JUN 2013

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30 Years Ago Things Were Different Memories from Richard Miseyko, CMP, CMM, President of Florida-based Site Search Inc. Yes, that's me about 30 years ago! Shall I dare say that I'm one of the very few that studied hotel and restaurant administration in college and actually stayed in the business. When I look back at those days of the late 70s/early 80s, some of the things that amaze me are how different the processes were for decision making, record keeping and entertaining clients. Getting Your Foot In The Door Started With A 'Good Smile' The year was 1978 and I was lucky enough to get noticed by the dean of the hospitality program at Florida State University (FSU). He knew I wanted to start my hotel career in New York 12 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ JUNE 2013 City and was able get me in to see a Senior VP, Alfonse Salamone, at Hilton Hotels Corporation. Salamone liked me enough to put me in touch with Bill Kreek, the DOS at New York Hilton at Rockefeller Center, which at the time, was the largest convention hotel in the world with a Grand Ballroom seating 4,000. Kreek was the quintessential sales man…. sharp, quick and impressive, especially to a young buck like me. At the end of the interview, he hired me, saying: "Kid, you've got a great smile and you've got no bad habits to break, so we'll put you in sales." And just like that I had my first job that led me to a 21-year career in hotel sales up and down the eastern seaboard, and later to the president of Site Search Inc. Dear Diary, Reserving Meeting Space Before The Computer Back then, there were no computers to keep track of info. Hotels had these massive bound books and each page represented a different day of the year with all your public space laid out. We could put a pencil hold on something while it was in the tentative stage, but the final agendas had to be presented and entered only by the Diary Clerk, Adele Cohen, who ruled those diaries with an iron hand. Correspondence Was…Selectric At the New York Hilton, we were actually on the cutting edge of technology. There were about 40 staff in the sales and catering office and we had a half dozen IBM Selectric typewriters on rolling carts that could be The IBM Selectric typewriter was a widely used electric typewriter that, instead of the individual typebars, used a "typeball" that rotated and pivoted to the correct position before striking the tape. w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m

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