It is my great pleasure to invite you to the 30th anniversary of Marriott International’s Association Masters taking place May 8th-11th, 2013. Our host hotel for this year’s event is the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa, which has just undergone a $90 million dollar refurbishment. As in previous years, a design team of customers (your peers) have created a slate of great educational sessions we are confident you will find both valuable and insightful. Our hope is that each of you will identify new best practices that can be applied within your individual areas of responsibility.

There will also be many opportunities for networking and celebration. Networking activities have been selected so there is something for everyone: Jeep and Segway tours, horseback riding, celebrity home tour, spa treatments or just relaxing by the pool. The evening events will feature creative design elements, entertainment, and unforgettable food and beverage experiences.

This year is shaping up to be an exciting one for Marriott International as we continue enhancing our brands and expanding globally. We’ll be sharing more news on this, plus other developments that have occurred since we were last together.

I look forward to seeing you in Palm Desert. In the meantime, thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Stephanie Linnartz
Chief Marketing and Commercial Officer
Marriott International

A Special Thank You to the 2013 Association Masters Customer Design Team
for their Dedication and Commitment to Making this Year’s Program a Success:

Lisa Boyd, Manager, Conference Planning, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Alex Brody, Assistant Director of Industry Affairs, Association of the United States Army
Sal Chiarelli, Managing Director, Conferences and Events, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Rochelle Colclough, Managing Director, Conference and Meeting Planning, Council on Foundations
Kathy Devey, Director of Conferences, International Foodservice Distributors Association
Blanca Ferreris, Housing & Hospitality Manager, Risk & Insurance Management Society (RIMS)
Jim Gauntt, Executive Director, Railway Tie Association
Amanda Joslin, Director of Conferences, International Lactation Consultant Association
Anna Mason, Vice President of Operations and General Manager, Women’s Foodservice Forum
Tara Moynihan, Annual Meeting Planner, National Council of Teacher of Mathematics
Becky Peterson, President, Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers
Linda Sinnot, Senior Manager, Meetings & Conferences, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
Mark Sklarow, Executive Director, Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA)
Margaret Stafford, Meetings Director, Section of Antitrust Law, American Bar Association
Geoff VanDeusen, Director of Events, National Soccer Coaches Association
Matthew Wales, CMP, Director, Meetings, Events & Special Projects, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Jodie Wilmot, CMP, Director of Meetings, National Association of College Stores

With Sincere Appreciation to this Year’s Sponsors for their Partnership and Support: