The WOW Factory’s Dave Carr joined the International Association of Entertainment Producers’ board of directors.
Matthew E. Avril became president of Starwood’s Hotel Group.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts appointed Mike Tiedy senior vice president of brand design and innovation.
TradeWinds Grand Resort in St. Pete Beach, Fla., announced several new hires. Marie Jones was appointed the national sales manager of the Florida market; Laura Davis became national sales manager for the Southeast territory; and Karen Bell was named national sales manager for the Northeast territory.
David Randel became vice president of sales at the Mobile Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Susan Estler became vice president of marketing of the Panama City Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Michelle Lacewell became director of marketing for The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach.
Danielle Courtenay became chief marketing officer of the Orange/Orlando County Convention and Visitors Bureau Inc. David J. Sargent was named the senior vice president of convention sales and marketing. Susan Lomax Greer was appointed associate vice president of global publicity.
Leslie Menichini became vice president of sales and marketing for Rosen Hotels & Resorts.
Annette M. Ruiz became director of sales at the Hilton Garden Inn Palm Coast.
The Alpharetta CVB won a 2008 E-Challenge Grant from the Georgia Tourism Foundation and the Georgia Department of Economic Development to fund a video about Alpharetta promoting tourism.
Diana Wheeler, director of community development for the city of Alpharetta, was appointed chairman of the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Atlanta CVB’s executive committee nominated William Pate to assume the post of president and CEO of the CVB, effective Oct. 1. Pate will succeed retiring ACVB President and CEO Spurgeon Richardson on Jan. 1.
Elizabeth D. Yienger became national accounts manager of Sheraton Atlanta.
Stephen Stark was named director of operations at Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.
Atlanta Arrangement’s Jenny Munn won a 2008 GaMPI Rising Star Award for making the most notable volunteer contribution to the chapter this year.
Leigh Ann Johnston became director of Forrest Hills Resort’s conferencing division; Jeffrey Kraft became group sales director.
Alan Sims became director of sales of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The Dallas Chapter of ISES won the Chapter of the Year Award and Outstanding Communications Spirit of Excellence Award for 2008-2009.