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Amber Heitz takes a new role at Bishop-McCann.

Who's News in Special Events for Aug. 20, 2020

Special events business news this week includes a new vice president of program operations for Bishop-McCann.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Bishop-McCann has announced the promotion of Amber Heintz to the newly created position of vice president of program operations.

Longtime catering pro John McPhee has joined Bill Hansen Catering of Miami as manager of business development.

360 Destination Group, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs” list, has launched “Just the Facts”—a tracking site showing re-openings of hotels and attractions in major event markets. Detailed information regarding hotel and attraction re-opening dates, updated capacities and operational changes allow clients to analyze the most current information available, the company says.

Los Angeles-based Russell Harris Event Group and UgoVirtual, a provider of virtual and hybrid event technology and hosting services to the global event industry, have partnered to deliver an impactful, scalable digital offering where creative event design leadership and a leading virtual event technology platform combine to engage conference and event audiences anywhere. With a comprehensive suite of custom virtualized event tools, aggregated data opportunities, and trackable ROI, the team provides the West Coast with a single optimized design and technology solution. The partners plan bring virtual reality, e-learning, and e-conferences into a comprehensive and visually dynamic platform.

Pico Hong Kong, included on the Special Events “50 top Event Companies,” has been appointed official virtual exhibitors service provider for the upcoming Cloud Expo Asia, Hong Kong, one of the leading B2B tech exhibitions and conferences in the area.

The 30th Annual 2020 Allie Awards will take place Aug. 23 beginning at 3 p.m EST as a virtual production. The virtual event will be a combination of pre-recorded segments featuring a special video tribute and interview with founding father Tim Lundy, CSEP, and current board president Terry Singleton, CSEP, CDMC; VIP presenters; sponsor spotlights; and entertainment vignettes. To ensure and maintain the element of surprise, all nominees were asked to submit acceptance videos so that no one will know who the winners are until they are announced during the actual viewing of the event. In addition to the virtual event, a live “in-person” industry celebration is being planned for next March. There is no charge to “attend” the virtual event. “This is a great way to show our families, industry colleagues and clients what it means to be part of the live events industry," says Claudette Pate, event chair. “This is a fantastic reminder of why we love so much doing what we do best--produce amazing memories!” Register for the 2020 Virtual Allie Awards here.

Back in business: MGM Resorts International has announced that the Mirage resort in Las Vegas will reopen its doors on Aug. 27. “As we have slowly and thoughtfully reintroduced our properties across the country, we have placed the health and safety of our guests and employees first at all times,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ CEO and president. “Reopening the Mirage allows us to bring many more of our employees back to work, which is critical in the recovery of our community.”

Luminary Hotel and Co., the new 243-room waterfront hotel opening next month in downtown Fort Myers, Fla., has announced that Kiel Lombardo has been named executive chef and Steve Adams has been tapped to be director of food and beverage.

Debbie Glenn has joined the Long Beach [Calif.] Convention and Visitors Bureau as national sales director.

Interactive Entertainment Group, headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., has been named to Inc. Magazine’s 5,000 fastest growing companies list.

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