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New MPI Orange Country president Pawntra Shadab celebrates with immediate past president Brian Gilman, Springhill Suites Huntington Beach, Calif., at the chapter’s awards and installation dinner at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, Calif., on June 12.

Who’s News in Special Events for June 27, 2019

Special events business news this week includes a new role for longtime hotel catering executive Lisa Barry.

Pawntra Shadab, vice president events and marketing with Elite Productions International, Laguna Niguel, Calif., has been newly installed as MPI Orange County [Calif.] president.

Lisa (Hopkins) Barry, CPCE, CMP, has been named director of sales and marketing at Hilton University of Houston.

CSI DMC, headquartered in Washington, has named Lacy Wilhoit and Linda Callan as senior account executives, both serving the company’s West Coast clients.

The Arlington [Texas] Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Chad Enloe as vice president of sales.

Dallas-based Quest Events, which provides pipe and drape, scenic and furnishing rental products to the event industry, has announced the opening of a new location in Indianapolis, serving the greater Indianapolis area along with the Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis, Mo., markets.

TheWit Hotel, located in Chicago, has announced the  appointment of Piers Smyth as the director of restaurants and beverage.

The Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Susan Richardson as its new director of sales.

Las Vegas-based Lip-Smacking Foodie Tours will now offer a 12 percent commission to any meeting planner who books one of its VIP culinary tours in its home base of Vegas or its three new cities of Seattle, San Jose, Calif., and Santa Monica, Calif.

Reno, Nev.-based Eldorado Resorts, which owns 26 properties in 12 states, is acquiring Caesars Entertainment’s  34 casinos and resorts in nine states, in a cash and share agreement that will create the largest gaming property company in the U.S.

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