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KATHY LOBDELL has joined Boston-based PARTY BY DESIGN as an event producer and ERIC ELLIS has been hired as an event designer. Call 617/825-5100; • JACK TILLAR has been named general manager of PGI CANADA in Vancouver, British Columbia. KIRSTEN STRAND has been promoted to senior vice president of international business development. Call 604/689-3448; • MELISSA REDDINGTON has been named director of events and facility sales at the PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF THE FINE ARTS, Philadelphia. Call 215/972-2031; • Sherman Oaks, Calif.-based EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS has promoted TAYLOR BLACK and ROBIN MCFARLAND to senior producers at the main office; MEGAN REYNOLDS has been promoted to senior producer at the New York location. Call 818/783-6112, • MICHAEL MARTINS has joined A LEGENDARY EVENT, Atlanta, as executive pastry chef. Call 404/869-8858; • BALLANTYNE RESORT & SPA, Charlotte, N.C., has named BRAD GREEN director of food & beverage. Call 866/248-4824;


MCCALL ASSOCIATES has moved to a new office at 350 Florida St., San Francisco, CA 94110; 415/552-8550; • IDEAS EVENT DECOR & PRODUCTION has relocated to 475 Hampshire St., Space 1, San Francisco, CA 94110; 415/558-8900;


In our July cover story (“Getting in on the Act”), we listed an incorrect phone number for the Berkeley, Calif., office of Cast of Thousands. The correct number is 888/277-2278. We apologize.


JUNE BOWERMAN of CALL THE CATERER, San Diego, passed away in July. Bowerman was a longtime supporter of the event industry and was involved in The Special Event show, serving as a chair for the Welcome Party in 2000 and as a leader for the Hands on Hundred program. She will be greatly missed.

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