Elite Meetings International Names New Advisory Board

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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 the hospitality industries, the 16-member board reviews destination hotels and resorts worldwide for possible Elite Certification--coveted recognition of first-class quality.

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The board's independent evaluation will ensure that any property displaying our plaque of endorsement has met or exceeded stringent parameters for excellence.

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 the 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, Synthes
Michael Greto, Event Manager, Strategic Events, The Coca-Cola Company
Mable Jones, Director, Sales Recognition-Policy & Procedures, AAA
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 http://www.elitemeetings.com/advisory.html.

About Elite Meetings International:
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, EliteMeetings.com, serves as a commission-free RFP-generating tool and a comprehensive vehicle for sourcing luxury properties. For additional information, please visit http://www.EliteMeetings.com or call 805.730.1000.

Contact:
Christine Lai
Elite Meetings International, Inc.
805.730.1000
clai (at) EliteMeetings (dot) com
http://www.EliteMeetings.com

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