Former ICCA CEO Tom Hulton received the International Congress and Convention Association’s Moises Shuster Award for outstanding service in the international meetings industry.
Speaker Daniel Burrus received the “Legends of the Platform” award at the most recent Veterans Speakers Retreat. The annual award honors a select group of professional speakers who have been in the industry more than 20 years.
Samme Allen, head of sales, business events at London’s Barbican Centre London and president of MPI’s UK & Ireland Chapter, received the 2011 Huggability Award from Ovation Global DMC for being “immensely supportive of everyone in the meetings world, kind and dynamic, a pleasure to work with and an inspiration to the industry.”
Loews Hotels Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Tisch will retire in early 2012. A search is under way to identify his successor. Tisch will continue as chairman of Loews Hotels and co-chairman of the Loews Corp. Board.
The Sheraton Nassau Beach in the Bahamas appointed Glenn Sampert its general manager; Steven White was named hotel manager.
Renu Bawa became a corporate sales executive for the Old House Village Hotel & Spa in Courtenay, British Columbia, Canada.
The Vancouver Convention Center appointed Craig Lehto its assistant general manager.
Birmingham, Ala.-based Chef Frank Stitt has been named to Esquire magazine’s Restaurant Hall of Fame.
Chef Bill Bracken and his culinary team at Island Hotel’s Palm Terrace Restaurant & Lounge in Newport Beach, Calif., will manage all food and beverage operations at the Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine, beginning Jan. 16.
Deborah Josue joined the Anaheim Orange County [Calif.] Visitor & Convention Bureau as its western sales director.
Kelly Miller will become the president and chief executive officer of Tampa Bay & Co. in January.
W.B. Baldwin, senior vice president of corporate development at the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau, is retiring, but will remain a consultant through the end of 2012.
The Grand Hyatt Atlanta hired Terry Saxe to be its new social catering manager.
Stephanie Nojima became director of sales and marketing for the OHANA Honolulu Airport Hotel and Best Western The Plaza Hotel.
Cindy Baysinger, director of sales for Grand View Lodge, received the Minnesota Hospitality Journal 2011 Vision Award for demonstrating exceptional customer service for an Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. event she helped plan at her property.
The Missouri Division of Tourism presented its 2011 Ambassador Award to Renee Eichelberger, St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission’s director of leisure travel sales. The award recognizes an individual who supports tourism efforts throughout Missouri.
The historic Hanover Inn at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire appointed Joe Mellia its general manager.
Phil Anderson became the general manager of the Whiteface Lodge Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Eamon O’Brien became director of sales for the Grand Hyatt New York.
The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tenn., promoted Laura Batchelor to director of operations. She will continue to handle her previous duties as director of conference services, as well.