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Dream Hollywood’s Executive Management Team Appointed

Hotel brand and management company Dream Hotel Group has announced three new hospitality executives to lead Dream Hollywood in Los Angeles: Ayo Akinsete as general manager, Kendall Viola as director of sales and marketing, and Carly Skinner as manager. The team will lead the hotel through its February 2017 launch.

The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte Opens Kinship

The Ritz-Carlton Charlotte has transformed its ground-floor dining location to create Kinship, a craft cocktail lounge. It provides interactive beverage options, authentic Latin small plates and a menu curated by Chef Juan Pablo de la Sota Riva.

The beverage services—Kinship Flask Service—is unique. It offers guests cocktails served in a flask that is left on the table so guests can replenish their drink as needed. They also offer smoked beverages, including the Smoked Pineapple Pear, which is made with smoked Hennessy, fresh pineapple and pear juice.

Meet Jackie Antonucci

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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.

Jackie Antonucci was recently hired as sales manager for Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau in Zelienople, Pa.

1. What are you looking forward to in your new role as sales manager at Butler County Tourism and Convention Bureau? Meeting all our members and contributing to its growth in this area.

New Sales Director for Snowmass Tourism

Alan Palmer has landed the job of group sales director for Snowmass Tourism. He brings 30 years of experience in ski area and hospitality to his position.

“We are thrilled to bring Alan on board as the new group sales director at Snowmass Tourism,” says Rose Abello, tourism director. “Alan’s wealth of experience in the ski and hospitality industries, not to mention his experience with the leisure travel and the tour operator market, make him a wonderful addition to our group sales team.”

AEG Management Leads LA Convention Center to Millions in Reserves

Celebrating three years with the Los Angeles Convention Center on Dec. 20, AEG Management is celebrating another achievement of leading the convention center to $6.1 million in reserves and annual operating surplus. This ended in a record-breaking financial result for the LACC along with many other improvements since the partnership began in 2013.

Since the management change, the LACC increased operating profits each year and surpassing its initial goal of $2.1 million in the first five years in only three years with $6.1 million instead.

Birding in Beaumont Gets Teams to Flock Together

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There are many ways to bring a team together, but few that offer the beauty of birdwatching. Beaumont, in particular, is a popular area for groups to go birdwatching and the Beaumont CVB can expertly line-up options. Victor Emanuel Nature Tours (VENT), for example, is a 40-year-old company based in Austin that operates more than 150 birding and natural history tours in Beaumont and other Texas locations, as well as all over the world. More than 350 bird species are spotted in and around Beaumont each year, many of them by corporate groups on team-building outings.

Houndstooth Coffee Provides the Perfect Place to Network

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Need a chic but conversational place to grab coffee and network? Check out Austin-based Houndstooth Coffee, now open at the Sylvan | Thirty development in West Dallas. Encompassing 2,100 square feet, the flexible, multiuse space is a day-to-night concept with a coffee bar occupying an airy, sunlit space, and Jettison, a bar component offering a private retreat for cocktails and conversation. 

“Pheel The Love” Explains the Importance of Love in Business

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Even and Tara Marcus, a husband-and-wife business team, founded DillionMarcus on a single idea: building world-class executive teams. With the release of his new book, “Pheel the Love,” cowritten by Tom Burgoyne, the Philly Phanatic for the past 27 years, Evan Marcus is adding a new dimension to DillonMarcus’ tagline. “We believe love is the path to building world-class organizations,” explains Marcus. 

Meet Stephane Vogel

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.

Stephane Vogal was recently hired as general manager of Kimpton Lorien Hotel & Spa in Old Town Alexandria, Va.

The Venetian Las Vegas Announces Unique Partnership

The Venetian, The Palazzo and Sands Expo have partnered with Zappos to offer guests access to a pop-up co-working space in The Venetian | The Palazzo Congress Center.

The 1,170-square-foot pop-up lounge provides a space to recharge, areas to collaborate and a small conference room for meetings. It is enclosed to maintain noise levels but with transparent walls to make it more inviting. The entire space is furnished by Restoration Hardware.

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