RONDA KEYS, CMP, CEM, CTA, is the new director of events for Inspired Event Productions,
located in Montgomery Village, Md. In this role,
Keys will draw from her more than 15 years of
hospitality experience to help clients create memorable special events.
HOLLY W. STEVENSON, CMP, is the new corporate meeting manager for Cross Country Education, a national continuing education company for
healthcare professionals. She oversees two national
conferences: the Rehab
Summit and the Psycho Therapy Networker Symposium.
Stevenson has experience
planning everything from
large-scale conferences to
smaller board meetings.
She also served on the MPI
Tennessee Chapter Board of
Directors for three terms.
COLLEEN PHALEN, CMP,
CEM, is the new executive vice president, program
development and meetings for DMAI. Phalen
will direct and manage all educational content
and operations for DMAI meetings, webinars and
certificate/credential programs. She will also play
a leading role in the development of DMAI tools
and resources. Phalen will be based in Washington, D.C.
ASIS International announced SHANNON
BURCH, CEM, as its new vice president, events and
business development. She will oversees the Annual Seminar and Exhibits, as well as overall business
development. ASIS is a worldwide organization for
security management professionals.
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While teambuilding is now a staple of many a meeting or event, today’s attendee
demands a little something more
experiential in a program.
John Chen, CEO and self-described
“Big Kid” at Seattle-based Geoteaming,
was a pioneer in the modern version of
these activities that cement relationships
and hone team problem-solving skills.
After a decade-long stint at Mic-rosoft, Chen was itching for a career
change at the beginning of the millennium, something that would tap into his
core passions of technology, adventure
and creating human change.
“An executive coach said ‘give me
a weekend and I’ll tell you exactly what
it is,’” Chen said. “So I wrote the entire
business plan for Geoteaming in a
Teambuilding has changed a lot since
he offered his first program in 2001.
“My first programs used a lot of
indoor initiatives, such as indoor rock
climbing, and then we eventually found
the geocaching program,” he said.
“Now we’re getting rid of the geocach-
ing equipment so we can run our entire
teambuilding program on an app.”
Geoteaming uses mobile technology
and gamification techniques to send
teams out on various points-based “mis-
sions,” capturing results via smartphone
or tablet photography and culminating
in an awards ceremony with a custom
slideshow produced by his staff.
His newest offering, iPlay, offers a
“turnkey” solution for venues or planners who want to run the program by
themselves, without the expense of
flying in Geoteaming staffers.
“We still have someone on deck
for that day in case they have any
problems,” Chen said. “They can have
a game that makes themselves look like
an expert, but for not as much money.”
Chen has handled up to 3,000
attendees, including at MPI WEC.
International named CHRIS
STEFFICH director of
operations for Eaglewood
Resort & Spa. The property,
located 30 minutes from
the Chicago Loop, features
295 guest rooms, an 18-hole
championship golf course
and 37,000 square feet of
space. Steffich was most recently the director of
food and beverage for Lockheed Martin Center for
EDD KARLAN has been
appointed director of sales
and marketing of Florida’s
Hilton West Palm Beach.
The 400-room hotel,
which recently opened,
offers 24,000 square feet of
meeting space and is connected to the Palm Beach
County Convention Center.
Karlan most recently led
the sales team at the Hilton Atlanta, a position he
held since 2007 and where he contributed to suc-
cesses such as being named the Hilton Sales Team
of the Year and Hotel of the Year in 2014. He began
his career with Hilton in 1989 as sales and event
manager at New York’s Hilton Westchester.
The Marriott AC Hotel Chicago Down-town named NICOLE CASALETTO its director of
sales and marketing. In her new role, Casaletto
will be responsible
for leading sales
strategies and initiatives for the hotel,
managing all group
room bookings and
and maximizing all
revenue streams. The
226-room hotel celebrated its one-year
anniversary in June.
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