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Caroline Ramos joins Panache Events.

Who’s News in Special Events for Sept. 27, 2018

Special events business news this week includes a new sales director for Panache and promotions at Host Global New Orleans.

Caroline Ramos has joined Panache Events in Pompano Beach, Fla., as sales director.  A subsidiary of big rental company Event Source of Cleveland, Panache provides event rentals to central and south Florida. Ramos leads the sales team serving Orlando, Miami, Pompano Beach and West Palm Beach.

Las Vegas-based Hosts Global, included on the latest Special Events “25 Top DMCs,” has appointed Holly Valenti as the new general manager and Holly Bethay, DMCP, as vice president of sales for Hosts New Orleans. Also, Terry Epton, DMCP, has transitioned from  president of Hosts New Orleans to the newly developed corporate role of executive vice president, global brand ambassador. “These strategic moves offer growth and new opportunities for Hosts New Orleans as well as Hosts’ global consortium of destination management companies, which Epton’s new role will support,” the company said.

Atlanta-based Proof of the Pudding has announced that Tujuanza Ernest has been hired as catering sales manager at the Douglasville [Ga.] Conference Center. Also, Casey Hendricks has been promoted to food and beverage office manager for Proof of the Pudding at Fripp Island Resort in Harbor Island, S.C., and Michael Scott has been hired as assistant operations director for the company’s off-premise division.

Auburn Hills, Mich.-based George P. Johnson, included on the latest Special Events “50 Top Event Companies” list, has announced its acquisition of Kenwood Experiences, a San Francisco-based experiential marketing agency known for developing creative brand experiences, in a move designed to bolster GPJ’s creative service and live production capabilities, the company reports.

Special Events has been named one of the top 10 event planning magazines on the internet by Feedspot.

Ka'anapali Beach Hotel in Lahaina, Hawaii, has announced the appointment of Alex Pelayo as director of restaurants. 

Brock and Co. Events, Botanical No. 9 Floral and Design, and Caplan Miller Events have merged to form TRES Events. The new company is headquartered in Austin, Texas.

London-based WRG has named Claire Smart as scientific engagement director.

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