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Who’s News for February 23, 2023

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The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Gold Resort & Spa has announced Kenan Cokelez as the new Chef for the resort’s dining outlets and banquet operation. Chef Cokelez now oversees performance of kitchen staff, controlling and directing the food preparation process, and developing menus with new or existing culinary creations ensuring the variety and quality of the servings. He began his career in Turkey, where he pursued his education at the Mengen Culinary School and received his first job as a line cook at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel. 

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The SEARCH Foundation has exceeded the $1,000,000 milestone in funds distributed to industry individuals in crisis. This money was raised from a variety of sources: large grants donated by larger companies, students who donated the equivalent of a monthly cup of coffee, individual and company donations, SEARCH 100 participants, and ticketed fundraising events. Read more about the SEARCH Foundation’s year in their 2022 Annual Report

The Special Event Company (TSEC), a North Carolina-based global experiential event agency, has expanded their scope of services through the creation of a dedicated creative and technical services division. To lead these efforts, they have hired Jon Chevalley as Executive Producer, Technical Services and Kevin Moore as Executive Producer, Creative Services. The addition of this new division within the agency allows TSEC to fill a needed gap within the regional market for a full-service production resource, providing more value for its customers with strategic, message driven communications. 

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