A new executive director has been named at the newly renamed Joseph Floreano Riverside Convention Center in Rochester, NY. James Brown succeeds Joe Floreano. Floreano died recently after his battle with cancer. Brown served as interim executive director during Floreano’s illness.
Tourism Toronto is pleased to announce the newest member of the US Association Team, Shanon Villeneuve, Account Director, Midwest and West Coast Associations. Villeneuve joins Tourism Toronto with an extensive background in both the convention and visitors bureau arena as well as hotel experience, most recently having been with the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and prior to that with San Diego and Phoenix. Villeneuve will be based out of her home in the Chicago area.
Colette Fairchild, CEM, CMP, has joined the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) as director of meetings and exhibits. Her duties include the planning, organization, and execution of events, including the AGD’s annual meeting and other educational events. Before coming to the AGD, Fairchild spent 11 years as tradeshow director for H.H. Backer Associates Inc. Earlier in her career, she owned a meeting planning company that served multiple medical industry clients.
Zachary Felter has been named director of sales and marketing for 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach, Miami. Felter previously was director of sales at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Highmark TechSystems announced that Debbie Parrott has been named president of the company. Debbie brings to Highmark 20 years of marketing and business development success in exhibits and events, e-commerce, and internet marketing across a range of industries.
The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, South Carolina, has appointed Mike Reich director of group sales. Previously, Reich was regional director of sales and marketing for The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport and Sheraton Baltimore Washington Airport Hotel.
Jennifer Rutkowski has been named area director of sales and marketing for Baccarat Hotels & Resorts, 1 Hotel Central Park and 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge Park. Rutkowski most recently was vice president, sales and marketing, for The London Hotels’ hotels and restaurants in New York and Los Angeles.
The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Caitlin Davis as an Account Executive to work on securing convention, meeting and event business for the city in multiple market segments. Davis previously served as a conference coordinator for Western Illinois University.