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Stephanie Kelly Joins Westin Southfield Sales Team

Stephanie Kelly joined the 388-room Westin Southfield Hotel and Executive Meeting Center as its new senior sales manager overseeing association, family reunion, government, multicultural and religious markets.

She brings 30 years of hospitality experience and earned numerous awards for outstanding sales performance.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown Wins Hilton Award

At the Hilton's 2016 Development Awards, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown was awarded the New Build/Adaptive Reuse of the Year award. HRI Properties, LLC were the developers for the $110 million conversion of the Plymouth Building into the Embassy Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown, with hotel design firm The Gettys Group and Design-Builder Ryan Companies US. Inc. collaborating on the project. The Embassy Suites Minneapolis was honored because it met and exceeded the Hilton brand and quality standards while also influencing its community.

Ocean Place Resort and Spa Welcomes a New Executive Chef!

Guillermo Veloso has joined the team at Ocean Place Resort and Spa as their new executive chef. Veloso is no stranger to the region, being a New York City and northern Jersey native. 

Veloso has an extensive culinary career extending more than 35 years, but he has also spent time as an archaeologist and naturalist. He was the executive chef at Miami’s Yuca Restaurant and has also served as executive chef at Philadelphia’s Cuba Libre and the Please Touch Museum. 

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Awards Members of its Business Community

On June 3, 2017, City National Bank presented the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce's 95th Annual Gala at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Wayne Pathman, the Chamber Chairman of Board, and Kelly Blanco from NBC 6 co-hosted the 900 guests at the Magical Affair-themed gala, organized by Jessica Fuentes Victor of Café Avanti, Jeff Greene of 84 West Studios and Leila Chang of Ideal Lifestyle Concierge.

Jennifer Erney Named PCMA 2017 Supplier of the Year

Jennifer Erney, Associate Luxury Hotels International vice president of sales, was named the 2017 Supplier of the Year by PCMA at the 2017 PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards. The 2017 Professional Excellence Awards winners were selected from nearly 7,000 members of PCMA.

“Our 2017 honorees and award winners’ accomplishments serve as inspiration to both industry veterans and novices alike,” says Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA. “Each an expert in their profession – always endeavoring to lead the advancement of their organizations and the business events industry.”

Greater Lansing CVB and Team Lansing Foundation Announce CTA of the Year

Michigan’s Team Lansing Foundation, along with the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau,revealed Doug Klein, CTA, executive director of the Mason Area Chamber of Commerce, as the 2016 Greater Lansing Certified Tourism Ambassador of the Year. He received his award at the 2017 Greater Lansing CVB Annual Meeting held on Feb. 21 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing; Klein is one of more than 500 CTAs in the area.

ADMEI Awards Revealed

On January 21, the annual Associate of Destination Management Executives International Achievement Awards Gala took place in Barcelona, Spain, with Corinthian Events, Destination Nashville, Spaintacular, and The Destination Manager receiving numerous awards. The three US-based DMCs took home all three categories in Achievement, Excellenc, and Recognition. Robert Lee of Spaintacular won the Joanne O’Connor President’s Award for exhibiting over the top professional skills and enthusiasm.

2017 U.S. Pastry Competition Finalists Announced

A select group of talented pastry chefs will compete for Pastry Chef of the Year at Paris Gourmet’s U.S. Pastry Competition held during the International Restaurant & Foodservice show of New York. The event will be held on March 5 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The competition’s theme this year is Modern Masters Come to Chocolate. The chefs have three hours to arrange their exhibit and are only allowed one assistant. The judges will all be board members of the Societe Culinaire Philanthropique, one of the world’s oldest chef associations.

Cavalry Court Announces Partnership With Five-Star AudioVisual

Cavalry Court has entered into an exclusive partnership with Five-Star AudioVisual, who will be the technology supplier for all their meetings and events.

Five-Star AudioVisual Nominated For Vendor Of The Year

Park City Area Lodging Association announced that it has nominated Five-Star AudioVisual for the 2017 Vendor of the Year Award at the Black Diamond Awards Ceremony.

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