James Vachon, CMM, associate director, events, meetings and conventions, Millennium: The TAKEDA Oncology Company, and conference chairman, greeted the audience at the opening general session.
Marriott International representatives got front-row seats at the opening general session. Aileen Nikitiades, global account executive specializing in the pharma meetings segment, is on the far right.
Betsy Bair of Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet, and Jackie Harrington and Amanda Batstone of CBI, conference producers, welcomed the audience at the opening general session.
David Townshend, senior vice president, Marriott International Inc., Titanium sponsor of Pharma Forum 2013, greeted the crowd and talked about Marriott's new forays in meeting management, including its introduction of the Red Coat Direct meeting app.
James Vachon, conference chair, welcomed those with March birthdays up onto the stage to celebrate and to talk about their expectations for Pharma Forum 2013.
Gina Armendariz, Allergan, who was celebrating a March birthday, spoke about what she hoped to get out of Pharma Forum 2013.
Daniel J. Garen, senior vice president and chief compliance officer, Wright Medical Technology, Inc., gave the keynote on the implications of the final rulings of the Sunshine Act on pharma and life sciences meetings.
Karen Vander Ploeg, director, travel and meetings, Daiichi Sankyo, discussed the impact of the Sunshine Act and the business value of meetings and events at the opening general session.
At a reception hosted by Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, from left to right, are: Caitlin Robinson, ITA Group; Katie Fisher, Play with a Purpose; Vera Shapiro, Hyatt Regency Jersey City; and Bela Fernandes, NPS Pharmaceuticals.
From left to right: Rawya Tullgren, Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Stephanie Ahoni, Takeda; Gavin Houston, Universal World Events; Gus Vonderheide, vice president of global sales, Americas, Hyatt Hotels Corp.; Mary Gignilliat, Takeda Pharmaceuticals; and Dale Fisher, Millennium: The TAKEDA Oncology Co.
Whitney Hutchings, Eli Lilly, and Dawn Crum, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, enjoy the Hyatt reception.
From left: Gretchen Harrington, Motivaction; Marissa Flon, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego; Michele Chiles, Hyatt Regency San Antonio on Riverwalk; and Rebecca Hart, Genomic Health
Medical Meetings is out in force, from left: Sue Pelletier, editor; Terry Miller, Travel & Meetings Consulting LLC; and David Wright and Dave Kovaleski of Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet
Colleagues from Universal World Events: Amy Connelly and Shannon Keeny
From left to right: Heather Edwards, Commgenix; Lisa Keilty, pmc2;
Kristine Swift, Commgenix; and Sherry Sullivan, SS Meetings
Marriott International hosted a "Farm to Table" dinner for meeting managers. Executive Chef Greg Picard and Aileen Nikitiades, global account executive, Marriott International, welcomed the crowd to the very creative progressive dinner at the Orlando Marriott World Center.
From left: Rosaelena Ledesma Bernaducci, McVeigh Associates; Hara Hawthorne, Eisai Inc.; Rosemary Gvoth, Regeneron; and Sally Sullivan, Regeneron.
Agnes Canonica, CMP, CMM, MD Events, gave a session on global transparency requirements for medical meetings.
Neen James, productivity expert and author of "Folding Time," lent her expertise for achieving twice the results in half the time at the closing general session.
Pharma meeting managers shared their perspectives after the two-and-a-half days of education and discussed action plans for what's next, including the growth in virtual and hybrid meetings. From left: Angie Duncan, strategic meeting management consultant; Scott Gray, Gray Consulting; Sharon Marsh, Medtronic; and Helen Kalorides, Roche Diagnostics Corp.