• by VT Staff
  • Published: October 27, 2018

Move of the Month

Joe_Dolan.jpgBon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C., promoted Joe Dolan to assistant general manager. Dolan joined the arena in January 2015 as director of event services. He spent seven years with Comcast Spectacor and Spectra Venue Management, most recently as general manager of the Mullins Center on the campus of the University of Massachusetts.


The Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre named Said Salim Al-Shanfari CEO. Al-Shanfari held various management positions during his eight-year tenure at telecommunications company Ooredoo Oman and most recently was general manager of marketing communication and performance at Omantel.

Turnkey Search promoted Nicolas Bernal to director of marketing and creative services, Evan Kashan to director of operations and integration, and Rebecca Oliver to director of strategic communications.

ICM Partners promoted Danielle Beckford, Kyle Kernohan and Liz Pantone to agents in the concerts department. Beckford started as an intern at ICM, became an assistant and rose to department coordinator. Kernohan joined ICM as an intern before becoming assistant and then coordinator. Pantone began her career at The Agency Group and joined ICM as an assistant; she was later promoted to coordinator.

Zev Buffman has retired as CEO of Ruth Eckard Hall in Clearwater, Fla. Interim President Susan Crockett, who has been chief operating officer, took charge of the day-to-day running of the organization.

CP Communications appointed Ken Dillard as vice president of North American sales. Dillard joins CP Communications from IP-based live video solutions provider TVU Networks. He held senior sales management roles at Dejero, Statmon Technologies Group and Harris Corp.

CAPS Payroll, a Cast & Crew company, promoted Todd Dyer to vice president of venues, music tours and live events. Before joining CAPS in 2014, Dyer founded Evolution 365 Services and worked at Staff Pro and Contemporary Services Corp.

SMG-managed Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan., promoted Lyndsey Edwards to marketing manager. Edwards has been the department’s marketing and group sales coordinator since April.

Oak View Group hired Los Angeles City Council President Pro Tempore Mitchell Englander as executive vice president of government affairs. Englander represents the 12th District of Los Angeles and was first elected in 2011. In 2013, he was selected to serve as president pro tempore. Englander will vacate his seat at the end of this year and join OVG effective Jan. 1.

The city of McAllen, Texas, hired Yajaira Flores as director of the McAllen Convention Center Facilities: the McAllen Convention Center, the McAllen Performing Arts Center, Oval Park and Quinta Mazatlán. Flores spearheaded the grand opening of the Bert Ogden Arena in her role as director of booking and marketing for Bert Ogden Arena and H-E-B Park. She previously spent nine years working for the McAllen venues.

Explore St. Louis named Jill Hericks director of convention sales and Erin Jackson director of executive meetings sales, and promoted Stephanie Monroe to director of specialty market sales, Hericks served in senior positions with the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Convention Center; the Century Center in South Bend, Ind.; and Hollywood Casino and Hotel in St. Louis. Jackson was the director of sales of the Moonrise Hotel in St. Louis, and Monroe joined Explore St. Louis in 2007 as national convention sales manager.

Larry Gimple was named event manger for South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas. Gimple was the executive director of The Horse Park at Woodside, Calif., for 11 years. 

Evelyn Ortiz joined Visit Anaheim as convention sales manager for the Mid-Atlantic citywide market and will be based out of Maryland. Ortiz was sales manager for NYC & Company.

The Edinburgh (Scotland) International Conference Centre hired Lyndsey Rafferty as associations sales manager, Elaine Miller as associations business development manager and Aaron McKeen as associations researcher. Ekaterina Alison was promoted to interim head of associations business development.

Madison Entertainment added Jonathan Wayland and Phil Benito as talent buyers. Wayland was with Red Frog Events. Benito has been booking events in the Florida market for almost 20 years, curating a range of events including the Gasparilla Music Festival, the Tampa Bay Margarita Fest, OnBikes, and the Summer of Rum party.

Hosts Global named Holly Valenti general manager for Hosts New Orleans and Holly Bethay vice president of sales. Terry Epton was promoted to executive vice president and global brand ambassador.


Lyle Bunn, 63, digital signage industry consultant, Oct. 9 at his home in Brighton, Ontario, due to complications from colon cancer.


  • by VT Staff
  • Published: October 27, 2018