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Mice Net : February 2010
LOCHLAN MCLACHLAN MARKETING MANAGER RYDGES BELL CITY What did you want to be when you grew up: An actor. Your first job: Candy bar assistant at the National Theatre, St Kilda when I was 14 years old. Your first pay packet: $50 a shift. Your first break: Catering manager of the British Museum in London in 1987. Describe your current role: I manage the marketing function of an 827 room hotel [and] 21 conference rooms all encompassed within six brands. The best part of your job: PR, marketing and a diverse, varied product that makes every day different and interesting. The worst: Nothing wrong with the job but the travel time from home is longer than I'd like. Who has inspired you: The GM who gave me the opportunity to be sales and marketing manager for Novotel Launceston, Joleen Hurst, because she constantly believed in me and challenges me to strive to be better. Your best quality: Passion and persuasiveness. Your worst quality: Limited patience (but working on it... no seriously I am). Your best achievement: Winning the HANZ award for Best Marketed Hotel in New Zealand for the opening campaign of Novotel Capital Wellington. Where do you want to be in 10 years' time: Happy, healthy and continuing to share my life with people I love and respect as well as making a difference to the hospitality industry. Your likes about the MICE industries: The drive, determination and fun factor of the characters that make this industry. Your dislikes: The devil is in the detail but time has taught me to dot the i's and cross the t's. people HEREIAMNOW! mice.net 207 JOEY PATHER COO CAPE TOWN INT. CONVENTION CENTRE Joey Pather has been appointed chief operating officer (COO) of the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC). His appointment comes at an ideal time as the centre heads into a new phase. In June this year, the management contract of Amsterdam RAI, the international company that was contracted to assist with the running of the convention centre, comes to an end, and as a consequence by that date, Dirk Elzinga will resign as managing director of the CTICC. CHLOE CHOMIENNE MICE MANAGER EXOTISSIMO, CAMBODIA Chloe Chomienne has been appointed MICE manager of Exotissimo Cambodia. She brings with her a wealth of experience that will translate into innovative incentive programming and event organising. Hailing from France, Ms Chomienne has spent the past three years managing Exotissimo's internet sales and inbound teams in Laos providing her with a deep insider knowledge of the company and its clients. MICHAEL MEADE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, SALES & MARKETING RENDEZVOUS HOTEL GROUP Michael Meade has been appointed senior vice president of sales and marketing at the Rendezvous Hotel Group. Coming from a similar role with the former RHI for the past two years, Mr Meade will be responsible for driving brand development, sales, distribution and promotion for the group. An industry veteran, Mr Meade has held a number of senior positions with major hospitality brands. JULIAN CLARK CHAIR & BOARD MEMBER MCVB & HMAA Julian Clark, CEO of the Lancemore Group was recently elected to the Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau Board. This appointment was made a week after he was appointment as the new Chair of the Hotel Motel Accommodation Association. KAT HICKS EVENTS MANAGER RAINBOW SPRINGS KIWI WILDLIFE PARK Kat Hicks has been appointed events manager of Rotorua's Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park. She moved from Auckland where she held the position of event coordinator of The EDGE performing arts and convention centre. Ms Hicks will be responsible for the production and promotion of events at Rainbow Springs including the new area Waterfall Lakes. Waterfall Lakes features the newly refurbished Wairere Café with an extended outdoor dining area overlooking a four metre high waterfall. TONY EVERITT CEO DESTINATION QUEENSTOWN Tony Everitt has been appointed CEO of Destination Queenstown, Queenstown's regional tourism organisation. He was previously the chief executive of Fiji-based south-pacific.travel, a non- profit organisation that markets and develops tourism in the South Pacific. He is no stranger to promoting New Zealand. Between 1993 and 2006 he held three executive roles with Tourism New Zealand. CARLY ADLER MARKETING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER FLIGHT CENTRE GROUP TRAVEL Carly Adler has been appointed marketing and development manager for Flight Centre Group Travel which specialises in travel management for conferences and incentives, special interest, sporting and educational groups. Prior to this role, Ms Adler was account director at Fusion Marketing which represents hotel and event companies. Her wide industry experience has led her to work both locally and internationally in various sales and event management positions. With 15 years' experience in the business events and tourism industry, her knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise are highly welcomed.