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Who’s News for August 25, 2023

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AHC Hospitality opened Celeste Salon & Spa on August 15 at the Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton. With design and architecture by global firm Gensler, Celeste brings the timelessness of rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation to Grand Rapids’ historic hotel. The new state-of-the-art facilities include a hair salon, nail salon, five treatment rooms, a steam room, dry sauna, hot tub whirlpool and one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor relaxation spaces. Sophisticated and warm interiors feature custom woodworking pieces, elegantly understated brushed gold accents and chocolate brown hues. Before and after treatments, salon and spa guests enjoy views of the Grand River atop private and shared balconies found throughout the space. 

People on the Move

The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa has announced Ryan Bunker as its new General Manager. In this role, Bunker will oversee and manage the daily operations of the North Texas resort, steering it toward peak performance and continuous progress. With a successful 24-year career within hospitality, Bunker graces Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa with his experience and industry knowledge. 

Mark Catuogno has joined the team at OCHIN, a national nonprofit working to improve the health of rural and medically underserved communities through integrated health IT, workforce, and operational solutions. In his new role, Catuogno will remain based in New York and will plan and execute both OCHIN-hosted and external conferences and events, including OCHIN’s annual member Learning Forum.  

Hot off the Press

Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s largest Latinx dance organization and one of America’s Cultural Treasures, is thrilled to announce its exciting lineup of performances and events in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). This year’s robust roster of entertaining and engaging programming will delight audiences and communities in the United States and Canada. Additionally, Ballet Hispánico will host Celebración Latina, this year’s community event in New York City. Click here for more information on all Hispanic Heritage Month programming. 

The IMEX Group has made a significant move on its journey to net zero with the public launch of a Net Zero Strategy This outlines IMEX’s roadmap to deliver net zero events and operate a net zero business by 2030. IMEX intends to reach net zero by 2030, ahead of the 2050 target set out by NZCE in line with the Paris Agreement. 

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