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Colja Dams of Vok Dams

Who’s News in Special Events for Nov. 1, 2018

Special events business news today includes the new "bundled" suite of event services debuting from VOK DAMS.

International event producer VOK DAMS, headquartered in Germany, has launched its DLX division, which bundles the company’s expertise in hybrid events, live campaigns and agile event management. “DLX allows companies to creatively use the dynamics of digital transformation for communication. DLX breaks up silos and thought patterns, bringing digital intelligence, measurability and reach together with the emotional and authentic power of live marketing,” the company said in a statement. Read CEO Colja Dams' blog on the rising importance of "influencers" as the new celebrities for special events.

Destination Hotels has announced the appointments of Tricia Tierney as director of events and Jennifer Garrabrant as events manager at Bell Works, the newly unveiled property in Holmdel, N.J. Bell Works features more than 110,000 square feet of flexible indoor function space and an additional 10,000 square feet of outdoor event space.

Myra Adkins has joined Austin, Texas-based Tres Events as director of events.

Big Irvine, Calif.-based DMC 360 Destination Group, included on the latest Special Events "25 Top DMCs," has announced its expansion into Houston, Texas. Clayton Orr has joined the office as director of sales.

Minneapolis-based Carlson Wagonlit Travel has appointed Derek Sharp as managing director of CWT Meetings and Events. Sharp will be based in London, reporting to Kelly Kuhn, Chief Customer Officer of CWT, and serve as a member of CWT’s Customer Organization Leadership Team.

Archive Rentals, headquartered in San Clemente, Calif., has announced its expansion into Portland, Ore.

Nicole Dietz-Hunt has been named sales representative for Akron, Ohio-based Be Seated.

Big foodservice provider Centerplate has had its contract to provide foodservice at the Orange County [Fla.] Convention Center renewed for another four years, the company said.

Devin Gleason has been named director of sales and marketing at Lake Arrowhead [Calif.] Resort and Spa.

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa, Mauritius, announces the appointment of Alexandre Giraud as executive chef. 

Braedan Quigley has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Baha Mar, Nassau.

The Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong has announced the appointment of executive chef Matthew Woolford, who will oversee all of the culinary operations at the hotel.

WRG, a division of London-based The Creative Engagement Group, has appointed Jonathan Atkin as a senior producer.

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