Leigh Harry, CEO of the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre in Australia, won the Outstanding Contribution to the Industry award.
The Curaçao Tourist Board promoted Andre Rojer to marketing manager for North America. He’ll be based in Newark, N.J.
C.P. Krishnan Nair, chairman of The Leela Palaces, Hotels and Resorts in India, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Hospitality Valuation Services’ Hotel Investment Conference.
The Trinidad Hotels, Restaurants & Tourism Association named Abhay Nair of the Hyatt Regency Trinidad its Junior Chef of the Year.
The Fairbanks (Alaska) Convention & Visitors Bureau hired Helen Renfrew, formerly of the Fairbanks Princess Riverside Lodge, as its director of meetings and conventions.
Richard Abernathy was named executive director of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.
Kay Durnett retired as executive director of the Arkansas State Employees Association.
La Quinta [Calif.] Resort & Club hired James F. Pedone as its new executive director of sales and marketing.
Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, Calif., appointed Danny Abbruzzese as its executive chef.
The San Diego North Convention & Visitors Bureau hired Jim Tolbert and Wahid Razaqi as its national sales managers.
Peter J. Bonell was named director of sales and marketing at the Paradise Point & Spa on San Diego’s Mission Bay.
The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco appointed Patrick Callarec as its executive chef and Reggie Dominique as its director of sales and marketing.
The Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau promoted sales executive Tammi Runzler to senior vice president of convention sales and services; Ken Barnett was named director of corporate development.
Fernando Ching was named resident manager of Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando.
The Naples Beach [Fla.] Hotel & Golf Club appointed Jason Parsons its general manager.
The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association named Jennifer Haire and Kenneth Hemsley Jr. sales managers based out of its Washington, D.C. office.
The Peoria Area [Ill.] Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed Bob Marx president and CEO.
The Greater Louisville [Ky.] Convention & Visitors Bureau named Katrina Gallagher convention sales manager; Lauren McAlpin was promoted to convention services manager.
Susanne Tunney was named regional director of sales for the Midwest at Visit Baltimore.
The Greater Springfield [Mass.] Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed Amy Vieceli as convention center sales manager.
Myron Jones, director of sales at the Fayetteville [N.C.] Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, was named Supplier of the Year by the Carolinas Chapter of Meeting Planners International.
Kenric Hall became general manager of the Embassy Suites Cleveland [Ohio] Downtown.
Karrie Burns was named executive director of the Monroeville [Pa.] Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Christine Sullivan was appointed general manager of the Chanler Hotel in Newport, R.I.
The Austin [Texas] Convention & Visitors Bureau named Val Mashaw its executive meetings manager.
Allison Cooksley Vasquez became a national association sales manager for the Galveston Island [Texas] Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Amy Brown, sales manager of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, manages the CVB’s new satellite office in Chicago.
Aradia Zenobia became executive director of the New River Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau in Blacksburg, Va.
Paul Upchurch was appointed president and CEO of Visit Milwaukee.