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Special Events Business News for Nov. 16, 2011

The TIMES SQUARE ALLIANCE has announced the hire of JOHN DEMARTINI for partnership marketing. The alliance produces events including the Taste of Times Square and the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop in Times Square. Call 212/768-1560 …

JEAN MICHEL OFFE has been named as vice-president of food and beverage for FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS. He will be based in Dubai. Call 416/874-2457 …

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based event producer MERESTONE has announced additions to its staff: BRYAN MILLER is the new video editor and producer; ASHLEY MILLER and BEA DOWNING have been named associate producers; TOMMY RUTHERFORD is the new audiovisual tech and production manager; and DAYNE DARTEZ joins the company as carpenter and craftsman. Call 480/945-4631 …

SOURCE INTERLINK MEDIA of Harrisburg, Pa., has named STEPHEN BERGER SIM Events Group vice president of operations, assisting with management of the Motor Trend auto shows, Lowrider event series, Endurocross and MiniMotoSX races. Call 858/688-6988 …

New York-based SIGNATURE SYSTEMS GROUP has named DON COUVILLON vice president of heavy matting. Call 212/953-1116 …

DERRICK HAYES has been named sales manager at HIGGINS EVENT RENTALS in Toronto, bringing more than 20 years of rental and catering experience his new company. Call 416/252-4050 …

DMCs TMM and DESTINATION PROS have merged and launched the new brand 360 DESTINATION GROUP, with offices in Orange County and Palm Springs, Calif., San Diego and Los Angeles. 360 Destination Group is owned by partners SHELLY ARCHER, TREVOR HANKS and PETE SAMULEWICZ; founding members FABIENNE and TERRY HANKS will remain on staff in senior consultant positions. Call 800/444-3359 …

AMY PFEIFFER has been named director of resort sales for the WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT in Orlando, Fla., leading the sales team responsible for driving meetings, conventions and incentive business to the Walt Disney World convention resorts, theme parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Call 407/566-5301 …

Los Angeles-based manufacturer CHAMELEON CHAIR COLLECTION announced today that it has been awarded a U.S. patent for its modular stackable furniture system. The distinctive chairs, which have been used at the Academy Awards Governors' Ball and other high-profile events, are distributed exclusively through CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS. Call 310/787-9200…

Zurich-based event agency X-ACT has rebranded itself as BRANDSOUL. Call 043 888 33 89 …

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