Special Events

Going Places

MOVING UP Buena Vista Pictures Marketing has added Leslie Neuman to its special event department as a manager working on the feature side. 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521; 818/560-5151 t A Catered Affair has announced the following new appointments: Renee Tichenor, director of catering sales; Sue Lussier-Lodi, catering sales manager; Bonnie Marie Brunson, catering sales manager; Tina Colmenero, executive sous chef; and Robert Loretta, warehouse manager. 9265 Activity Road, Suite 108, San Diego, CA 92126; 619/271-8180, 619/271-8242 t Virgelia Villegas has been promoted to senior catering sales manager at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel. 404 S. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90071; 213/624-1000, 213/612-4800 t Cynthia Engel, president and chief operating officer of Production Group International, has been appointed to the board of PGI. 2200 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201-3324; 703/528-8484, 703/528-1724 t Mary Rispoli has joined the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels as director of sales. 1200 Epcot Resorts Blvd., Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830; 407/934-1812, 407/934-1680 t Restaurant Associates has hired Dave Williams to head the catering operations for its West Coast division. 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90012; 213/972-7318, 213/972-7339 t The 600 Festival Association has named Wendi McCarn as sales manager and Linda Bell as membership coordinator. 5231 Morehead Road, Harrisburg, NC 28075; 704/455-6814 t Hospitality Inc., which includes Festivities Catering and Picnic People, has licensed the rights to sell Rubio's fish tacos-operating as Rubio's Baja Grill Catering-at its catered events. Additionally, the company has hired Taylor Cornilius as director of sales for Festivities Catering and Picnic People; Rick Hahn as systems manager for Hospitality Inc.; and Burgan Solbue as operations manager for Festivities Catering. Frank Christian has been promoted to assistant director of operations. To accommodate its growth, Hospitality Inc. has moved to a 30,000-square-foot building featuring a 5,000-square-foot kitchen. 9558 Camino Ruiz, San Diego, CA 92126; 800/748-5609, 619/586-2121.

BRANCHING OUT The University of San Diego has started a new certificate program in event management. The program is affiliated with the event management degree program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110-2492; 619/260-4681 t Bob Blaesing and Sallie Danelz have started Experience By Design, a full-service event design firm. 450 Piedmont Ave., Suite 1101, Atlanta, GA 30308; 404/892-2800 t Gardner & Associates, a full-service destination management company, has moved to 2734 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite 110, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33306; 800/922-9299, 954/537-9160 t Clare Sullivan & Associates has changed its name to Sullivan Group. 8556 Katy Freeway, Suite 101, Houston, TX 77024; 713/465-5999, 713/465-4266 t Markey's Audio Visual of Indianapolis has established an in-house contract with DoubleTree Orlando Resort & Conference Center. 2909 S. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN 46225; 800/686-9987.

KUDOS Chef John Maxwell, CEC, of Chef Maxwell's Catering was awarded the Louis B. Szathmary Chef Humanitarian Award by the Chef Celebration Tour. 2400 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23220; 804/355-4850, 804/355-4567.

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