Edison, N.J.-based Sperry Events has hired former television commercial producer Sharon Gernsheimer as production manager. Call 732/661-1055; www.sperryevents.com. ▪ Columbus, Ohio-based Dascenzo Creative has hired former Nickelodeon producer Meredith Gates Hart as director of its new production division. Call 614/228-7738; www.dascenzocreative.com. ▪ David Epstein has joined Chicago-based G/M! Productions as executive producer. Call 312/397-9100, ext. 251; www.gmproductions.com. ▪ Marty Myerson has joined Los Angeles-based Renaissance Caterers as senior sales coordinator. Call 818/999-0990. ▪ Rancho Dominguez, Calif.-based Abbey Event Services has added Kristjan Gavin and Crista Anderson to its sales team. Call 310/900-0099; www.abbeyrents.com. ▪ Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort in Scottsdale, Ariz., has appointed Ted Ent director of food and beverage. Call 480/991-3388; www.hyatt.com. ▪ Mike Mugnai has joined Los Angeles-based corporate event design and production company Angel City Designs as vice president of group travel services. Call 818/997-1662; www.angelcitydesigns.com.
Full-service catering, event planning and production firm Metropolitan Washington Parties, located in McLean, Va., has launched McLean Gourmet, a European-style gourmet retail shop. The new division features a “boardroom dining” program that delivers luncheons and cocktail food to corporate clients. Metropolitan Washington Parties/McLean Gourmet, 6226 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, VA 22101; 703/237-6100; www.washingtonparties.com. ▪ Phil Maxwell and Ernie DiGenarro of Chino, Calif.-based California Portable Party Sales have launched a new company, California Table Manufacturing Co., which builds plywood rental tables. California Table Manufacturing Co., 15072 Sierra Bonita Lane, Chino, CA 91710; 800/641-9960.
Denver-based prop shop Colorado Scenery has moved into a larger facility in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. The new address is 4920 Carr Street, Suite C, Arvada, CO 80002; 303/394-4857; www.coloradoscene.com.
IT'S A BLAST
The special effects specialists at Talking Laser Co. have added confetti and streamers to their bag of tricks. Los Angeles-based TLC can launch standard flutter confetti, specialized designs, including snowflakes and company logos — even genuine rose petals. Streamers and confetti can be combined for multiple layers of color and shape. Combination launches that blend lasers, pyro or balloon walls with confetti are also available. For details, visit www.call4ideas.com or call 800/447-3585 or 310/822-6790.
PLAY IT SAFE
Miller Brewing Co. jumps into the event arena with “Celebrate Responsibly: A Guide to Responsible Event Planning.” Designed for fair, festival and sporting event organizers as well as association managers, corporate event planners, and food and beverage vendors, this practical handbook covers event security, safe-ride programs and recycling, among other topics. A chapter on preventing underage drinking at events offers advice for using wristbands and ID checks more effectively. The booklet's back sleeve contains a reusable calendar and event planning checklist. For more information, contact Miller at 800/MILLER-6.