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 The Board of Directors of the International Association
of Conference Centers of North America
Elects New Officers
Benchmark's Jeffrey V. Farina Elected President

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Saint Louis, MO– October 13, 2004 – At their recent meeting at Dolce Tarrytown House (Tarrytown, NY), the Board of Directors of the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC) of North America elected new officers for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2005. 

Jeffrey V. Farina, Chief Development Officer of The Woodlands, TX-based Benchmark Hospitality was elected President.  Farina recently served as First Vice President.

Michael Czarcinski, Managing Director of Harrison Conference Center of Glen Cove (NY), was elected First Vice President.  Czarcinski recently served as Second Vice President and has also served as Secretary.

Neil Pompan, Vice President of JPMorgan Chase Conference Centers was elected Second Vice President.  Pompan recently served as Treasurer and has been the Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Tom Cappucci, General Manager of University Place Hotel & Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana, was elected Treasurer. Cappucci recently served as Secretary and has been the Chair of the Annual Conference Planning Committee.

Debra Lein, Vice President of Operations for Sodexho Conferencing was elected Secretary.  Based in Racine, WI, Lein recently served as Chair of the Membership Committee.

Geoff Lawson, General Manager of Palisades Executive Conference Center in Palisades, NY, will step down as President and serve a one-year term as Chairman of the Board. 



The International Association of Conference Centers, founded in 1981, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting understanding and awareness of the conference center industry.  Active members meet a stringent set of Universal Criteria and agree to a Code of Ethics.  Currently, the association includes approximately 400 members from the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, France, England and Japan. 

 
Contact:
International Association of Conference Centers
243 North Lindbergh Boulevard
Saint Louis, Missouri 63141 USA
(314) 993-8575 Voice
Info@iacconline.org

James M. Mahon
Phone:  914 548.5835
Email:  jmmahon@aol.com
www.iacconline.org

Also See: ARAMARK Harrison Lodging’s Bob Johns Wins IACC’s Education Award / April 2003
Rich Cimilluca of North Maple Inn Appointed Chair of Marketing Committee for International Association of Conference Centers / July 2003
Jeff Farina Named Chief Development Officer for Expanding Benchmark Hospitality / Nov 2002


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