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New Iberia, La.-based utility service company Aggreko has hired Mike Ricci as director, strategic alliances and global events. Call the Houston-based sales and marketing office at 877/AGGREKO (244-7356), 713/852-4500; Web site: ▪ Arlington, Va.-based event and communications agency PGI has promoted Sally Osborn to general manager of PGI San Diego. Call 619/276-7600; Web site: ▪ Natasha Garber joins Special Events Magazine as associate editor. She replaces senior editor Keri O'Brien, who has relocated to St. Louis. Call 800/543-4116, 310/317-4522, ext. 243; Web site: ▪ The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel, located in Dana Point, Calif., has promoted Michelle Caporicci to director of conference services and Mary Wellens to front office manager. Ripley Vaughn has joined the property as national sales manager and William Zedaker and Kimberly Yost as conference services managers. Call 800/241-3333, 949/240-2000; Web site: ▪ Pembroke Park, Fla.-based destination management and event production company ME Productions has hired Lou Schwartz as director of sales and marketing and Alyssa Simner and Steve Kuller as executive sales and event managers. Call 954/458-4000.


Kohler, Wis.-based Kohler Event Services has opened regional offices in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas. The Orlando address is 230 Sunport Lane, Suite 100, Orlando, FL 32809. The phone number is 407/850-5024. The Las Vegas address is 6280 S. Valley View Blvd., Suite 714, Las Vegas, NV 89118. The phone number is 702/260-7829. ▪ G/M Productions has doubled the size of its offices. The new address is 308 W. Erie St., Second Floor, Chicago, IL 60610. The phone number remains 312/397-9100. Web site: ▪ Joey Galon has introduced Matrix Events, a full-service special event company. The headquarters address is 365 Pilot Road, Suite C, Las Vegas, NV 89119. The phone number is 702/617-2160. Web site:


A-Packaged Parties has moved to 6635 Independence Ave., Canoga Park, CA 91303. The new phone number is 818/710-1222. Web site: ▪ Hospitality Associates has moved to a new office at 3840 W. Hillsboro Blvd., PMB-Box 108, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442. The new phone numbers are 800/426-8582 and 954/596-8801. ▪ Rare Affairs has moved to 400 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1500, Atlanta, GA 30339. The new phone number is 770/436-7874. Web site: ▪ Over the Top Party Linens has moved to 11880 W. State Road 84, Suite D-5, Davie, FL 33325. The new phone number is 954/424-0076. Web site:


Put the “fun” in fund-raisers by having your guests paint their own ceramic tiles for a community wall at a school, business or hospital. Sold for individuals or groups, Ceramics To Go kits include ceramic pieces, paints, brushes, a sponge, stencils, instruction sheet and return shipping labels. The pieces are sent back to the factory for kiln firing and later returned to you for mounting. Your guests will take pride in their artistic endeavors, and you will have made an impression that will last a lifetime. For more information, contact Torrance, Calif.-based Ceramics To Go, 310/533-0311 or visit its Web site at


If it's caviar your guests crave, Elverta, Calif.-based Stolt Sea Farm California offers the free brochure “The Simple Elegance of Sterling Caviar.” The brochure describes the characteristics specific to this farm-raised, white sturgeon caviar and gives presentation suggestions, including a recipe from executive chef Ken Frank of La Toque in Napa, Calif. For more information, contact Stolt Sea Farm California at 916/991-4420 or visit its Web site at


Carter Ray Jenson died December 1. In 1985, after a long career in sales, Jenson and his wife Anita began what is now Jenson and Associates, representing event equipment companies King Arthur, Samsonite Commercial Furniture and RABO Enterprises. He was a longstanding member of the ARA and Rotary International.

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