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Who’s News for December 8, 2023

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Pacifica Hotels, the largest owner and operator of over 40 brand and boutique hotels on the Pacific Coast, announced a roundup of new hires and promotions: Chris Lee - Hotel Manager at Hotel Belamar; Golda Escalante - General Manager at The Wayfarer SLO, Tapestry Collection by Hilton; June Kuglin - General Manager at The Riviera Beach House; Harrison Hardin - General Manager at Quality Inn & Suites Hermosa Beach; Nicole Dichirico - Assistant General Manager at Sandcastle Hotel on the Beach; Laura Mascari - Sales Manager at King Kamehameha Kona Beach Resort; Scott Ragosta - Regional Director of Sales at Pacifica Hotels. 

See Monterey, the tourism board promoting Monterey County as an inspiring coastal destination, announced the appointment of Michele Pearce as the new senior conference sales manager. With nearly 20 years of industry experience, Pearce will serve as a key member of the See Monterey team and support its multifaceted strategy to drive diverse group business to all corners of the destination.

WyreStorm, an award-winning audio-visual solutions manufacturer, announced the appointment of industry veteran Hal Truax as the President of its Commercial Division. In this key leadership role, Truax will spearhead the company's strategic initiatives, driving global growth and fostering innovation within the commercial AV industry. With a distinguished career spanning over two decades, Truax brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new role. His deep understanding of the AV landscape, coupled with a proven track record of leadership and strategic vision, positions him as a driving force behind WyreStorm's commitment to delivering cutting-edge solutions to its clients. 

SmartSource®, an ABCOM Technology Group company and a leading technology solutions company, has announced the hiring of Tom Boccard as the new Executive Vice President of Sales. With more than 15 years of sales leadership experience, Boccard brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to SmartSource, particularly in key verticals such as trade shows and conferences, where he has a strong history of collaboration with current clients of SmartSource. Tom's most recent role as SVP of Sales at GlobalData, a global digital media company, saw him at the helm of a team delivering data, expert analysis, and innovative solutions across diverse sectors. 

Hot off the Press

cavlo, a trades-only event for members of the professional audio, video and lighting community and WAVE, an AVL event that focuses on utilizing Audio, Video, and Lighting to increase congregation engagement, have teamed up to bring together the WAVE event at the cavlo event in Nashville, TN this April 2-3, 2024. “WAVE is honored to partner with the cavlo event. We have many of the same ideals and are both growing brands in the audio-visual industry. This synergy creates a larger event for all audio, video and lighting technicians, managers, and designers to experience while increasing ROI for sponsors and exhibitors,” says Ron Procopio, Founder, WAVE. 

EventWorks, the Southeast's premier event rental provider, and Quest Events, the nation's leading drape and scenic elements provider, have unveiled their strategic combination, marking a significant milestone in the event industry. The merger brings together two esteemed organizations to fortify strengths, broaden reach and deliver an unparalleled full-service experience to event professionals. EventWorks and Quest Events will seamlessly integrate their offerings, providing expanded selection and services to a broad clientele across multiple locations. 

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