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Meet Amy Zaczkowski

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Amy Zaczkowski was recently hired as account executiv at the SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals in Hauppauge, N.Y.

1. What are you most looking forward to in your new role as Account Executive for SmartSource Computer & Audio Visual Rentals?

Lexington New York City Introduces New Meetings and Events Spaces

The Lexington New York City has recently undergone a $50 million renovation. The 725-room hotel, located in central Manhattan, has converted its S. Dynasty restaurant into a 5,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art meetings and events center. In addition, the hotel has two new meeting rooms—The Speakeasy and The Interlude—which are connected by the hotel’s Swing Room. These two room serve as the hotel’s main meeting rooms and have flexible furniture layouts that can accommodate up to 120 people.

Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts Announces New Buyouts Program

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts announced their new Exclusives and Buyouts program for their guests. The program is aimed to accommodate groups who are coming to the hotel for meetings.

Paul Van Deventer to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meetings Professional International, has been appointed to coalition co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition effective January 2017.

“Paul is already an active coalition member and I am thrilled to work alongside him next year as we continue to expand MMB’s reach and influence," says MMB co-chair Richard Harper. “He is the first MMB co-chair who leads a meeting professionals organization and his insights and experience will help us spread the MMB message to a larger audience in the coming years.”

Rockford Prepares for Multiple Sports Tournaments

Four large-scale sports tournaments are set to be hosted in the Rockford, Ill., region next year. It’s estimated that the participants, coaches and fans flocking to the area will contribute $5 million to the local economy during their stay.

The tournaments that have been booked so far include: the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 23–25; Amateur Athletic Union Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships, May 5–7; Premier SuperCopa Championship, Jun. 9–12; and the Elite Clubs National Playoffs, Jun. 22–27.

Zerista: A Deeper Dive into the Winter 2017 Infographic

In our Winter 2017 issues, we’re featuring the tech companies that were part of the 2016 ibtm America TechCollective in partnership with DAHLIA+. Because we can only fit so much in print, read on here for our full interview with Dade J. Gaylord, vice president of operations, Zerista, by JackRabbit Systems, Inc.

Zerista is an event management website and mobile app that allows event organizers and attendees to manage schedules, set up meetings, generate leads, and participate in games that encourage event learning, discussion, and collaboration.

Meet Cheryl Shirley

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These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Cheryl Shirley was recently hired as the new director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, Texas.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the director of catering at AT&T Executive Hotel and Conference Center?

Meet Wendy Worley

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Wendy Worley was recently hired as director of sales and marketing at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center Hotel in Colorado.

ILEA Announces CSEP Recipients

The International Live Events Association announced the six event professionals who have earned the Certified Special Events Professional certification in July 2016.

The recipients are: Katie Coleman, CSEP, Micayla Diener, CSEP, Daniela Grafman, CSEP, John Jossifakis, CSEP, Erin Kneesel, CSEP and Katie Krause, CSEP.

Wyndham Hotel Group Added More Meeting Space To Hotels

The largest hotel company in the world, Wyndham Hotel Group, has 16 iconic brands with about 8,000 hotels.

Recently, they’ve added Dolce Washington Dulles, part of the meetings brand Dolce Hotels and Resorts. Dolce Washington Dulles is under construction, and is due to open late in 2018. The hotel will feature 243 guest rooms and 13,000 square feet of meeting space.

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