People Update

April 1, 2008

Steven Becker Fine Dining Announces Promotion

Steven Becker Fine Dining is proud to announce the promotion of Rob Schaefer to Vice President. Schaefer is a Certified Wedding Coordinator by National Bridal Service. A graduate of Columbia College, he has worked for retail giants Switzer’s, Edison Brothers and Neiman Marcus. Rob was previously a Catering and Event Specialist and the Principal Designer for Steven Becker Fine Dining prior to his promotion. For more information about Steven Becker Fine Dining, please visit or call (314) 367-4848.

Sikeston & Miner CoNvention & Visitors Bureau appoints new executive director

Shields Hillary

Hillary Shields has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the Sikeston & Miner Convention & Visitors Bureau. Shields is a native Missourian, having grown up in Kirksville. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, in Sociology/Anthropology in May 2006 from Truman State University. Prior to her appointment, she traveled extensively in the U.S., Asia and the Middle East.

Since December 2006, Shields has been a part of the Sikeston-Miner community. She is very excited to have the opportunity to represent her community both locally and at trade shows around the country.

For additional information, please contact Hillary Shields at (660) 471-6362 or (660) 341-3176.

New Leadership at the  American Jazz Museum

Carroll Greg

The American Jazz Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of its new executive director, Gregory A. Carroll, outgoing Director of Education for the International Association for Jazz Education. Carroll, who has been responsible for directing IAJE education and outreach programs worldwide, assumed his new role on July 1, 2007.

Carroll has also served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado and Instrumental Music Director for several Colorado school districts, including an appointment at Denver’s George Washington High School.

As an educator and performer, he has earned many awards and honors, including a nomination to the Who’s Who Among Black Men in America (1983), the Presser Scholar for the University of Northern Colorado’s School of Music (1985) and the Colorado Jazz Educator of the Year by the state chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators (1997).

Carroll has served on numerous boards, including the Colorado Music Educators Association, the Colorado IAJE and the Colorado Content Standards Music Task Force. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Orchestra and is the Chairman of the Music Advisory Board for the Humber College of Music in Toronto.

In addition to holding a BME degree from the University of Northern Colorado and an MMEd from the University of Colorado at Boulder, he has directed the Colorado Jazz Workshop and remains active as a performer, clinician, and education consultant.

As a vibraphonist, he has performed with jazz luminaries such as George Benson and Dianne Reeves, and he also performs and records with his own group, the Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet. His recording credits include Angela Hagenbach (Weaver of Dreams), Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet (Midnight Blue Jazz Quartet, Estes and Shavewo) and Peter Barbieri (Everything That Grows), among others.

The American Jazz Museum includes interactive exhibits and educational programs as well as the Blue Room, a working jazz club, and the Gem Theater, a modern 500-seat performing arts center. Located in the Historic 18th and Vine District in Kansas City, MO, this is the place where jazz masters such as Charlie Parker, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner and hundreds of others defined the sounds of the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s. Today, scholars, students, musicians and fans are drawn here to learn about the legends, honor their legacy and enjoy the best music America has to offer. For more information, call (816) 474-8463 or visit

City of Joplin announces new Convention & Visitors Bureau Director

Lindstrom Vincent

Vincent Lindstrom, selected as the director of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau, joins the city with an extensive background in tourism, including 30 years of leadership, sales and marketing in the travel industry.

His most recent position was Sales Director of Legal iGaming, and he has served as Director of Corporate Development for Mikohn Gaming.

Lindstrom was the executive Director of the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau from 1990 to 1993, in which he developed a full-service CVB for the four cities (Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, Moline and Rock Island, Illinois), and led a campaign to build a convention center for the area. From 1981 to 1990, he served as the Executive Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau. While in Fargo, Lindstrom raised $2 million in support of building a heritage center that houses various exhibits that portray life along the Red River Valley.

Lindstrom holds a Master of Arts degree from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Conn., and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn. He has completed the Harvard Management Program.

For more information, contact Lynn Onstot, Public Information Officer, at (417) 624-0820, ext. 204.

Liz Smith Named Manager of Hotel Bothwell

Smith Liz

Hotel Bothwell’s Vice President, Erica Eisenmenger, announced the appointment of Liz Smith as General Manager of Hotel Bothwell.

Smith, who took the position in September 2007, has proven dedication to Hotel Bothwell by continually striving to meet and exceed company standards.

Located at 103 E. 4th Street in downtown Sedalia, Hotel Bothwell is owned by Furnell Companies of Sedalia, Missouri, and is an active franchised property within Choice Hotels International.

Omni Majestic Hotel in St. Louis Announces New Staff

Danrich Johnny

Johnny Danrich III, CMP, has been named Director of Sales for the Omni Majestic Hotel. Danrich returns to his roots in St. Louis with an inspiring career in the hospitality industry. His most recent position was Senior Sales Manager at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Born and raised in St. Louis, Johnny began his hospitality career in 1987 with the Majestic as PBX Operator and moved on to become the Director of Guest Services of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel St. Louis. He then went on to the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission to become the Director of Convention Services, and later was Convention Sales Manager. He was the Director of Sales at the Roberts Mayfair Hotel in St. Louis. His other senior sales management positions were with Marriott Corporation in St. Louis and the Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor in Baltimore. He studied marketing at St. Louis Community College and the University of Missouri St. Louis.

Pitman Martin

Martin Pittman has been named General Manager of the Omni Majestic. Preceding this post, Pittman was the General Manager of the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel in New Orleans and oversaw its post-Hurricane Katrina renovations and reconcept. Prior to joining the Omni Hotels, Pittman had an impressive career as a hotelier working with award-winning hotels and resorts. His most recent position was Director of Operations for the Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, Georgia. Other positions include Director of Operations for the Park Hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina; and Assistant General Manager of Graylyn in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He held management positions in the rooms and food and beverage divisions for the luxury property Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina and for the acclaimed Pebble Beach Resorts in California.

Originally from Rochester, New York, Pittman attended Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York, and holds a certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University. He has two children and is active in several organizations, including the Preeclampsia Foundation and the March of Dimes.

Built in 1913, the Omni Majestic Hotel in downtown St. Louis is a beautifully restored National Historic Landmark that combines an atmosphere of timeless elegance with impeccable service. The oversized guest rooms and suites are recently renovated and richly accented with warm and welcoming European décor within a clean, modern design.

The downtown location puts the Omni Majestic Hotel close to numerous St. Louis attractions, meeting centers, major highways and the stately Mississippi River. The hotel is located just 17 miles from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Guests can locate hotels and book accommodations by visiting, or by calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

AGENDA: USA Promotes Bruce Adcox

Adcox Bruce

AGENDA: USA, the chauffeured transportation division of AGENDA: Kansas City, has announced the promotion of Bruce Adcox to manager of the division.

Following six years with another livery service provider, Adcox joined AGENDA: Kansas City in 1993 and has worn many hats over the course of the past 14 years. Most recently Adcox served as Customer Service and Dispatcher for AGENDA: USA. In that role, he has directed the company’s daily chauffeur assignments, assisted with reservations and supported all aspects of the company’s transportation division.

In 2005 Adcox received The Greater Kansas City Hotel & Lodging Association’s Allied Employee Exceptional Service Award. The award recognized Adcox for his dedication to the company and its customers. Many examples of his “above and beyond” attitude were cited by AGENDA: USA’s clients as part of his nomination. That included an example following the events of September 11, 2001, when Adcox personally drove some customers home to Chicago after they were stranded in Kansas City.

AGENDA: Kansas City is a full-service destination management company providing event coordination and tour and transportation services to organizations in the Kansas City metro area since 1989. Further information about the company can be found on its Web site,

Missouri Meetings & Events Announces Additions to Staff

Robinson Amy

Amy Robinson of Branson, Missouri, has joined Missouri Meetings & Events as an account manager. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation Administration from Arkansas Tech University. Amy has held positions with Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Chateau on the Lake Resort and Convention Center and Image Works, Inc., which produces Branson Review magazine. She also currently works as a consultant and sales manager for St. Louis-based Palm Print Promotions. Amy has resided in the Branson area for the past 15 years.

Uberoi Veena

Veena Uberoi has joined Missouri Meetings & Events as the accountant and circulation coordinator. Veena retired from the publishing industry in 1993. Previously based in Bangkok, Thailand, she has extensive experience in all aspects of publishing and printing. She has been in the field for more than 25 years and has launched and edited more than a dozen magazines in Thailand, India, Hongkong and the Middle East.

Veena says, “this is a great opportunity and a joy to be working with the next generation of the publishing industry.”

Veena is an avid bridge player and moved to the St. Louis area in 2005.


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