The International Special Events Society elected Brian Acheson as its new international president for the 2013-12 year. Acheson, founder and owner of VIP Events was previously president of the ISES Dallas chapter and has been on the international board of governors for 11 years.
Visit Orlando promoted Fred Shea to senior vice president of convention sales and services for the organization. Shea joined the destination tourism association in 2010 as vice president of strategic partnerships after 30 years with Hyatt Hotels.
Dean Clarke, general manager of the South Okanagan Events Centre, was hired in an expanded role as regional vice president for Global Spectrum, the company that manages the SOEC.
Asset International’s aiCIO division has made some staff changes recently, the biggest of which was promoting Katie Bacon to publisher. Vanessa Leyden was brought on as ad operations manager, Claire Corroon as the ad director in its Stanford office and Ben Fitch as sales executive for the London office.
The Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau replaced outgoing management:
• Kristin Delahunt was promoted to director of convention services to replace Cookie Smoak, who resigned from the organization after 13 years.
• Amy Patterson was hired as vice president of business development and corporate events to replace Ellie Westman Chin.
Tico Soto returns to the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau as director of tourism. Soto previously worked for the company as international sales manager from 2001-2005.
SMG reorganized domestic operations with a slew of executive promotions:
• Gregg Caren to executive vice president for convention and exhibition centers.
• Doug Thornton to executive vice president for stadiums and arenas.
• Bob McClintock to COO of convention centers.
• Harry Cann and Joe Romano to senior vice president for stadiums and arenas.
• Gary McAneney to senior vice president, finance.
John Payne, Caesars Entertainment president for central markets and partnership development, elected to serve a three-year term on the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors. Payne is one of two company presidents and will oversee properties in eight states.
Susan Krys was hired as vice president of industry events for the Food Marketing Institute. Previously, Krys worked as senior director of expo, promotions and industry events at the American College of Cardiology.
Junior Tauvaa is now senior vice president of convention sales and meeting solutions for the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Eduard Pöllitzer replaces Arne Petersen as exhibition manager of hotel, tourism and leisure trade shows in Europe at Reed Exhibitions Ltd. Pöllitzer will manage the Alles für den Gast Herbst Salzburg exhibition in November.
MC2 added a trio of new employees to its roster:
• Joohyun Lee will serve as senior exhibit designer in the Northeast division.
• Jack McDonald was brought on as an account manager.
• William Foster, a 29-year tradeshow industry veteran, joins as a senior project manager.
SEMCO Productions promoted Michael Schoppenhorst to president and show director. He started with the company in 1982 and rejoined the company in 2006.