and health

promotion programs preferred.

* ¨ Knowledge of health information systems and benchmarking a

definitive plus.

Required Skills

The ideal candidate should possess the following:

* ¨ Experience with project development and implementation is

preferred over experience in research.

* ¨ High degree of self-motivation, organization, attention to

detail, judgment, and proactive, problem solving ability.

* ¨ Exceptional ability to set goals, measure progress, and meet

deadlines, while managing multiple projects simultaneously.

* ¨ Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A writing

sample will be required from top candidates.

* ¨ Display high professional standards in all aspects of work and

handle sensitive information confidentially.

* ¨ Demonstrated ability to learn new subject matter quickly and

become conversant on the subject.

* ¨ Excellent internal & external customer service skills and able

to work collegially across the organization.

* ¨ Outstanding interpersonal skills and the ability to work

effectively not only independently but also with a multi-faceted

internal team and a diverse external community.

* ¨ Highly computer literate, with a strong working knowledge of MS

Office Suite software.

* ¨ Strong work ethic.

* ¨ Some domestic travel is required. (5-10%).

Qualified candidates can submit a cover letter, salary requirements and

resume to:

David Fogle

Vice President Finance & Administration

National Business Group on Health

50 F Street, NW

Suite 600

Washington, DC 20001

HR@businessgrouphealth.org

11. Director/ Vice President Convention Sales; Greater Springfield

Convention & Visitors Bureau; Springfield, MA

http://careers.hsmai.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3089824

12. Sales Executive; Cvent; McLean, VA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27838151&jobSummaryIndex=51&agentID=

13. Director of Sales; MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL; Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27844951&jobSummaryIndex=0&agentID=

14. Hotel Performance Support Director; Choice Hotels International;

Silver Spring, MD

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27842536&jobSummaryIndex=1&agentID=

15. Corporate Director of Revenue Management; Crescent Hotels & Resorts;

Fairfax, VA

Crescent Hotels & Resorts, a high growth, dynamic & nationally

recognized, owner & operator of hotels & resorts throughout the US and

based in Northern Virginia (Fairfax) is selectively searching for a

Corporate Director of Revenue Management. This individual will be

responsible for assisting portfolio properties in analyzing short and

long term forecasting, monitoring and analyzing trends in group and

transient inventories to include occupancy, rates, product line and

strategic sales goals, provide recommendations for revenue enhancements

through revenue management and yielding strategies, and develop

strategies to leverage competitive set intelligence. This is a newly

created position, and will report to the Senior Corporate Director of

Revenue Management. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience

with travel industry reservation systems and hotel property management

systems as well as knowledge of multiple brand systems and software

programs. Frequent travel is required. Please forward resumes to Laura

Warner, Corporate Director of Human Resources, Crescent Hotels &

Resorts, at lwarner@chrco.com.

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