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Dan Hooks, CERP, is elected president-elect of the ARA.

Who’s News in Special Events for March 19, 2020

Special events news this week includes a new role at ARA for Dan Hooks of Party Reflections.

Dan Hooks, CERP, president and CEO of Charlotte, N.C.-based Party Reflections, has been elected president-elect for the American Rental Association. Party Reflections is included on the latest Special Events “30 Top Rental Companies” list.

Culinary Capers Catering, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, has acquired The Butler Did It Catering as part of an operations expansion strategy in metro Vancouver. “Our investment in a new Vancouver facility emphasizes our long-term commitment to the city,” said Culinary Capers founder and CEO Debra Lykkemark.

The event industry mourns the loss of Randy Fuhrman, a longtime fixture on the Los Angeles event scene.

Newport, R.I.-based event design and production company Perfect Surroundings, headed by Evan and Jordan Carbotti, had rebranded as Carbotti Experiences.

Ellen Pels has joined the Boston office of big party rental firm Party Rental Ltd. as business development manager.

Vicky Dennehy has joined the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Riveria Beach, Fla., as director of catering.

The Hilton Chicago Northbrook has announced the appointment of Vicki Harpelund as director of sales and marketing.

Chef Natalie Cohee has been named executive chef of Doubletree Orlando [Fla.] at SeaWorld.

Andaz West Hollywood [Calif.] has announced the appointment of Brittany Rodriguez as group sales manager. In this role, Rodriguez will oversee sales and business development in the entertainment market.

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