Michael McCafferty is the new vice president and general manager of San Diego-based event production company Premier Productions International. Call 858/451-1814. Carly Johnstone has been promoted from executive assistant to event manager of MVKA Productions, formerly M. Van Keken & Associates, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Laura Triay is the firm's new executive assistant. Call 604/708-0085; Web site: www.mvka.com. Rodney Thompson has been named vice president, sales and marketing, and Peter Henley-Gould has been named vice president, administration, for party rental company The Premiere Event, Brentwood, Tenn. Call 615/221-0001; new Web site address: www.thepremiereevent.com. Event Management Solutions has appointed Karla Darnall vice president of events for the firm's seven offices. She will split her time between the Lexington, Ky., office (606/245-3279) and the Newnan, Ga., headquarters office (800/338-5142, 770/251-9978).
Ron Swartz has been named director of business theater and special events at Columbus, Ohio-based Mills/James Productions. Call 614/777-9933; Web site: www.mills james.com. M&M Party Planning and Rental of Carol Stream, Ill., has promoted Lisa Pollack from account executive to sales manager for special events. Call 630/871-9999. Kloda Productions of Richmond Hill, Ontario, has hired Bettina Zanella as an account executive. Call 905/763-9000. Classic Party Rentals of Culver City, Calif., has promoted Karen Sellergren from sales associate to sales consultant. Call 310/202-0011; Web site: www.classicpartyrentals.com. Foodservice equipment manufacturer Vollrath Co., based in Sheboygan, Wis., has appointed Dennis Park vice president of field sales and Bryan Weiss vice president of finance/chief financial officer. Call 920/457-4851; Web site: www.vollrathco.com. Ed Mugnani has joined Chicago-based Blue Plate Catering as director of operations. Call 312/377-0977. Corporate meeting, event management and production firm ProActive Inc. of Chicago has hired Marty Zitlin as director of production and technical services and Sharon Wilson as senior producer. Kristi Comes has joined the firm as a program coordinator and Jennifer Gilligan as a program manager. Call 312/654-8844; Web site: www.proactiveinc.com.