Amy Manzanares has been promoted to senior vice president of events at LEO Events.
Amy Manzanares has been promoted to senior vice president of events at LEO Events.

Who's News in Special Events for Jan. 26, 2017

Special events business news this week includes promotions at LEO Events and the call for speaker proposals for The Special Event 2018

Memphis, Tenn.-based LEO Events, included on the latest Special Events "50 Top Event Companies," has announced four promotions: Amy Manzanares has been named senior vice president of events; Joan Cornett has been named vice president of project management; Chris Simmons takes the post of vice president of creative; and Chelsea Blocker has been named art director.

LEO Events just won a Gala Award at The Special Event 2017 in the category Most Outstanding Spectacle for "Sherwin-Williams Celebration 150."

The Special Event is inviting session proposals for its 2018 conference and trade show, which will run Jan. 30 – Feb. 1 in New Orleans. Presenters will be notified beginning in July; they receive benefits including a complimentary education package and other benefits. Begin the submission process here.

ILEA announced yesterday that its 2017 Esprit Awards competition is now open. Entries are due May 5, with an extended deadline of May 12 for an additional fee.

Rianne Baker has joined Church House Westminster in London as event coordinator.

AAA Rental System, based in Markham, Illinois has been acquired by Chicago-based M&M The Special Events Co. and private equity firm Dubin Clark. "Brothers Gary and Jay Heiferman have divested themselves of a majority of the business while providing AAA Rental System with a strong financial partner to continue its growth trajectory," according to a statement from M&M. "The Heifermans will have an integral role in the post-acquisition company as vice presidents." Since partnering with Dubin Clark, this transaction represents the third acquisition for M&M, M&M management said.

M&M is included on the latest Special Events "30 Top Rental Companies."

Silver Lining Catering of Pompano Beach, Fla., has named Ulysses Gonzalez as executive chef, John Hollywood as catering director, and Lesley Parente as event coordinator.

General Rental Sales and Service, based in Avondale, Pa., has acquired Dover Rent All Tents and Events of Dover, Del. The Stansberry Firm represented Dover in the transaction. General also operates Event Central of Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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