The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority (RSCVA) announced the appointment of Michael Larragueta as vice president of sales. Larragueta joins the RSCVA most recently from Silver Legacy, Eldorado, and Circus Circus, where he was executive director of sales, responsible for sales and occupancy of the 4,200-room, multi-property casino-resort development.
Joaquin Quesada has been named deputy director of the Anaheim Convention Center. Quesada, who started his career as an Anaheim Convention Center busboy, joins as the center prepares to open 200,000 square feet of new, flexible event space in September. In 1997, Quesada was appointed Aramark general manager at the Anaheim Convention Center and continued his Aramark career in various district manager roles, overseeing venues in Anaheim, Los Angeles, San Diego, Washington, Palm Springs, and Las Vegas until 2016.
Kristin Sedlacek has been hired as regional manager of sales support at GES. She will work in the company’s Chicago client care center. Sedlacek joins GES from FreemanXP, where she led a team of client solution managers who were focused on pharmaceutical exhibits and sales.
Susan Richardson has been named director of sales and marketing solutions at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. She previously held positions at Interstate Hotels & Resorts, most recently as corporate task force director of sales and marketing. Richardson joins the Javits Center as it embarks on an extensive expansion project that will add 1.2 million square feet of total space to the facility, including a rooftop terrace will have the capacity to accommodate groups of up to 1,500.
AlliedPRA Inc. has appointed Laurie Knapp as executive vice president of global sales and marketing, overseeing strategic global sales and marketing for the AlliedPRA system. Most recently, Knapp served as group vice president of global sales for PSAV Presentation Services, where she led a sales team across six business units.
Hilton announced that Sumindi Peiris has been named vice president of global marketing, luxury & lifestyle brands, where she will lead all luxury marketing, digital, and public relations initiatives as well as oversee the strategic development of global positioning for Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, and Canopy by Hilton. Prior to joining Hilton Peiris served as vice president, global director for Johnnie Walker Reserve in Singapore.