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Who's News for August 4, 2022

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Family-owned hospitality company Evans Hotel, based in San Diego, CA, is pleased to announce Jayne Aston as the new General Manager of the Bahia Resort and Will Cherashore, former General Manager of the Bahia Resort, as its new Chief Financial Officer. Aston will lead the extensive day-to-day operations at the Bahia Resort Hotel on Mission Bay. Cherashore’s responsibilities will encompass the hotels’ financial reporting and compliance; recommending and implementing the company’s plans concerning capital investments and financing, and overseeing and providing financial analysis for operations and management.   

Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa of Frisco, TX names Jennie Strahan as Director of Activities.  Strahan has extensive and varied experience in well-being event and program management and is passionate about developing and executing program strategy, project planning, and engagement initiatives. Most recently, she led wellness activities and event program management for Alliance Data, a Fortune 100 company headquartered in Plano, Texas. “I look forward to developing programs that will further align the resort activities with Westin’s vision to ensure guests leave feeling better than when they arrived,” says Strahan. 

Raymond Byrnes has joined Staging Concepts as Western Regional Sales Manager. With more than 12 years of experience in commercial and contract seating, Byrnes brings a wealth of expertise to the company and its customers across the western United States. In his new role, Byrnes oversees sales activity and is responsible for developing strong relationships with existing and potential clients within the commercial arena, actively managing sales processes and driving high-value project opportunities. 

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ExCeL London, the UK capital’s largest events venue, has taken a significant step on its journey to net zero by becoming carbon neutral certified. The Royal Docks venue is committed to being a sustainability leader within the events industry and has now been awarded certification to PAS 2060, the only internationally recognized standard for carbon neutrality. Amongst ExCeL’s benchmark sustainability practices include using 100% renewable electricity, offsetting any remaining emissions for gas, fuel, waste, water and employee commuting, and the installation of water fountains that save 200,000 plastic bottles every year. 

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