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Elite Meetings International Welcomes New Members to the Elite Meetings Advisory Board
Santa Barbara, CA, August, 2012 — Elite Meetings International (EMI) announced today the addition of nine new members to its Elite Meetings Advisory Board (EMAB). Comprised of esteemed experts from the event planning and hospitality industries, the 27-member board provides guidance on various company initiatives and reviews hotels and resorts for possible Elite Certification, recognition of a quality experience for meetings and incentives.

New members of the EMAB include:

R.J. Apana, Director of Travel & Corporate Events with Apogee Physicians

Joann Chmura, Senior Meeting Planner with General Reinsurance

Michael Dominguez, Senior Vice President of Sales with MGM Resorts

Craig Jacobs, Senior Vice President, Group Sales with Preferred Hotel Group

Mark Komine, Senior Vice President, Sales with The Americas at Hilton Worldwide

Lisa Langford, Meeting Planner & Study Group Coordinator with Finance and Resource Management Consultants

Laura Miller, Firmwide Events & Sustainability Manager with McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Kimberly Montoya, Manager, Corporate Events with Experian

Sue Roberts, Director of Event Planning with Cardinal Health

"We're honored and excited to welcome these distinguished individuals," said Kelly Foy, CEO of EMI. "They bring a wealth of expertise from diverse areas of the industry. We're confident that their unique perspectives and insights will be a tremendous asset for EMI during this time of growth for the company."

EMAB members retiring from the board this year include Elisa Novoa of Charles Schwab & Co.; Bradley Ford of Avinger, Inc.; Mike Greto of The Coca-Cola Company; and Louise Barnes of Tred-Lite.

"Our very best wishes go out to our departing members, many of whom have served multiple 2-year terms with us," said Foy. "They've been a tremendous help in guiding the growth of EMI, and as such, will leave a lasting legacy."

About Elite Meetings International

Based in Santa Barbara, Elite Meetings International (EMI) provides free, time-saving tools for planners and integrated marketing solutions to suppliers that enhance the connection of meeting and hospitality professionals. EMI supports this community through a combination of innovative technology, direct sales support, customized marketing programs and face-to-face business-building events. Additionally, serves as a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury, upper-upscale and upscale properties. EMI's innovations include FaceTime™ Appointment Scheduler ( a sought-after program for helping conference attendees identify synergies, manage appointments and make direct connections with one another; and SpeedRFP™ (, a new time-saving product for creating, submitting, and managing RFPs online. For additional information, please visit or call 805-730-1000.