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Hard Rock International has appointed Donna Marchese as regional director of global sales-Americas. In this role, she will build brand awareness, develop relationships with key group clients and agencies in the Northeast, and drive business to the entire portfolio. Marchese also will support Hard Rock’s launch of music-inspired, MICE-branded experience programs in January. Marchese has more than two decades of experience, with a focus on corporate and intermediary accounts in the Northeast.
SmithBucklin has added Katie Callahan-Giobbi — a 30-year association advocate who has successfully led initiatives at nonprofits and for-profits that have benefited the association community — to its team. Callahan-Giobbi will serve as head of business development, where she will collaborate with executives of trade associations and professional societies to find customized solutions to help accomplish their goals. Previously, she served as chief operating officer at Association Forum.
Gina Locatto has been named special events sales manager for the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. She will focus on the sales of non-traditional events in the facility, including all of the venue’s Mardi Gras events, consumer shows, and local corporate events. Locatto, who has been with Ernest N. Morial Convention Center for 15 years, previously served as production sales manager at the convention center.
Louisville Tourism has promoted Kate Burger to director of convention sales. She previously served as senior sales manager. In her new position, Burger will support the senior and national sales managers and continue to pursue conventions totaling 301 peak nights and above in the education and cultural markets. Burger has been with Louisville Tourism since 2012.