Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 10 2015

People On The Move


John Caparella

John Caparella, president and chief operating officer of The Venetian, The Palazzo, and Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas, announced yesterday that Kirsten Dimond has been appointed Vice President of Operations for Sands Expo. Previously, Dimond was vice president of hotel operations at The Venetian and The Palazzo, a position she held since 2005. In this capacity, she provided a strategic and collaborative focus for the Front Office, Housekeeping, Luxury Services, Resort Services, Guest Services, Groups and Concierge teams. She played significant roles in the opening of the Venezia Tower, The Venetian Macau, and The Palazzo.

Tom Marchetto

Tom Marchetto, one of the most respected industry veterans in the contract management business, is joining SMG, the world leader in venue management and facility services, as Senior Vice President, Strategic Marketing, to expand the company’s food and beverage portfolio, specializing in concessions, catering and banqueting, and premium services for convention centers, stadiums and arenas, theater and performing arts centers; and newly defined markets, both domestically and internationally.

Apple Woo

Apple Woo was appointed director of sales and marketing of Outrigger Konotta Maldives Resort, which is scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2015.

Camille Olivere

Club Med appointed Camille Olivere senior vice president of sales for the U.S. Most recently, Olivere was senior vice president of sales at Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Kirsten Dimond

Kirsten Dimond has been appointed vice president of operations for Sands Expo Convention Center in Las Vegas. It is expected that Dimond will bring to the Sands Expo the same customer-centric approach and leadership style that she developed as vice president of hotel operations at The Venetian and The Palazzo, a position she has held since 2005.

Solage Hotels & Resorts Announced Promotion of Six Executives

Solage Hotels & Resorts, a California-based hotel and resort management company, today announced the promotion of six executives to key leadership roles within the company as part of its growth strategy for 2015 and beyond. Jonathan Rosenbaum, has been named chief executive officer; Richard Hill, president; Executive Chef Brandon Sharp, vice president of culinary operations; Renee Risch, vice president of sales and marketing; Nicole Winslow, vice president of human resources; and Vito Serrano, vice president of facilities. All six leaders have been with Solage Hotels & Resorts since the opening of its flagship property, Solage Calistoga, in 2007 and have been instrumental in guiding the resort to its award-winning status.

Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre Has Appointed New Senior Executives

The Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre appointed several new senior executives to its team in preparation for the venue opening its doors to the world in 2016. The new appointments include Chanaka Fonseka as Food and Beverage Director; Troy Reynolds as Head of Event Operations; Sheikha Al Mugheiry as International Business Development Manager; Thomas Joseph as Business Development Manager for Exhibitions; Derek Wilson as Audio Visual and Production Manager; Pieter du Plooy as Systems Administrator; and Mohammed Waheed Al Lawati as an Executive Assistant.

Danny Lidder

Semiahmoo Resort, Golf, and Spa, an iconic seaside resort located on the Semiahmoo Spit in Blaine, Wash., has hired Danny Lidder as Canadian sales manager. In his new position, Lidder will be the first point of contact in British Columbia for international travelers regarding meetings, weddings, and conventions.