Date: April 1, 2006
The Rosemont Convention Bureau, the promotional arm of the village east of O'Hare International Airport, has appointed Grant Bailey as interim executive director to replace longtime chief Peter Lombardi, who retired. Bailey previously served as assistant executive director of Marketing and Sales for the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. He began his career in Rosemont as a Teamster in 1981.
Raymond Bednar has joined Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., as senior vice president and Sports Sponsorship executive. Bednar will oversee strategy and activation development for the company's sports sponsorship portfolio, including Major League Baseball, motorsports, Olympics, golf and football.
Jeff Berman has been named vice president, Business Development and Partnerships for TicketsNow. Berman formerly was the vice president, Business Development for StubHub Inc. of San Francisco. Berman also spent several years in the business development and marketing groups at CBS Sportsline Inc. and represented professional athletes and corporations for David Falk Associates.
Denis Clive Braham, a real estate and transaction attorney who is chair of the Sports Business and Public Venues Practice in the Houston office, is CEO-elect to become CEO Jan. 1, 2007, of Winstead Sechrest & Minick P.C. This marks the first change in leadership there in 15 years and the first time in the firm's 33-year history that the elected CEO is not a Dallas attorney.
Jack Bunning has been named to the newly created position of director of the International Association of Assembly Managers Foundation. He had been director of Marketing, Development and Public Relations for the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealy Plaza in Dallas.
Michael Campo has been promoted to senior event manager at the Atlantic City (N.J.) Convention Center for SMG. Prior to joining SMG, Campo worked for the minor league affiliates of the Anaheim Angels, the Oakland Athletics Baseball Company and the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club, Inc., 2000-2004. Bob Castronovo, formerly an event coordinator, was promoted as an event manager at the Boardwalk Hall. Castronovo, a 2004 graduate of Rutgers University, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Sports Management. He joined SMG in summer 2004.Wayne Chappell, former vice president of Convention Sales, has been promoted to executive vice president of Business Development and Citywide Sales for the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB). Kendrick Middleton, former director of Convention Sales, has been promoted to vice president of Convention Sales.
Anaheim Arena Management, LLC (AAM), the management company for the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim and the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, announced addition of several new employees. Included are Jesse Chatfield, Sponsorship Services coordinator, AAM and Mighty Ducks; Marissa Geller, assistant Event Services manager, AAM; Geoff Matthews, Premium Sales account executive, AAM and Mighty Ducks; Damon Roschke, Telemarketing manager, AAM and Mighty Ducks; Scott Tarlo, Telemarketing representative, AAM and Mighty Ducks; and Regina Terrana, Payroll supervisor, Mighty Ducks. Lou D?Angeli has been named assistant general manager of the Liacouras Center at Temple University, Philadelphia, for Global Spectrum. D'Angeli was most recently the assistant general manager and director of Marketing at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., and, before that promotions manager for the firm's Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.
Tom Doyen has been named director of Sales and Business Development for zumBrunnen, a national construction consulting and facility assessment firm based in Atlanta. Prior to joining the firm, Doyen worked for eight years as a regional sales manager for The Rogers Group, LLC, and previous to that, he was employed for five years in a sales role with Daktronics Inc.
Vbase Venue Management Group has appointed Alan Garner to the position of Group Marketing manager. Garner had worked for the New Zealand Rugby Football Union, Telecom and S-Comm, a global sponsorship consultancy. Vbase manages four venues in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Live Nation has promoted two executives in the firm's St. Louis office. Daren Hall has been elevated to senior talent booker. Hall has been working for Live Nation for the last eight years, most recently serving as Club booker. Justin Kujawa is relocating from Live Nation's Chicago office to assume Hall's role as the junior booker for St. Louis. Kujawa has been with the company for six years.
Melissa Jurcan has been named marketing manager for Global Spectrum at the new Cardinals Stadium, Glendale, Ariz. She most recently was the sales and marketing manager at Qwest Field & Event Center in Seattle.
D. Bradley Kent has been named to the position of vice president Sales of the Business Development Group for AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, U.S. division.
Dave Kochbeck has joined Live Nation as senior vice president of Interactive Technology. Kochbeck had been head of Technology for Friendster. Delaware North companies- Boston have added: Scott Lasker, event manager, formerly with the Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport, Conn.; Todd Perruccio, event/guest relations manager, formerly at the Stockton (Calif.) Arena; Melanie Aiello, finance coordinator, formerly with Partners Home Care; and Colby Gomiewicz, groups sales account executive, formerly a sales intern.
John Loken has been named to the new position of senior vice president of Tour Marketing for Live Nation. Based in the company's Los Angeles headquarters, Loken comes to Live Nation from Ride Management. He concurrently served as COO of Fearless Records. From 1998 until 2003, Loken was general manager of Ultimatum Music, the William Morris Agency's alternative rock label. He was also GM at China Records. He began his career doing international marketing at Warner Bros. Records and later Motown/PolyGram International.
Music industry veteran Dave Lucas announced the addition of marketing and production services to his Indianapolis based company Live-360. Eric Milby is the new senior production manager; Jo Nahod, marketing director; Andy Wilson, public relations director, and Amie LoPresti, booking coordinator. Milby served as the senior production manager for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel Entertainment and Sunshine Promotions) from 1996 to 2006. Formerly Milby worked at the Vogue in Indianapolis and served as road manager for Leon Redbone for three years. Nahod-Carlin served as the marketing director for Live Nation from 1999 to 2006 Wilson served as the public relations and publicity director for Live Nation from 1999 to 2006 LoPresti served as the booking coordinator for Live Nation from 1992 to 2006. LoPresti also served as Lucas' executive assistant during his tenure as Co-CEO and president of Clear Channel Entertainment-Music.Jason Miller has been named to the position of senior vice president of Touring for Live Nation, Los Angeles. Miller's key focus will be in the development of national arena touring projects. Miller joins Live Nation after a nine-year tenure at House of Blues Concerts, where he most recently served as senior vice president, Talent. Miller began his career as a talent buyer for Universal Concerts in Vancouver, B.C., in 1992. He was also general manager of the H.O.R.D.E. Festival in 1997.
Chicago-based finance firm Chapman and Cutler has taken on a 10-attorney group at its office in Salt Lake City, Utah, led by leading environmental and energy attorney Kevin Murray. Of the 10 attorneys from Mabey & Murray LC, nine had previously worked at LeBoeuf Lamb, Greene & MacRae LLP before that firm closed its Salt Lake City office in 2005. The group includes: Stephen Tumblin, David M. Connors, James K. Tracy, Bret F. Randall, Colin McMullin, Adelaide Maudsley, Patrick Malone, Jennifer Brown, and, upon her graduation from Brigham Young University, Nicole Squires.
Vincent Newton has been appointed eastern regional sales manager for Waterless Company, Vista, Calif. Newton has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial plumbing industry. Waterless Co. is the manufacturer of No- Flush urinals and has been serving the U.S. market since 1991.
Billy Orr has been named general manager of the Mid-South Fair, Memphis, for management firm North American Midway Entertainment. Orr had retired after 21 years as manager of the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson. Travis Flee, former marketing manager for the Mid-South region of Ticketmaster, has been named the fair's marketing director.Mike Oshust has joined cleaning services company Ovations Management Solutions as senior vice president of Business Development. He had been with Philips Arena, Atlanta.
Barry Rappaport has accepted the position of executive vice president, Sales for the Freeman Co. exposition services division. Rappaport served as general manager in Freeman's Washington D. C. office before moving to Las Vegas in a regional vice president role in 1992. In 2003, Rappaport was promoted to executive VP and COO for Freeman's Western Region. Rappaport will continue to base out of the Las Vegas office.Jim Reid was named event coordinator and Dana Steiner booking/marketing coordinator for Palace Sports and Entertainment, operators of The Palace, Auburn Hills, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre, Meadow Brook Music Festival and Freedom Hill. Prior to joining PS&E, Reid was a production manager at Hemisphere Entertainment in Mt. Clemens, Mich. He was also a production manager at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens, and a technical assistant at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit. Steiner returns to PS&E from the Parks and Recreation department at Independence Township (Michigan). Chuck Rogers has joined Staging Concepts, Brooklyn Park, Minn., as Central sales manager. Rogers has 20 years of experience in the public assembly industry. He is based in Dallas.
Diane Rouse has been named senior sales manager for Trade Show Exhibitors Association. She has 12 years of experience in the trade show industry, including director of sales for Merchandise Mart Property Inc.
Centerplate announced the election of Janet L. Steinmayer as chief executive officer. Steinmayer has served as company president since February 2005 and was named a director and chief operating officer in September 2005. In addition, David M. Williams, a current board member, has agreed to serve as chairman of the board. The appointments follow the resignation of Paul W. MacPhail, who left the company to become a principal in a start-up enterprise unrelated to the hospitality industry. After 18 months as general manager for Ford Park in Beaumont, Texas, for SMG, Allan Vella has announced he will be leaving to start a new job as general manager of Fox Theatre, Atlanta, replacing Ed Neiss, who is retiring after 25 years. Before moving to the Ford Center, Vella managed the Dow Event Center in Saginaw, Mich., for SMG for three years; before that, he spent 13 years with Olympia Entertainment, managing their venues in the Detroit area, which included the historic Fox Theatre in that city. Vella starts his job in Atlanta June 1.
Scott Warren comes to Norfolk, Va.'s Department of Cultural Facilities, Arts & Entertainment as the event manager. With an extensive 16-year career in the industry, Warren has made stops in Maryland, Michigan and Virginia. His career has included positions at the Lyric Opera House, Town of Ocean City, Wings Stadium, SMG and Feld Entertainment as well as positions with two professional hockey franchises. Paul Silva joined the department as the operations manager in charge of Engineering. He was previously employed by Taubman Center and has over 25 years experience in engineering and facility maintenance. Karen Rudd comes to the city of Norfolk as the manager of Cultural Affairs.
John Wentzell has been named president for Delaware North Companies-Boston and TD Banknorth Garden for Delaware North Companies. Prior to joining Delaware North Companies Boston, Wentzell served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Philadelphia Phantoms. Wentzell has managed and developed sales and marketing efforts for the Dunkin? Donuts Center and Philadelphia Civic Convention Center. He has also served as general manager and chief operating officer of the Centrum in Worcester, Mass.; the Greater Fort Lauderdale/ Broward County Convention Center; and the Dunkin' Donuts Center.