Beating the Housing Squeeze

No, Do hoteliers insist they have no room for your medical meeting? Hot tip: Tell them you're planning a wedding.

Pamela Pate Varnon is not a wedding planner. As corporate travel and meetings manager for Kinetic Concepts Inc., a San Antonio, Texas-based medical device manufacturer, she's an experienced meeting planner; her department organizes about 300 programs a year. But even with that kind of clout and experience, she had to invent new strategies to secure suitable housing for the

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