JOHN SHEEDY has been named director of food and beverage at THE WESTIN NEW YORK AT TIMES SQUARE. Call 212/201-2700; www.westinny.com. · CLOTH CONNECTION has named SUSAN SHEEN as sales executive, Los Angeles. Call 626/254-8744; www.clothconnection.com. · MICHAEL MINER has joined CLASSIC PARTY RENTALS as vice president of sales and marketing at the Culver City, Calif., headquarters. Call 310/202-0011; www.classicpartyrentals.com. · New Orleans-based FOOD ART has named GINA CASTELLUCCIO as sales manager for social and bridal markets. Call 504/524-2381; www.foodartinc.com. · JEFF RICHARDS has joined Charleston, S.C.-based PDA LIGHTING AND SOUND as production manager. Call 843/554-3466; www.pdalightingandsound.com. · HYATT REGENCY HOUSTON has named LORI ROBERTS as catering manager overseeing the social and wedding market. CHRISTINA MITCHELL has been promoted to convention services manager. Call 713/654-1234; www.hyattregencyhouston.com. · CRAIG HOWARD has joined Neil Goldberg's CIRQUE PRODUCTIONS INTERNATIONAL as business development manager. Call 281/340-4346; www.cirqueproductions.com. · The MILLENNIUM BILTMORE HOTEL, LOS ANGELES has named MICHAEL KROUSE as director of sales and marketing. Call 866/866/8086; www.millenniumhotels.com. · KELLY WARDLE has joined SPECIAL EVENTS MAGAZINE as assistant editor. Former senior editor NATASHA GARBER has transitioned to contributing editor. Call 310/317-4522; www.specialevents.com.
Portland, Ore.-based THE PARTY PLACE has purchased a 30,000-square-foot facility that will serve as the main distribution center for the company's event rental division, in addition to housing the sales staff and a 1,000-square-foot showroom. 1211 N. Loring, Portland, OR 97229; 503/292-8875; www.portlandrentall.com. · SHARI HIRSCH, CSEP, of the HIRSCH GROUP now offers national and international partnering and consulting services to the event design and business production industry. 9810 Quail Cove Ct., Windermere, FL 34786; 407/296-5252. · The team of CRAIG LEITNER, JIM MCCLELLAN, MICHAEL BOLTZMAN and PEGGY RAMSEY, formerly of CLEAR CHANNEL ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL EVENTS, has formed AEG LIVE EVENTS in St. Louis, Mo. The headquarters are located at 231 S. Bemiston Ave., Suite 1050, St. Louis, MO 63105; 314/862-4440.
CARRIED AWAY EVENTS has relocated its offices from Boston to 228 N. Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, VA 22314. The new phone number is 703/919-1904, and the Web site is www.carriedawayevents.com.