The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has hired Melissa Richter-Piraino as national sales manager in the convention sales division, responsible for maintaining and actively building the association segment in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland, for meetings ranging from 500–1,500 rooms on peak. Prior to joining the PHLCVB, Richter-Piraino spent more than seven years with Starwood Hotels and Resorts, most recently as a sales manager for group meetings and events at the Westin New York at Times Square.
ON Services, a GES company, has appointed Brian Hefner as executive vice president. Part of the GES team since 2013, he most recently served as vice president of strategy and planning for ON Services. Before joining GES, he worked for Accenture, where he oversaw high-impact strategy and operations consulting projects.
Inspira Marketing Group has named Carter Thorson vice president of client leadership. He has been with the firm since 2012, previously serving as account manager, experiential activation director, and senior account director before taking on his latest role. Thorson will assume his new position effective immediately as the primary contact between the agency and key accounts.
Michael Tiseo has been appointed as director of event management at the Marriott Marquis Chicago, which is set to open in September. Tiseo has been with Marriott for more than 12 years, and previously held the same position at the Marriott Marquis New York.
Dana Cain has joined mg, a marketing partner, as a senior global account manager. She brings more than a decade of experience to her new role, including global account management to training, transportation, and logistics. In her new role, she will be focused on the company’s international clients.