Promotions and Changes
Charles “Chuck” J.
Macfarlane, FACHE, CAE,
has been named executive
director of the Academy
of General Dentistry. Mac-
farlane, who has more than 20 years of
experience in health care and association management, was previously vice
president of learning for Joint Commission Resources.
Gregory J. Fine, CAE, has
joined the Association for
Corporate Growth as vice
president of marketing.
Most recently, Fine was
director of communications and marketing for the Association Forum of Chicagoland and executive editor of FORUM
Jacqui Cook has joined
.orgSource as a consulting
partner, working with associations to develop their
online content. She previously was editor in chief of
FORUM. Heather Ryndak
Swink, MA, CAE, is now
executive editor of FORUM.
She formerly was managing
editor of the magazine.
The Association Management Center has hired
Karen Schrimmer as senior
project manager and
named Sara DeChambre
senior business consultant.
Schrimmer joins AMC from
Rush North Shore Medical
Center, where she worked
for 15 years, most recently
as an internal consultant
and Six Sigma leader.
DeChambre, meanwhile, joined AMC in
1993 and has previously worked in its centralized call center, data entry and member services departments.
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership’s Fiscal Year 2010 Board of Directors
took effect Sept. 1. Among them are Association Forum members Karen Hackett,
FACHE, CAE, CEO of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Abe
Eshkenazi, CSCP, CPA, CHE, CAE, of APICS
The Association for Operations Management.
Elliott Ferguson has been
named president and CEO
of Destination DC, Washington, D.C.’s convention and
visitors bureau. Previously
Destination DC’s senior vice president
of convention sales and services, Ferguson succeeds Bill Hanbury, who recently
left the organization in order to run the
United Way of the National Capital Area.
The New Orleans Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center
has hired Paul O’Connell
as assistant director of
production and technology
services and promoted
Kenneth Mimms to building trades manager. Previously director of operations
at the David L. Lawrence
Convention Center in Pittsburgh, O’Connell will help
lead and oversee the convention center’s
technology and production teams, as well
as coordinate and develop short- and
long-term technology plans for the facility.
Mimms, who was hired by the convention center as a carpenter in 2003 and
promoted to maintenance coordinator in
2006, will manage vendors and building
operations for the 1. 1 million-square-foot
Sofitel Chicago Water Tower has hired
Larry Tsoumas as its new director of sales
and marketing. Most recently director of
sales and marketing at the newly opened
Mandarin Oriental Boston, Tsoumas previously worked for The Peninsula Chicago
and has 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
News and Awards
The February 2009 issue
of FORUM magazine won
a 2009 Award of Excellence from APEX (Awards
for Publication Excellence). APEX awards are
based on excellence in editorial content,
graphic design and the ability to achieve
overall communications effectiveness and
excellence. The issue’s Signature Story
featured the National Military Family
Association and its free summer camp
program for children of deployed service
members. Other features in that issue
related mainly to advocacy.
ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership has recognized four Chicagoland
associations with an Award of Excellence
as part of its 2009 Associations Advance
America (AAA) Awards program. Of 70
entries that were submitted, 17 were chosen as winners, including:
• the Schaumburg, Ill.-based American
Academy of Dermatology, which was
honored for its AAD Camp Discovery
and National Melanoma/Skin Cancer
• the Chicago-based American Library
Association, which was honored for its
“Smart investing@ your library” program;
• the Glenview, Ill.-based Association
Management Center, which was honored
for its Solid Rock Carpenters program;
• and the Chicago-based Illinois Certified
Public Accountants Society, which was
honored for its Military Service Tax
Preparation Project program.
Two Chicago-area Marriott hotels — the
Chicago Marriott Oak Brook and the
Chicago Marriott Suites Downers Grove
— have completed renovations of their
The 350-room Chicago Marriott Oak
Brook, which has a total of 18,600 square
feet of meeting space, spent $1.7 million on its renovations, which included
the addition of a new, 11,040-square-foot