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Ariel Bruckner has been promoted to director of beverage at Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin.

Who’s News in Special Events for Aug. 8, 2019

Special events business news this week includes a new F&B team at the Walt Disney Swan and Dolphin resort.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., has announced that Ariel Bruckner has been promoted to director of beverage, while Brian Exner and Kristian LaPlante have been promoted to assistant directors of food and beverage.

Torrance, Calif.-based Choura Events has announced three additions to its team. Amber Stevens has been named director of strategic partnerships, Tatum Pollard will take the role of director of marketing, and Dominic Venn has joined the company as vice president of sales.

Michael Brown will transfer from the Hello! DMC office in Las Vegas to the company’s office in San Diego, taking on the role of director of creative services. Hello is included on the latest Special Events "25 Top DMCs."

Meagan Shipley, CMP, has joined New York-based Cerbelli Creative as a project manager.

ILEA’s slate of 2019-20 officers will be installed today. They are: president Jennifer Trethewey, CSEP, managing director, JTG Global, Port Melbourne, Australia; president-elect Dana L. Macaulay, CSEP, director of experiential marketing, Sonoma County Vintners, Santa Rosa, Calif.; treasurer/secretary Alexis Gorriaran, CSEP, senior director of marketing/branding, Addventures, East Providence, Rhode Island; and immediate past president Sara Grauf, CSEP, senior vice president, Giants Enterprises, San Francisco.

Sara Edmonds has been named digital marketing specialist and marketing coordinator at San Francisco-based Got Light.

Thomas Burke has been named executive chef at the Mirbeau Inn and Spa Rhinebeck, slated to open in Rhinebeck, N.Y., slated to open this fall.

PCMA, based in Chicago has named Bruce MacMillan its chief marketing officer and Michelle Crowley as its first chief growth and innovation officer.

Kurtis Sylvester has joined the St. Regis San Francisco team as account director, overseeing group sales west of the Mississippi and managing all international, automotive, incentive house, education and travel accounts.

Quest Events, headquartered in Dallas, has announced the opening of a new location in Denver to support the needs of both existing and potential clients.

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