GES Achieves Environmental Sustainability Certification GES has become the first (and only) general service contractor to be certified to an international sustainability standard for the meetings and event industry. GES exceeded Level One and achieved Level Two certification to the Accepted Practices EXchange/American Society for Testing and Materials (APEX /ASTM) Environmentally Sustainable Event Standards pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Exhibits for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows, and Conferences.
Keith Backsen is joining Omaha's Convention and Visitors Bureau as its new Director. Previously, Keith was the Vice President of Sales and Services for Visit Spokane.
Mike Rusbridge Retiring
Chairman Mike Rusbridge will be retiring at the end of the year after 27 years with Reed Exhibitions.
Fred Peterson Named Interim Executive Director of Massachusetts Convention Center Authority. Fred will begin the role July 1. He has been with the authority for 16 years.
Auberge du Soleil announced Renée Risch is joining as Director of Sales & Marketing. Previously, she spent eight years at Solage Hotels & Resorts, Napa Valley, as Vice President, Sales and Marketing.
Hotel Group Promotes Leadership
The Hotel Group has promoted Katherine Steed as Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Connections Housing has announced Judy Kent as Vice President of Strategic Sales. Before, Judy was a Strategic Sales Executive of Association Sales at Experiment, a Maritz Travel.
Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg, Virginia, announced Michael Cady as Director of Sales and Marketing. Previous, Michael was an Account Director at Saatchi & Saatchi.
Andaz 5th Avenue in New York announced Marianna Ogando as the new Director of Meeting and Events. Previously, Marianna was Director of Catering Sales and Conference Services for Warwick International Hotels.
Kenan Simmons is joining Small Luxury Hotels of the World as Vice President of Business Development. Before, Kenan was Executive Director of Sales and Marketing at the Grand del Mar Resort in San Diego, California.
Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch announced the appointment of its new associate director of sales, Carrie Stremsterfer, who will be responsible for large convention business coming to St. Louis.
The JW Marriott Chicago announced Vik Khokar as Director of Event Planning.