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Who's News for January 21, 2021

Special events business news

Visit Plano has tapped Steve Yearwood as its new Association and SMERF (social, military, educational, religious and fraternal) Sales Manager, and appointed Olivia Woodward to the position of Event Services Coordinator. 

Yearwood, who joined Visit Plano this month, is responsible for booking SMERF and association conventions, meetings, events and securing hotel room nights in Plano. Woodward joined Visit Plano in November, 2020. She manages all logistics, arrangements, and services for Visit Plano clients once they have been booked in Plano by the Visit Plano sales team.

AHC Hospitality announces the promotion of Ross Bartlett to regional general manager of the historic Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton in downtown Grand Rapids’ Hotel District. Most recently serving as the assistant general manager at the historic hotel, Bartlett will continue to provide day-to-day leadership for the property in his expanded role, as well as lead AHC’s newest project, the city’s extended-stay, pet-friendly Morton Hotel, and oversee the security and parking departments for AHC Hospitality.  

Ross began his tenure with AHC Hospitality in January 2016 as the director of rooms for the Amway Grand Plaza and was promoted to assistant general manager in early 2019 to support overall hotel operations. Ross was recognized in 2018 as AHC Hospitality’s Operations Manager of the Year and has most recently led the Epsilon Class of the AHC Leadership Academy.  

LEO Events, a global brand-experience agency headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee is proud to announce its recognition in the 2021 Chief Marketer Top 200. Chief Marketer, a leading publisher of content, recognition programs, and training events for Fortune 1000 marketers, has named LEO in the Top 200 List for the fourth consecutive year. Created as a way to highlight the fast-growing agency community, Chief Marketer’s Top 200 list unveils the world’s only editorial list of best-in-class brand engagement and activation agencies.  

LEO Events was named in the B2B Experiential Marketing category of the CM200, which features agencies across 11 categories, including B2B Brand Engagement, B2B Demand Gen, Martech, B2C Experiential, Promotion, Retail/Shopper, Sports and Entertainment, Design and Innovation, Digital/Content, and Social Media. 

The Go Safe Certification Programme, an initiative spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is continuing to be rolled out across the emirate as DCT Abu Dhabi works towards its target of standardising health and safety measures across 100% of all retail, tourism, and commercial establishments in Abu Dhabi.  

The ambitious and ground-breaking initiative has brought together the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Aldar Properties, Modon Properties (Modon), Yas Theme Parks and attractions, as well as Etihad Airways in a joint partnership created to combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep the local economy moving by reassuring visitors and residents they are safe to visit any establishment because of the stringent safety protocols in place. 

Marquee Event Group, a premier event rental company with operations in the Midwest and Southwest markets, announced the successful completion of a recapitalization of the business. As the COVID-19 vaccine becomes widely available, the new agreement will provide the growth capital necessary to accelerate investment in both existing and new event relationships.  

Marquee Event Rentals, headquartered in McCook, IL, is a premier special event rental company that provides a wide variety of event rental equipment including linens, fine china, flatware, dinnerware, tents, tables, chairs and more. 

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