Global Experience Specialists (GES, announced that President Steve Moster has been appointed as president and CEO of its parent company, Viad Corp, and as a member of the Viad Board, effective immediately. Moster succeeds Paul Dykstra who has resigned as Chairman, President and CEO. Moster joined GES in 2004 and served in roles of increasing responsibility across the business, including executive vice president chief sales and marketing officer. He became president of GES in November 2010. Prior to joining GES, he was an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company where he worked with a broad set of clients to create and implement growth strategies.
Longtime local businessman and civic leader Stephen Cushman has been elected to chair the executive board of San Diego Convention Center Corp., beginning in January. He has served as an adjunct professor at San Diego State University and is past chairman of the university’s business school. He has recently served as a special assistant to Mayor Kevin Faulconer, advising the city on issues including options for expanding the convention center.
Steve Bartolin and Jack Damioli
Steve Bartolin becomes Chairman of the The Broadmoor as of March 1, 2015. Bartolin has appointed Jack Damioli, Vice President and Managing Director, to President and CEO of The Broadmoor, and President of the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Bartolin will continue with The Broadmoor in the role of Chairman to provide oversight, guidance and support for The Broadmoor.
Dawna Naylor has been named director of sales at The Westin New York at Times Square. Naylor was most recently director of group sales for the Westin Waltham Hotel in Massachusetts.
The Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC) announced the winner of the 2013 JMIC Profile and Power Award as Roger Kellerman, the founder and publisher of the magazine Meetings International.
Patti Shock, a founding member and academic consultant for The International School of Hospitality has won three lifetime achievement awards this year. Shock received the first national Icon Award in July from the National Association of Catering and Events, and in October, she was inducted into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders, the highest honor in the industry. Her latest achievement, the Legacy Award from the NACE Las Vegas chapter, was presented to her in November.
CLIA has hired Cindy D'Aoust as Executive Vice President, Membership and Operations. In this role, D'Aoust will be responsible for managing and expanding the functions previously based in Fort Lauderdale. D'Aoust comes to CLIA from Meeting Professionals International, where she served as Chief Operations Officer, and brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry and in membership organizations, including senior roles with Maritz Travel. D'Aoust will also oversee the consolidation of CLIA's U.S. offices and have responsibility to fill the Vice President, Trade Relations position held most recently by Dwain Wall.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, welcomes Tracy Stout to the staff as vice president of Marketing and Communications. Stout will oversee marketing and communications strategies for PMMI’s member services as well as their trade shows.