Group (PRG), a provider of
entertainment and event
technology solutions, announced that MATTHEW
CARSON has been named
CEO of its Corporate and
PRG provides event
and production solutions
services for tradeshow organizers and exhibitors, corporate events, conventions and special events.
Carson joined PRG in 2009 as an account executive and in 2015 was asked to lead the channel sales
team that services PRG’s agency customers.
Prior to PRG, Carson was at The FX Group, where
he was director of operations and then president.
He was co-owner of a production company focused
on meetings and digital media.
The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence
(SITE) named TINA GACCETTA as head of events.
In this new position for the association, Gaccetta
will be responsible for both
the strategy and execution
of events hosted by SITE and
the SITE Foundation.
Gaccetta has years of expertise designing events and
engaging incentive solutions,
and has supported some of
the top brands in the technology, automotive, financial
and retail sectors leveraging data analytics to better
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Forty-four-year meetings and hospi- tality industry veteran David Bruce, managing partner of Ft. Worth,
Texas-area meeting planning company
CMP Meeting Services, knows and cares
enough about his profession that he
realizes it’s time for a big change.
More specifically, Bruce is on a mission to improve the lives and livelihoods
of independent planners, who recently
were shocked by a decision in January
by Marriott International to cut the
commission rate for indie planners to 7
percent from the traditional 10 percent
at its U.S. and Canadian properties.
Bruce, who ironically started his industry career with Marriott in the 1970s,
led the charge by creating the Meeting
Planners Unite group on LinkedIn, and
in early March formed an association for
independent planners of the same name.
“It’s very exciting for a 60-year-old
guy,” Bruce joked. “The Marriott issue
is certainly the issue of the day, but
there are other issues that need to be
addressed moving forward that involve
all facets of this industry.”
While the commission cuts hit
independent planners in the pocketbook
hard, Bruce also sees the critical need
for indies to coalesce to reap the ben-
efits that employees of corporations or
associations receive, such as healthcare.
“We should be able to help quite a few
planners each year,” said Bruce, who in
mid-March counted approximately 1,000
planners in the fold. “And also we’re going
to set up a scholarship fund for students
that are going into college in the event
field. We’re going to take care of those
who are in the industry now and set up
those who are coming through the industry in the college ranks.
“Someday I’ll be able to leave this
business and this world knowing that
I’ve left a mark in this industry, and I’m
very excited about that,” Bruce said.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek
Resort and Spa appointed
VINCE VITO as director of
sales, marketing and events.
In his new role, Vito will
oversee the sales and marketing operation of the hotel and
manage the guest experience
and events in the hotel’s
20,000 square feet of space.
Vito comes to the 190-
room resort from the Hyatt Regency Minneapolis.
The Kentucky State Fair Board, operator of
downtown Louisville’s Kentucky International
Convention Center, welcomed STACEY CHURCH
as the venue’s new general manager.
In her role, she will be responsible for the day-
to-day operations of the convention center, which
is currently undergoing
a $207 million expansion
and renovation scheduled
for completion in August.
The new facility will offer
200, 125 square feet of exhibit space.
Church was previously
the assistant facilities and
public events director at
the Fort Worth Convention
Center and Will Rogers
Hard Rock International announced the appointment of DANIELLE BABILINO as senior vice
president of global sales and marketing for Hard
Rock Hotels & Casinos.
Babilino will manage all
hotel sales and marketing
incentives, sales training, customer events, sales program
implementation and the
recruitment and retention of
Babilino most recently was
executive vice president of
sales and marketing for Alon
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