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SEP 2018

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ²ConventionSouth ² w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 prospecting for new business, iden- tifying emerging industry trends and opportunities, and working closely with Visit NC and Crystal Coast area industry partners. "We are thrilled to welcome Jim as executive director," TDA Chair Casey Wagner said upon announcement of Browder's appointment. "His experience, energy and knowledge of the mar- ket will prove invaluable. We are excited to work alongside Jim and to usher-in a new phase of growth and development." Browder previously served as director of sales and marketing for numerous brands. As president of the Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau, he collaborated with owners and key executives at 67 area hotels, attractions, venues and major events. Tennessee One Beale Development Moves Forward MEMPHIS — One Beale recently announced development plans to start construction in January 2019. To be situated on five and a half riv- erfront acres along Beale Street, the project includes a hotel, residential space, retail and office spaces and a public parking garage. The develop- ment will serve as a gateway to the sports and entertainment district of Beale Street. As part of the project, Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced plans to develop a Hyatt Centric hotel with 227 rooms and 15,000 square feet of conference and meet- ing space. The hotel will feature a new riverfront restaurant, an out- door pool on famed Beale Street and will include the renovation of his- toric Ellis Machine Shop as part of its conference center. A seven-story parking garage with 475 parking spots to serve the entire riverfront neighborhood is also planned. NCVC Promotions Announced NASHVILLE — Deana Ivey, who has been with the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. (NCVC) for 21 years, has been elevated to the newly created position of exec- utive vice presi- dent. She will retain the role of chief marketing officer. "Deana was both the logical choice and the perfect fit for this important new position," said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. "After 21 years, there isn't anything she hasn't seen or done within our organization. Her knowl- edge, experience, reputation and productivity are outstanding." Additionally, NCVC has pro- moted Adrienne Siemers to senior vice president of sales, assuming many of the responsibilities of for- mer Chief Sales Officer Kay Witt who retired earlier this summer after 12 years with the NCVC. Texas New Director of Catering and Conference Services ALLEN — Trevina Height has been appointed director of catering and conference ser- vices for Delta Hotels – Marri- ott Dallas Allen & Watters Creek Convention Center, a Bench- mark Resorts & Hotels property under construction in the city of Allen, north of Dallas and scheduled to open in January of 2019. Height previously held the posi- tion of account manager overseeing incentive travel programs and meet- ings for Galactic Performance Solu- tions of Arlington, Texas. She has also served as conference services manager for the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas. New F&B Director COLLEGE STATION — Wayne Thomas has been named director of food and beverage for the Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, which opened in August. Thomas was previously the director of food and beverage for the Westin Dallas Park Central. Located across from Kyle Field, the Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center offers 35,000 square feet of multi- functional meeting space. General Manager of New Hotel Named HOUSTON — Mark Sampsell has been selected to be general manager of Houston Marriot CityPlace at Springwoods Village, scheduled to open in early October 2018. Sampsell, who has more than 20 years of hospitality experience and most recently served as the general manager of the Embassy Suites Houston West – Katy, will oversee operations once the hotel opens. He previously opened and managed a number of properties for Aimbridge Hospitality and Wyndham World- wide. The 10-story, 337-room property will be the first full-service hotel within the North Houston mas- ter-planned community. Sales Team Promotions SAN ANTONIO — Visit San An- tonio recently announced sales team promotions. Néstor Núñez, CTA, was pro- moted to senior sales manager and will lead sales efforts for San An- tonio in the domestic northeast and southeast markets. Michelle Moon, CPCE, CTA, was promoted to director of destina- tion services and leads the destina- tion services team in managing large meeting groups. Q Renovated Event Space ATLANTA — The Cobb Galleria Centre recently completed a major renovation of one of its event spaces, The Gal- lery. The floor-to- ceiling renovation includes new tile floors, fresh paint, new light- ing and refurbished doors. Featuring floor-to-ceiling windows, the 5,500-square-foot venue is well-suited for corporate events and is steps away from Cobb Galleria Centre's exhibition hall, ballroom and meeting space. The Gallery accommodates up to 450 guests for a reception or 270 people for a seated banquet in an elegant and intimate setting with its own exterior entrance and direct ac- cess to parking. Q Ivey Height

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