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Who's News for November 10, 2022

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Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, a new boutique hotel with a vibrant atmosphere and art deco flair, is now open in Fort Lauderdale Beach. Formerly Kimpton Goodland, the newly-branded Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach will offer guests an elevated experience and updated programming taking cues from the original resort. The resort will allow guests to experience the local lifestyle, sprawling beaches, and varied entertainment options with on-property activities in music, fitness, mixology, wellness and more. The three-story resort has 96 thoughtfully-designed guest rooms, including two junior suites, each dispersed among airy hideaways and scenic courtyards filled with lush tropical flora. 

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The SEARCH Foundation, a 501(c)3 that assists event professionals in crisis, is pleased to announce their incoming board of directors for 2022.  

  • Chairwoman – Kate Patay, Terramar DMC 
  • Vice Chair – David Lombardo, Lombardo's Hospitality Group 
  • Treasurer –  Frank Puleo, Framboise Catering 
  • Secretary – Michele Polci, Caesars Entertainment 
  • Immediate Past Chair – Rick Turner, ESPN 
  • Crisis Relief Chair – Patrick McMichael, Denon & Doyle 
  • Executive Advisor – Joann Roth-Oseary, Someone’s in the Kitchen 

Directors: Thuy Diep, Bobby Dutton - GBM6, Stephanie Jayko - Knockout Productions, Jolie Oree-Bailey - Low Country Quisine, India Rhodes - Wilkinson Rhodes, Thomas Whelan - Levy Convention Centers, JC York - Classic Entertainment 

Abby Murtagh has been named Vice President and Managing Director of The Broadmoor. Ms. Murtagh will bring a fresh perspective as she oversees the resort operations for the 104-year-old property. Her focus is executing strategies that contribute to the resort’s financial success. Her career spans famed hospitality resorts and experiences ranging from Hawaii and Manhattan to properties in Salt Lake City, UT and Phoenix, AZ. Ms. Murtagh earned her Bachelor of Science at the School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University. 


Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau (SBCTB) was honored with ConventionSouth’s Annual Readers’ Choice Award. SBCTB is among 416 convention and visitor bureaus (CVBs), meeting facilities and hotels located across the South to receive this year’s Readers’ Choice Award. Since its creation in 2001, this is the eighth time that Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau has received the award. “The value in receiving this prestigious recognition is that it comes from the United States’ top meeting professionals who hold events in the South,” said ConventionSouth Associate Publisher Tiffany Burtnett. “These planners demand the highest level of customer service and quality facilities, and they have determined that Shreveport-Bossier CTB indeed displays the commitment to professionalism, creativity and service that they require.” 

ConventionSouth also honored AT&T Hotel and Convention Center with a 2022 Reader’s Choice Award for the 5th time. With over 4000 convention and visitors bureaus and venues nominations, AT&T HCC was 1 of 59 winners in the entire state of Texas. Additionally, AT&T HCC was awarded with four Stella Awards from Northstar Meetings Group that offers essential planning solutions to ensure meetings, events and incentive programs succeed. 



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