• Black Olive Bar & Grill Names New Manager

    POSTED February 18, 2016

Geoff Lawson, vice president and general manager of The National Conference Center, recently announced the hiring of Mary V. Murry as manager of the Black Olive Bar & Grill at The National.

Murray brings more than 35 years of food and beverage experience which includes owning her own restaurant in the Florida Keys and managing a number of casual and fine dining restaurants. Most recently she played an essential role in the opening of two new sports bars in Ohio.

“We are very happy to have Mary as part of our Black Olive team,” stated Lawson.  “Her experience will be a great asset to our food & beverage initiatives as we enhance the Black Olive experience for all our guests, as a sports bar and as a grill.”

The Back Olive has had a number of renovations and features a new menu designed by The National’s Executive Chef Chris Ferrier. The Black Olive also features an extensive wine list curated by Mary Watson, Chief wine officer at The National. The restaurant features karaoke live music and DJ scheduled.

Murray graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor’s degree in business management. 

Held at North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh, N.C., The Special Events Company recently debuted the 2017 North Carolina CEO Forum. The planning, logistics and on-site operation of the leadership forum was led for the eighth consecutive year by the Cary-based company. This year’s event was focused mainly on Innovation and Leadership in Healthcare which brought more than 400 CEO’s and executives from organizations and companies around the United States.


McEvoy Ranch, located in Petaluma, Calif., is setting a precedent. Through its brand new program, the 550-acre ranch of Marin County is welcoming outside companies and groups to host corporate and special events for the first time. Guests will have a pick of six customizable indoor and outdoor venues, allowing for a variety of events, gatherings and meetings.


From April 22 through Oct. 29, Dale Chihuly will host his first major garden art exhibition in New York in more than 10 years at the New York Botanical Garden.

Bank of America is presenting the exhibition, which will showcase 20 installations and include drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of Chihuly’s artistic process through his career. The vistas feature Chihuly’s signature shapes in vibrant colors.