Special Events

Special Events Business News for Dec. 14, 2011

ALLIED PRA DESTINATION MANAGEMENT, a London-based global leader in the DMC market, announced yesterday that JAMES HENSLEY, its European founder, has resigned from the company. AlliedPRA is included on the Special Events' "Top DMCs" list. Hensley remains a minority shareholder of AlliedPRA, the company said. Call 949/547-2953 …

Registration is open for the ACADEMIC EVENT PROFESSIONAL 2012 CONFERENCE, which takes place Jan. 22-23 in Tampa, Fla., alongside THE SPECIAL EVENT. Now in its sixth year, AEP serves academic event professionals of all skill levels from all areas of academic planning. Readers of Special Events are entitled to a $50 discount on the price of registration until Dec. 31; use the discount code “SEMAG” when checking out. Call 919/248-4709 …

USA HOSTS LAS VEGAS has appointed SHANON MOORE as an account executive. Call 702/798-0000 …

The charitable organization OPERATION OUTREACH, a grass-roots group of event pros founded by SUSIE PERELMAN and STACEY MEHALIK of MOSAIC INC. in Pittsburgh, has changed its name to EVENT PROS TAKE ACTION. As its inaugural project, the group donated 15,000 home decor items to refurnish the homes and lives of Katrina survivors in New Orleans last summer; ETPA plans to return to the city in July, partnering with the NACE EXPERIENCE. Call 412/562-2800 …

Chef ROBERT ASH has joined the team at OMNI ORLANDO RESORT AT CHAMPIONS GATE in Orlando, Fla., as executive chef. Call 407/390-6664 …

CORT EVENT FURNISHINGS has expanded its Lounge22 Powered by CORT collection to serve Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta and New Orleans. “We’re excited to once again broaden the reach of CORT’s Lounge22 brand,” said Dennis Hale, executive director for CORT Trade Show & Event Furnishings. “CORT is setting the standard for innovation in the event furniture rental industry with Lounge22, and these markets are the next step in making it available nationwide.” Call 888/710-2525 …

The RITZ-CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN in Tucson, Ariz., has named DAVID SERUS executive chef. Call 520/572-3000 …

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