Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 31 August 2009


Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 31 August 2009

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This week's edition includes:

*** The Short Self-Pitch (SSP)

*** Upcoming Conferences

1. National Meeting and Events Planner; YMCA of the USA; Chicago, IL

2. Meeting Planner; National Athletic Trainers' Association; Dallas, TX

3. Professional Development Intern; The American Camp Association; New

York, NY

4. Manager, Planning and Creative Development; PRIME Strategies Inc.;

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

5. Exhibition Assistant; American Academy of Ophthalmology; San

Francisco, CA

6. Assistant Manager, Event Development; The Ohio Society of CPAs;

Dublin, OH

7. Meeting Planner; WJ Weiser & Associates, Inc.; Schaumburg, IL

8. Program/Events Coordinator; USA Film Festival/Dallas; Dallas, TX

9. Conference and Meeting Support Specialist; CACI; Arlington, VA

10. Senior Events / Conf Planner; American Red Cross; Washington, DC

11. Meetings (On-Site) Fall Internship ; Council on Foreign Relations;

Washington, DC

12. Public Programs / Seminars Intern; Meridian International Center;

Washington, DC

13. Fall Event Planning Internship at Nonprofit; NCCNHR: The Natl

Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care; Washington, DC

14. VP Convention Sales and Services; Washington Convention and Tourism

Corp.; Washington, DC

15. International Convention Sales Manager; Washington Convention and

Tourism Corp.; Washington, DC

16. MANAGER, CORPORATE ONLINE SERVICES; HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION;

McLean, VA

17. ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – MEETINGS & TRAVEL; American Diabetes

Association; Alexandria, VA

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

The HEPN offers a special feature: the Short Self-Pitch (SSP). If you

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. National Meeting and Events Planner; YMCA of the USA; Chicago, IL

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=518&jb=5888620

2. Meeting Planner; National Athletic Trainers' Association; Dallas, TX

http://www.jobtarget.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=518&jb=5893608

3. Professional Development Intern; The American Camp Association; New

York, NY

The American Camp Association (ACA-NY) is a non-profit organization

focused on working with camp professionals to share our knowledge and

experience and to ensure the quality of camp programs. As a professional

development intern you will play an integral part of this process.

Although this is a small organization, there is a lot happening at once

so the ability to multi-task is crucial. The majority of this internship

will be geared towards all aspects of event management. However, some

days will be spent researching a variety of specialty camps online,

creating databases, and contacting members. Basic computer skills are

necessary (word, outlook, excel).

ACA-NY is a casual environment but professionalism is expected. If

you're interested in learning about event management or how non-profit

organizations operate and are looking for someplace to work hard but

have fun then this internship is for you.

Please contact Scott Rothschild with any questions at scott@aca-ny.org

Also, check out the website http://www.aca-ny.org/ for more information

about the organization.

4. Manager, Planning and Creative Development; PRIME Strategies Inc.;

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

PRIME Strategies is an incentive travel, conference, hospitality and

event management company that services a global clientele. PRIME offers

a full range of event management services and we are Canada's only full

service incentive and meeting planning company west of the Canadian

Rockies!

This individual must have senior level planning experience, plus

demonstrated success in managing and developing a well established,

highly professional planning team. The ability to apply superior

budgeting competence is critical, combined with strong attention to

detail to audit all outgoing proposals for consistency and accuracy. It

requires meeting planning expertise, balanced with creativity and

conceptual thinking. This individual is a creative proposal writer and

budgeting superstar, who develops new projects and provides overall

direction to PRIME's planning and development team members and

processes. Event and program planning includes writing and creating

detailed program destination and hotel recommendations, researching,

costing, budgeting, and critical assessment of dates, times, pricing,

viability and functionality of quotations. It includes an extensive and

disciplined sourcing, selection and venue contracting process. It finds

location support and equipment, hotels, permits, transportation and

other vendors as required.

To apply for this opportunity or for more information, please visit our

website www.primestrategies.ca

Contact: Jamie Millar-Dixon

Phone: 604-689-3446 Ext. 310

Fax: 604-689-4486

careers@primestrategies.ca

http://www.primestrategies.ca

5. Exhibition Assistant; American Academy of Ophthalmology; San

Francisco, CA

http://careers.mpiweb.org/c/job.cfm?site_id=8168&jb=5894692

6. Assistant Manager, Event Development; The Ohio Society of CPAs;

Dublin, OH

The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants, located in central

Ohio, is a professional association dedicated to advancing and serving

the accounting profession.

The Society is seeking a full-time Assistant Manager, Event

Development. Responsibilities of the position include:

*Development/management of continuing education conferences

*Working with member volunteers on program development

*Working with hotels/conference centers on logistics, F&B, AV

preparation

*Position will require travel

The ideal candidate must possess:

*Event planning experience

*Experience working with volunteers

*Superior communication and organization skills

*Proven ability to complete projects on time and on budget

*Creativity in solving problems

*A Bachelor's degree and at least one year of work experience is

required.

Please provide resume, including salary requirements to

jlee@ohio-cpa.com.

Jane Lee

Manager, Education & Training

The Ohio Society of CPAs

535 Metro Place South

P.O. Box 1810

Dublin, OH 43017-7810

7. Meeting Planner; WJ Weiser & Associates, Inc.; Schaumburg, IL

Company Overview

WJ Weiser and Associates, Inc. is a fast growing, well established, full

service Association Management Company currently providing comprehensive

service management for over 40 medical specialty and sub-specialty

societies. Great office environment with full complement of personnel

and equipment resources. Excellent growth opportunities. Visit our

website at http://www.wjweiser.com/

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package including

medical and dental insurance, with a 401(k) similar program. We are an

EOE M/F/D/V employer.

Meeting Planner

Seeking motivated and enthusiastic individual to join its meetings

department. Full meeting management responsibilities, from inception to

completion, for several conferences annually. Duties include site

selection, budgeting, promotion, logistics, selection and negotiation

with vendors, event planning, registration, trade show logistics and

management, cost control, and billing reconciliation. We are looking for

a creative professional with proven experience planning meetings and

events, managing multiple projects, and interacting with senior

management.

Job Requirements

*Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience and 5+ years

experience planning meetings and events in the Travel & Meeting Industry

and/or Hospitality and Conference Industry

*CMP preferred

*Must be able to multi-task, be detail oriented, have strong

organizational, project management, and customer relation skills

*Travel Required

Please send resume, and cover letter that MUST include salary

requirements to:

Human Resources, WJ Weiser & Associates

Two Woodfield Lake

1100 E Woodfield Road, Suite 520

Schaumburg, IL 60173

or email at info@wjweiser.com

8. Program/Events Coordinator; USA Film Festival/Dallas; Dallas, TX

http://careers.ises.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=553&jb=5893528

9. Conference and Meeting Support Specialist; CACI; Arlington, VA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28358402&jobSummaryIndex=5&agentID=

10. Senior Events / Conf Planner; American Red Cross; Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28472927&jobSummaryIndex=40&agentID=

11. Meetings (On-Site) Fall Internship ; Council on Foreign Relations;

Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28471087&jobSummaryIndex=44&agentID=

12. Public Programs / Seminars Intern; Meridian International Center;

Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28445277&jobSummaryIndex=88&agentID=

13. Fall Event Planning Internship at Nonprofit; NCCNHR: The Natl

Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care; Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28407562&jobSummaryIndex=120&agentID=

14. VP Convention Sales and Services; Washington Convention and Tourism

Corp.; Washington, DC

Overview:

The VP of Convention Sales & Services is responsible for creating and

implementing all of the strategies and tactics of the sales department

to promote and sell Washington, DC and its show facilities i.e. The

Walter E. Washington Convention Center to conventions and tradeshows in

a manner that maximizes the economic impact on the area. This Senior

Staff position has the support of a Director of Sales and Director of

Convention Services. In addition to the key support staff mentioned,

this position has reporting to it the following: Convention Services

Team, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Managers, Convention Sales

Managers (including SMERF sales), Conference Sales Manager, Corporate

Sales Manager and an administrative support team comprising of an

Executive Assistant and three Convention Sales Assistants.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Sustains ongoing, tangible evidence of market penetration

utilizing all sales tools and techniques.

2. Develops focused account selling strategy; determines competitor

business and pursues accordingly.

3. Establishes sales policies and procedures designed to maximize

revenue for the community.

4. Manages sales effort on a day-to-day basis; ensures that sales

staff is strategically progressing; develop and sustain measures of

accountability via goals, rap sessions, etc.

5. Designs and manages hotel tracking program that outlines the

bureau sales effort on a monthly basis; produces monthly sales activity

report and sales production reports.

6. Monitors convention center booking progress to ensure

accomplishment of annual production goals.

7. Contributes to the booking pace; establishes specific annual room

night goals; solicits association meeting and convention business

through a variety of methods including sales and trips, attendance at

trade shows and site inspections.

8. Implements pre-convention and post-convention meetings for all

citywide events; attends as many in-house pre-convention meetings as

possible.

9. Submits annual budget proposal, outlining promotion direction for

next fiscal year; also outlines advertising strategy; adheres to the

sales segment of the annual budget.

10. Acts as spokesperson on meeting/convention efforts for the Bureau.

11. Maintains relationship with membership; ensures bureau membership

privileges are represented to planner and conference participants.

12. Communicates with the sales directors of hotels and strives to

understand hotels' sales strategies by conducting regular meetings.

13. Develops and maintains positive rapport with political public

sector; participates in programs/events that will enhance working

relationships.

14. Manages the Convention Committee with its Co-Chairs and implements

the directives agreed to by the committee.

Experience, Competencies and Education:

1. Minimum ten (10) years management experience in related field,

preferably convention bureau, facility or hotel sales and convention

services

2. Advanced Degree from four-year college or university (preferred),

however a minimum of a BS/BA degree is required.

3. Extensive knowledge of sales techniques and proven competence in

sales

4. Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide

leadership.

5. Superior organizational skills and attention to detail

6. Willingness to work evenings and weekends; willingness to travel.

7. Extensive knowledge of and enthusiasm for city and facilities

8. Technical proficiency with Microsoft Office and destination

management software systems required.

9. Experience in supervision with proven ability to recruit, train

and develop staff.

10. Knowledge of budget development.

Compensation: Competitive salary.

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, and 401(k) available.

Relocation negotiable.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kimberly Skrinak, via email

to hr@destinationdc.com.

About Destination DC:

Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the

nation's capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of

nearly 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier

global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special

emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

15. International Convention Sales Manager; Washington Convention and

Tourism Corp.; Washington, DC

Overview:

The promotion of Washington, DC as a meeting destination to the

international market. Develop, solicit and book international

conventions and meetings.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1. Develop, administer and manage international and marketing

programs, projects, special events and overseas relations including but

not limited to sales missions, educational trips, and tradeshows.

2. Develop positive and effective relationships between Destination

DC and local/regional members to strengthen linkages and produce

mutually beneficial results.

3. Lead and participate in efforts to and improve the destination's

image and develop new initiatives for the promotion of Washington, DC

around the world.

4. Oversee and conduct regular meetings with members for the purpose

of developing and maintaining a target list of international accounts

who have the potential to meet in the DC area.

5. Direct regular meetings for the purpose of involving Destination

DC members in sales missions, educational trips, tradeshows and other

activities designed to bring additional international meeting to the DC

area.

6. Meet annual sales goals as established by the Vice President of

Sales and Convention Services.

7. Perform any additional duties as may be assigned by Vice President

of Sales and Convention Services.

Experience, Competencies, and Education:

1. College graduate with minimum five years hospitality industry

experience required.

2. Sales & marketing experience an asset.

3. Excellent organizational/multi-tasking skills are important.

4. Must have working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint

and the Internet.

5. Ability to travel abroad and excellent knowledge of destination a

must.

6. Prefer candidate to have some experience handling international

group business.

Compensation: Competitive salary.

Medical, Dental, Vision, Life, Disability, and 401(k) available.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Kimberly Skrinak, via email

to hr@destinationdc.com.

About Destination DC:

Destination DC, the lead destination marketing organization for the

nation's capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization of

nearly 1,000 businesses committed to marketing the area as a premier

global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special

emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.

16. MANAGER, CORPORATE ONLINE SERVICES; HILTON HOTELS CORPORATION;

McLean, VA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28487912&jobSummaryIndex=0&agentID=

17. ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR – MEETINGS & TRAVEL; American Diabetes

Association; Alexandria, VA

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=28486337&jobSummaryIndex=1&agentID=

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