Special Events

Special Events Business News for April 13, 2011

CEO LISA T. RICHARDS has announced that her San Diego-based group of catering operations, formerly known as HOSPITALITY INC., has rebranded itself H EVENTS, the umbrella for Festivities, Picnic People, Festivities Express and TK&A. The company has ceased operations of its Simcha Kosher Catering division. Longtime colleague FRANK CHRISTIAN has been named president of H Events. Call 858/547-3787 …

Los Angeles-based hospitality company SBE and Las Vegas-based MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL have announced a partnership whereby each company's preferred guests have access to the other's resort, hotel, casino, restaurant, spa and nightlife brands. Call 323/655-8000 …

International event production company VOK DAMS has announced the debut of its "social media event monitor," a tool designed to enable organizers of events and trade shows to find out what guests, visitors and participants think about their event. “An effective method allows us to monitor all activities on relevant social networking websites before, during and after the event,” said DAVID KORTE, head of research and senior consultant at Vok Dams Consulting. “We are thus able to gain great insight into what the target group thinks about specific topics." Call +49 202 38 907-138 ...

Miami-based marketing and PR firm KREPS DEMARIA PUBLIC RELATIONS AND MARKETING has expanded its corporate and special events capabilities by forming the new division KD EVENTS BY MARIA MALOOF. The new division will be led by veteran event planner MARIA MALOOF. Call 305/663-3543 …

BRETT SMITH has been named executive chef at the RENAISSANCE RESORT AT WORLD GOLF VILLAGE in St. Augustine, Fla. Call 888/740-7020 …

KATIE PUGLISI has been named event manager at Australia's venue manager PENRITH PANTHERS. Call +02 4720 5511 ...

LARISSA CARDENAS has been promoted to catering manager at the HYATT REGENCY TAMAYA RESORT & SPA, located between Santa Fe and Albuquerque in New Mexico. Call 505/867 1234 …

CHERYL KAHN-BROCCO has joined Boston-based SMITH & WOLLENSKY RESTAURANT GROUP as senior vice president of catering, overseeing the company's private dining venues. Call 417/875-5058 …

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