Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

May 22 2014

Members of the Move

The Greater Midwest Chapter
Congratulations to past GMC President David Almond, who was recently named Area Director of Sales and Marketing for Starwood Hotels. He is based at the W Hotels of Chicago. Dave previously was Complex Director of Sales and Marketing at Sheraton Chicago/Westin Chicago River North.

Kelly M. Fox, CAE, is now Vice President, Meetings and Events for the Institute of Food Technologisits. Most recently she was Director of Convention and Meeting Planning at American Veterinary Medicine Association.

Lyn Acocella-Bagley, CEM, CMP, was recently named Director of National Accounts – Midwest for Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort and Spa. Her previous position was National Sales Manager for Visit Charlotte.


Martin Heneghan has moved to Hilton Worldwide as Area Director of Sales and Marketing. He was the Director of Sales for the Westin Michigan Avenue.



David Causton, general manager of McCormick Place, was promoted recently by venue management company SMG to regional vice president of the company’s Convention Center Division. Causton, who has been with the center since 2004, will maintain his role as general manager of the facility.

The Greater Midwest Chapter welcomes the following new members:
Andrew J. Cook, MBA, Executive Director of Operations, Willow Creek Association
Jennifer Howie, National Accounts Director, Universal Orlando Resorts
Janet Kappel, Student, Moraine Valley Community College
Lindsay S. Kotas, Account Director, Starwood San Diego Metro Market
Tamara Pendley, CMP, Director of Meetings, NCREIF
Paul, L. Peterson, 1st Vice President
Matt Radenbaugh, CMP, Senior Sales Manager, Fairmont Hotel Chicago
Kawada Roberts, Coordinator, Global Meetings & Events, Baker & McKenzie
Amanda K. Senkbeil, Meetings Manager, American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
Ellie K. Sprague, Sales Manager, Visit Savannah
Phillip Timberman, Senior Sales Manager, The Allerton Hotel Chicago

Greater Midwest Chapter