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Kelli Sahara has been promoted at Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts in Honolulu.

Who’s News in Special Events for July 25, 2019

Special events business news this week includes a new catering account director at Kyo-ya Hotels in Hawaii.

Kelli Sahara has been promoted to account director in the catering and events department of the Marriott International Waikiki Complex of properties owned by Kyo-ya Hotels and Resorts in Honolulu.

Rick Weber has joined New York-based McVeigh Global Meetings and Events as vice president of sales.

Chicago-based experience agency Wilson Dow Group has named David Grass as director of client strategy.

Will Hood has joined London-based agency TEN6 Creative as senior creative designer.

Event production agencies Empire Entertainment, based in New York, and PeakXV Global Events, headquartered in Hermosa Beach, Calif., will merge. The combined entity will be known as Empire.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council as chosen Bob Gold and Associates, based in Redondo Beach, Calif., to promote the Think Asia, Think Hong Kong symposium in Los Angeles on Sept 20.

Kostas Christopoulos has been promoted to regional director of sales for the Los Angeles and Latin America worldwide sales offices for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

Thompson Zihuatanejo [Mexico]—the newest property in Mexico from luxury lifestyle brand Thompson Hotels—announces the appointment of Danyelle Montgomery as director of sales and marketing.

Dallas-based show producer Freeman has earned the Events Industry Council Level 2 APEX/ASTM Environmental Sustainable Meetings Standard Certification, in recognition of its efforts to help clients execute sustainable events that not only meet but exceed event industry standards.

Santa Ana, Calif.-based security and facilities management company Allied Universal has announced the rebrand of Staff Pro to Allied Universal Event Services. Staff Pro was obtained through the company’s acquisition of U.S. Security Associates in 2018. The division provides crowd management, event staffing and consulting.

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