People News: Smithbucklin, SAVOR and more. continues to fill newly created roles and find new leadership

People News: Smithbucklin, SAVOR and more. continues to fill newly created roles and find new leadership

The retail industry is heading into the new year with strong hiring and momentum that belies national concerns about a looming economic recession. Here’s all the latest celebrity news you need to know!


Community management company Smithbucklin launched a new network-based organizational structure and leadership role to serve the dynamic and emerging needs of the community market. As part of the structureJim McNeill has been named president of the company’s community management business, responsible for advancing the ambitions of current and future community management clients and developing and promoting the next generation of community leaders.

With more than 30 years’ experience working with communities and commercial companies, McNeil has served as a senior executive at Smithbucklin for more than ten years in a variety of roles.


TASTEculinary department ASM Globalappointed an experienced culinary specialist Sincerely, Roxanne As the Moscone Center’s new and first-ever female culinary director. After serving as the venue’s executive chef in 2017, Galang returns to the convention center with more than a decade of culinary experience in the San Francisco area, including his most recent role as executive chef for The Bon Appetit, a premium catering service. Chase Center.

In her role at the convention center, Galang will manage all culinary activities, including overseeing and coordinating all large-scale cooking operations and daily food production; assist with staffing; and supervises the training of chefs, cooks and other kitchen staff. He oversees menu planning for all functions, applying his knowledge of food trends, sustainability and market conditions to create the highest quality F&B experience at events.

During his career, Galang served as chef and head of catering at The Sarap, kitchen operations chef at Foxtail Catering & Events, and director of the food safety program.


A leading provider of exhibition, exhibition and event services, Fernannounced a key addition to its senior leadership team as well as a staff promotion.

Sheila LeMaster assumed the role of senior vice president of the strategic account group, where he works with the company’s account management team to provide superior organizational and exhibition experience across all aspects of specialty account management, including design, production and client service. events. He has more than 25 years of experience in sales operations, exhibition services and facility account management and as an official service contractor.

Cathy Fitzgerald Promoted from operations manager in Seattle to director of operations for the Pacific Northwest region. Fitzgerald, who started his career as an operations assistant, became part of the Fern team in 2019 after the company acquired Triumph Expo, for which he worked for almost 13 years.

Go to Spokane

Go to Spokane appointed a new interim CEO and recently added two new members to the marketing department. Following CEO Meg Winchester’s retirement on January 1, Maureen Dodreau From August 2012, he served as the interim president and CEO after serving as the finance director. Well-versed in the inner workings of a destination marketing organization, she will work to seamlessly lead Visit Spokane staff through this transition until she is transferred. will be found.

Following her previous role as promotion and marketing specialist for Chi Alpha Campus Ministries USA, Hannah Deubel joined as marketing coordinator and Cathy Mathews was appointed digital content specialist after previously working as a freelance brand designer for a small business.

Custom registration

Event registration and search service provider Custom registration recently raised Joshua Hoover from director of operations to vice president. Hoover began his career with the company in 2016 as a national account manager and has been involved in the day-to-day business operations of the company since 2019, creating schedules and milestones for clients and extensively involved in software development for client integration.

New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center appointed leadership roles for its new innovation team and recently named a chief diversity officer.

Leads the Innovation Team, a division of the Convention Center’s Human Services Department, focused on developing creative approaches to optimize, optimize and transform the operations and culture of the Convention Center. Tim Tumminello as Senior Director of Human Services and Innovation and Kelly Zohar-DavisAssistant Director for Talent Development and Innovation.

Tumminello, an employee of the convention center for more than 20 years, was promoted from his most recent position as director of public services. He is an HR professional and results-oriented leader with extensive experience in delivering talent acquisition, retention and development solutions to organizations.

As Talent Development Manager for 12 years, Zohar-Davis developed employee training programs and led cultural initiatives at the convention center, including the Innovation Lab. After serving as a high school teacher and university lecturer, he has extensive experience teaching food service professionals in the hospitality industry.

In his new role as Chief Diversity Officer, Roxin Spencer responsible for supporting convention center policies and directives that reduce bias, increase equitable outcomes, and promote respect and inclusion while ensuring that communications and public service programs reflect the organization’s DEI goals.

Spencer most recently served as director of the institution’s small and emerging business program, a position created in 2019 to help promote the importance of diverse and small business inclusion. He previously served as a compliance officer and, prior to that, as a certification officer for the Office of Supplier Diversity in the City of New Orleans.


Peter Hepfrich added Skyline Exhibitions as Chief Financial Officer, responsible for the creation and implementation of all financial strategies and leading the finance, accounting and technology teams. He brings to his new role more than 20 years of experience in strategic financial planning and corporate development, with experience in successfully implementing financial strategies, developing company culture and leading change initiatives while adapting to a dynamic environment.

Goepfrich most recently served as CFO of MatrixCare and has more than 15 years of experience in CFO roles at companies including Ascentis, Qumu, Deluxe, API Healthcare and Vital Images. Prior to these positions, Goepfrich spent seven years in the auditing practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Visit Greater Palm Springs

Visit Greater Palm Springs welcomed Todd Burke as its first vice president of communications, is tasked with supporting the CVB’s public relations and communications efforts, as well as leading communications for its corporate initiatives including workforce development, education, sustainability and DEI.

An accomplished corporate communications executive with more than 25 years of experience managing public relations for some of the world’s largest companies and brands, Burke most recently served as director of communications for Tenet Healthcare in California, where he managed media relations and communications in 13 California locations. hospitals. He has held executive positions at airlines including TWA and American, served as vice president of corporate communications for JetBlue, and currently serves as commissioner of Palm Springs International Airport.

Visit Greater Palm Springs also recently discovered a 30-year travel and tourism industry veteran Don Prince as director Indian Wells Tourism. In his new role, Prince will not only work closely with the City of Indian Wells and local tourism partners to increase awareness and visitation, but will also promote Indian Wells through strategic marketing, sales and public relations programs.

Along with positions such as Deputy Director of the Arizona Office of Tourism and Director of Tourism for the City of Prescott, Arizona, Prince has held senior positions in business and tourism development strategy at marketing agencies specializing in hospitality and tourism brands in the US. Europe and Latin America. He has held sales and marketing positions for numerous cruise lines, including Royal Caribbean and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and has owned and operated two travel agencies focused on luxury travel and cruises.

Georgia International Convention Center

The Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) appointed Ricky Van Duvall as his new director of sales and marketing, will be tasked with overseeing the team responsible for marketing the facility’s convention center as well as the Gateway Center Arena and Historic College Park golf course. VanDuvall will also be responsible for driving targeted growth by working with the ATL Area Airport CVB to bring awareness to all hotels and venues located on the GICC campus and bring meaningful, revenue-generating events to the market.

A certified hospitality sales professional, he brings more than 20 years of hotel industry experience to the GICC team and has served in various sales capacities at hotel brands including Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport, Radisson Hotel Group and Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport.

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