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Elite Meetings International Names New Advisory Board
SANTA BARBARA, CA (January 27, 2009) — Elite Meetings International (EMI) has just named its Elite Meetings Advisory Board (EMAB) for 2009-2010. Comprised of esteemed experts from both the event planning and hospitality industries, the 16-member board reviews destination hotels and resorts worldwide for possible Elite Certification—coveted recognition of first-class quality.

"We're honored and excited that these distinguished individuals share our vision for enhancing synergies between planners and hospitality providers," says Kelly Foy, CEO of Elite Meetings International. "The board's independent evaluation will ensure that any property displaying our plaque of endorsement has met or exceeded stringent parameters for excellence."

As part of the two-year term of service, each EMAB member will also contribute their unique insight, perspective, and experience to develop initiatives and provide guidance for various projects. Elite Certification informs meeting and incentive planners of a property's exemplary standards and services.

Introducing the Elite Meetings Advisory Board:

Andy Anderson, Senior Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Destination Hotels & Resorts

Amanda Armstrong, Meetings Manager
Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Louise Barnes, Chairperson
Elite Meetings Advisory Board

Kellie Beakey, Senior Event Strategy Manager
VMware, Inc.

Hillary Bessiere, Vice President of Client Services
Firesky Events Group

Jamie Bruce, Senior Vice President, Sales & Revenue Management
Kerzner International Resorts, Inc.

Glenna Fulks, Site Procurement Specialist

Michael Greto, Event Manager, Strategic Events
The Coca-Cola Company

Mable Jones, Director, Sales Recognition—Policy & Procedures

Carolyn Klipin-Miller, Senior Planner
Wells Fargo

Jennifer Leto, Senior Meeting Planner
Hess Corporation

Carol Lynch, Vice President, Global Sales-Group
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Gina Mynatt-Galdi, Vice President, Global Client Events Marketing
Merrill Lynch Elisa Novoa, Senior Event Manager
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.

Carolyn Pund, Senior Manager of Global Meetings & Events
Cisco Systems, Inc.

John Washko, Vice President, Sales & Marketing
The Broadmoor

For full EMAB bios and more information, please visit

Elite Meetings International is based in Santa Barbara, California, and connects top meeting and incentive planners with a hand-selected, independently evaluated group of upscale hotels and resorts throughout North America via their semiannual publication, Elite Meetings magazine and semiannual event, the Elite Meetings Alliance. Additionally, the company’s Web site,, serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury properties. For additional information, please visit or call 805.730.1000.


Christine Lai
Elite Meetings International, Inc.