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Chris Kornbrust Photo courtesy Extraordinary Events

Who’s News in Special Events for June 1, 2017

Special events business news this week includes a new account executive at Extraordinary Events

Chris Kornbrust (in photo above) has joined Extraordinary Events of Sherman Oaks, Calif., as an account executive.

Herb Stone, founder of high-end linen firm La Tavola, headquartered in Napa, Calif., has died. He and wife Betsy have had a storied career in special events.

Atlanta-based Proof of the Pudding has announced new promotions: Lawrence Morrow has been promoted to general manager of CulinAero by Proof of the Pudding at the Georgia International Conference Center, Atlanta; Josalyn Holmes has been promoted to executive chef at the Douglasville [Ga.] Conference Center; and Ron Horgan has been promoted to executive chef at the Carter Center, Atlanta. In addition, Matthew Alston has been named executive chef at the Proof Trident Provisions team, and Jimmy Petracci will take the role of executive sous chef of the company’s off-premise division.

Big party rental company PParty Rental Ltd., headquartered in Teterboro, N.J., has announced that Sandy Smith and Ellie Goldman have both taken the role of business development manager for the company’s new operation in Boston.

Donna Karl Sakelakos, CMP, has been named director of event services at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. In her role as director, she will supervise the planning and execution of all events held at the facility.

Tom Pass has been named head of business development for London-based hospitality firm Searcys.

Longtime rental expert Brenda Maynard has launched a new career, working with food ministry Milford Baptist Church in Marietta, Ga. Her former company--Spandex Rentals of Marietta—is now owned by Reuben Ayoub of TLC Rents, Atlanta.

Tom Loughran has been named show director for Urban Expositions’ three foodservice shows: the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show in New York, the Western Foodservice and Hospitality Expo in California, and the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Show. The company has offices in Georgia and Connecticut.

Joshua Robinson has been named audiovisual and production manager at She’s Gott It, based in County Durham, U.K.

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