Tonya Almond
Tonya Almond named vice president of knowledge and experience design at PCMA.

Who’s News in Special Events for March 8, 2018

Event news this week includes a new head of experience design at PCMA and a big acquisition by Opus Events.

PCMA, headquartered in Chicago, has appointed Tonya Almond as its vice president of knowledge and experience design. She will lead the events and education teams and will work with its global audience to help PCMA develop its education content and event experiences.

Opus Agency, based in Portland, Ore., has acquired Seattle-based CRG Events. CRG CEO Leasa Mayer will serve as executive vice president at Opus. Opus is included on the latest Special Events “50 Top Event Companies.”

CORT Party Rental, with locations in Everett and Fife, Wash., has announced the acquisition of Choice Linens, located in Seattle. Choice’s extensive collection of high-end products broadens the variety available to CORT Party Rental customers, who can now rent high-end linens locally, delivered along with the full suite of party rental offerings that CORT Party Rental provides, the company reports.

Nashville, Tenn.-based DMC Nashology Events has joined the big DMC network Global DMC Partners, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs.”

Atlanta-based caterer Proof of the Pudding hired Hannah Baber as the senior sales manager to manage Zoo Atlanta events with a focus on Savanna Hall, a one-of-a-kind event facility slated to open next year that will accommodate up to 1,500 guests. The company has also been named exclusive in-house caterer for Gatlinburg [Tenn.] Convention Center. Serving the center will be general manager Jeff Kleoudis, sales manager Angelia Maddox, and executive chef Jefferson Mitchell.

Savannah Brunson has joined the Plano [Texas] Event Center as event coordinator.

The William Vale, a multi-use destination in Brooklyn, has named Deanna Thomas as the director of sales and marketing.

Event Pros Take Action will visit Houston March 21-25 to rebuild homes for victims of Hurricane Harvey. The group will also host a carnival for troubled youth. Find out more here.

The landmark Fontainebleau Miami Beach has announced the appointments of Luz Orbaiz and Christine Sahakians to directors of national accounts, Nerissa Edwards to national sales manager, and Jacqueline Gomez to executive meetings manager.

Destination St. Louis has been purchased by Angie Weigel, DMCP. The company’s president, Weigel bought the firm from founder Julie Greenspoon.

Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada, Fla., in the Florida Keys has announced the appointment of Phillip Lowd as the executive chef of the property’s signature restaurants, Atlantic’s Edge and Nikai Sushi Bar, as well as the newly Italian bistro Mia Cucina. Lowd formerly served as banquet chef prior to the hotel’s closure in the wake of Hurricane Irma; he will spearhead culinary operations when the property reopens on March 30.

The National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., has named Terrence Luther senior sales manager.

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