MOVING UP Anna Ference has joined Bayard's, a restaurant and event venue in New York, as catering director. 1 Hanover Square, New York, NY 10004; 212/514-9454 t Aztec Tents & Events has hired Alex Kousmanoff as a sales representative. 540 Hawaii Ave., Torrance, CA 90503; 310/328-5060 t Sandy Pagnotti has joined P.W. Feats as director of client services. 1540 Russell St., Baltimore, MD 21230; 410/727-5575 t Mintahoe Hospitality Group, parent company of Apples and Perfect Host Catering, has hired Joleen Rudeen as an event consultant. 1021 Bandana Blvd. E., St. Paul, MN 55108; 612/660-8676 t Tri-Rentals has hired Adrian Velazquez as tent department manager, Joe Velazquez as tent installer and Melanie Kissinger as sales representative. J.J. Bowers has been promoted to general manager of the company's Albuquerque store. 1895 S. Los Feliz Drive, Tempe, AZ 85281; P.O. Box 40640, Mesa, AZ 85274-0640; 800/678-3854, 602/966-3474 t Elegant Edibles has hired Jo Ann Bianchi as executive chef and Russell Clackner as director of operations. 2201 Indian St., Suite H-13, Stuart, FL 34997; 561/220-8806 t Tonie Roberts has been named director of sales for the Las Vegas office of Sherman Oaks, California-based Extraordinary Events. 3300 S. Decatur, Suite 8, Las Vegas, NV 89102; 702/220-8801.
BRANCHING OUT The Full Effect, a British-based event production company, has opened production facilities in Bangkok, Thailand. Exchange Building, 16 St. Cuthbert's St., Bedford, England MK40 3JG; +44(0)1234-269099 t Rachelle Hertzberg and Jim Post have started Advantage Destination & Meeting Services, a destination management and special event production firm. 20211 N.E. 15th Court, North Miami Beach, FL 33179; 305/651-2367 t Lisa Wagner, owner of Enchanting Affairs, a social event planning firm, has opened a corporate event division, Lisa Wagner Special Events. 179-9 Route 255, Rockaway, NJ 07866; 973/586-7906 t New York-based Mark Sonder Music has opened an office to service the Washington, D.C. market. 4611 Deerwatch Drive, Chantilly, VA 20151; 703/968-8670 t Anthony E. Griffin and Associates, an event production firm, has moved its production studio to 3944 W. Segerstrom Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92704. Jeffrey Johnson has been named senior production director and Scott Barckley operations director of the new production facility. Office mailing address: P.O. Box 15831, Newport Beach, CA 92659; 949/650-7667.
FOR THE RECORD MH Photography & Concepts took the photograph featured on the cover ofd the February 1999 issue of Special Events Magazine.