PEBBLE BEACH, CALIF.: USA Today recently hosted some of the newspaper's advertisers here, including (first row, from l.): Tom Keltner, president, brand performance and development group, Promus Hotels Corp.; Carolyn Vesper-Bivens, senior VP-advertising and associate publisher, USA Today; Tom Bracken, VP-advertising and creative services, DirecTV; Mary Mahoney, president-CEO, Howard Johnson Hotels & Inns; and Lee Barclay, exec VP-chief financial officer, Midas Corp.; (second row) Bill Bivens; Kerry McKelvey, VP-marketing, SkyTel; Tom Curley, president and publisher, and Ken Ohr, VP-advertising, both of USA Today; John Hirschboeck, director and president, Y&R Advertising, Irvine; Marv Ingram, national CDO fleet manager, Lexus Division of Toyota Motor Sales USA; and Gary Pietsch, director, West Coast Advertising, USA Today.
NEW YORK: The Financial Communications Society got together with the Italian Culinary Institute to host a membership-building night at Sette Moma. The evening included a raffle with a top prize of two round-trip tickets to Rome. Carol Super (c.), account manager, Media Networks, was the lucky winner. She's flanked by Karen Quinn, financial advertising manager, The Wall Street Journal; Bill Wreaks, director of new-business development, KDM International; Jennifer Zembrodt, account manager, Delta Air Lines; and Joanne Knowlton, director of marketing, Bloomberg.
CHICAGO: The Chicago Magazine Association's October lunch featured guest speaker Jack Klues (r.), CEO of Leo Group's Starcom Worldwide. Other attendees included (from l.): Renetta McCann, VP-managing director, Starcom USA; and Denise Paull, Midwest manager, Traditional Home, and president of CMA.
SAN FRANCISCO: The San Francisco Advertising Club's "The Dot-com Chase & Challenges" luncheon at the Hyatt Hotel drew panelists, including (from l.) Jeffrey O'Brien, senior editor, Wired; John Yost, general manager, Black Rocket; Julie Bauer, president-CEO, Saatchi & Saatchi; Wayne Buder, president, Odiorne Wilde Narraway & Partners; Austin McGhie, president-CEO, Y&R Advertising; Nick Bishop, exec VP-general manager, McCann-Erickson/
A&L; and Harold Mann, president, Mann Consulting, and adclub VP.