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Ronald Kay joins LEO
Ronald Kay joins LEO Events.

Who’s News in Special Events for Aug. 16, 2018

Event industry news this week includes a new owner for Hartmann Studios.

Ronald Kay has joined Memphis, Tenn.-based LEO Events as senior vice president of finance.

Costa Rica DMC has joined the DMC Network, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs.”

London-based event agency Ten6 Creative has named Leigh-Ann Harris to the newly created role of business manager, with Chris Brenta joining as key account manager.

Norris Conference Centers has announced the promotion of Darin Kelley to president, overseeing Norris Conference Centers, Red Oak Ballroom and Catering by Norris. The company has operations in Austin, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, Texas.

ITA Group, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, has acquired Hartmann Studios, a full-service experiential design and production studio with offices in San Francisco and Atlanta. The addition of capabilities such as creative content development, turnkey production, stages and sets, audiovisual and lighting will allow ITA Group to bring experiential design and production completely in-house and enhance synergy between strategy and execution, the company says.

Conrad New York and catering partner Union Square Events have announced the appointments of Edward Rodriguez to executive banquet chef and Giovanna Alvarez to executive sous chef.

Tracey Cosgrove has joined Secaucus, N.J.-based Rose Brand as director of special projects.

Upstage Communications, headquartered in London, announced that it will open an office in the San Francisco Bay area. The agency’s owner and CEO, Phil White, will base himself permanently on the West Coast to maximize business development opportunities, the company reports.

NYC and Co. has announced that Nancy Mammana has taken the role of senior vice president of marketing and Janette Roush will serve as managing director of marketing.

Susan Hinfey has been appointed director of sales for the Western U.S. by Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Teneo Hospitality Group.

Visit Omaha [Neb.] has announced the hiring of three new staff members: Jessica Weishahn will take the role of tourism sales manager, Lindsey Holmes will serve as national sales representative, and Melanie Hegwood has joined the team as convention services and housing manager.

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