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Gregg Herning joins ACCESS Destination Services as chief sales officer.

Who’s News in Special Events for June 7, 2018

Special events business news this week includes a new role at ACCESS for longtime MGM Resorts International exec Gregg Herning.

Big DMC ACCESS Destination Services, based in San Diego, announced today that Gregg Herning will take the role of chief sales officer. He most recently was vice president of sales for MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas, serving at two of the brand’s iconic hotels--the MGM Grand Hotel and most recently Bellagio Resort and Casino. ACCESS also announced that it will open an office in Nashville, Tenn., under the leadership of ACCESS partners Danielle Phippen and Heidi Brown.

Miami-based wedding and event planner Guerdy Abraira will open an office in New York.

The Estate Yountville in Yountville, Calif., has appointed Elizabeth Grillos to director of sales and marketing.

The Creative Engagement Group, headquartered in the U.K., has hired Rose Pimpinella to head up its US operations.

Rachel Levy, CMP, has joined the Diplomat Beach Resort of Hollywood, Fla., as director of national accounts.

Steve LaManna has joined Vanguard LED Displays of Lakeland, Fla., as head of its LED rental division.

JW Marriott Nashville, slated to open in Nashville, Tenn., this summer, has announced its team of culinary executives: Simon Bowker as executive chef, John Ford as executive sous chef, and Romain Fournel as executive pastry chef.

The Industrial Fabrics Association International, based in Roseville, Minn., has named Steve Schiffman, the association's vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring after holding the position for the last six years.

Travis Poppell has been named director of sales at the Huntington Convention Center and the Global Center for Health Innovation, both in Cleveland.

Lisa Oler has joined LA Photo Party in Glendale, Calif., as manager of event logistics.

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