Jon Michaels has joined Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based Extraordinary Events as a producer. Call 818/783-6112; www.extraordinaryevents.com. ▪ HelmsBriscoe, a full-service meeting management company headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., has promoted Gary White to executive vice president. Call 480/718-1111; www.helmsbriscoe.com. ▪ Lloyd Balman has been promoted to director of sales for Fandango Special Events of Baltimore. Call 410/539-7236; www.fandango-event.com. ▪ The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta has appointed Tony Labatos director of food and beverage. Call 404/659-6500; www.sheraton.com. ▪ Mari Heavey has been promoted to vice president of strategic accounts at ProActive, a Chicago-based communication services company. Call 312/654-8844; www.proactiveinc.com. ▪ Southfield, Mich.-based Star Trax Corporate Events has hired Nicole Muchnick as a project manager and Rae Gold as a project coordinator. Call 800/9EVENTS (938-3687) or 248/263-6300; www.startraxcorpevents.com. ▪ The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in Chicago has named Anne Tigges associate director of group sales. Call 312/329-7001; www.sheratonchicago.com. ▪ Rosanne Bentley has joined Oceanside, Calif.-based Crystal Catering as director of marketing. Call 760/439-9881; www.crystalcaterer.com. ▪ Craig Mouney has been promoted to director of catering/food and beverage operations for the Hilton New Orleans Airport, and Julie Pero has advanced to senior convention sales manager of the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, both in New Orleans. Call the Hilton New Orleans Airport at 504/469-5000 or the Hilton New Orleans Riverside at 504/561-0500; www.hilton.com. ▪ San Diego-based A Catered Affair has hired Ruth Braithwaite as catering sales manager. Call 858/271-8180; www.acateredaffair.cc. ▪ Cara Blackmon Harting has joined Plano, Texas-based marketing firm Shapiro & Co. as director of public relations. Call 972/608-2626; www.shapiroco.com. ▪ Zee Qureshi has been promoted to director of food and beverage for The Westin Galleria and Westin Oaks, both in Houston. Call 800/WESTIN1 (937-8461), 713/960-8100; www.westin.com.
Los Angeles-based EventWorks has opened a Las Vegas office, headed by event producer Carole Grieco. Call 702/436-1692. The new address is 6265 S. Stevenson Way, Las Vegas, NV 89120. Web site: www.eventworks.com. ▪ Event planning company Sequoia Productions of Culver City, Calif., has opened a northern branch in Canada. The address is 389A Horner Ave., Etobicoke, Ontario M8W 2A2. Call 416/259-7192.
Meeting and event planning company Leslie & Associates has moved to 1247 S. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs, CA 92264, and has named Heather Baum director of sales. The new phone number is 760/325-7480.