by Kaylee Hultgren | May 01, 2008

Grace joins URISA

Christopher Grace, CMP, is now conference manager for the Chicago-based Urban & Regional Information Systems Association. He is responsible for managing all conferences and workshops, designing trade shows and creating association webinars. Previously, Grace worked as a convention planner for the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Perspective Communications promotes Marsh

Dorria Marsh has been promoted to vice president of production and director of global events at Perspective Communications Group Inc., a Middletown, R.I.-based event production company. Previously, Marsh was the company’s production manager and event producer.


Christopher Garratt has been appointed associate director of sales at the 840-room Sheraton Seattle Hotel.

*  The Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Dale Gustafson as sales manager of national accounts and Lesley Walsh as sales manager, responsible for small meetings.

Debbie Hogan has been appointed senior director of sales for Hawaii’s Big Island Visitors Bureau.

*  The Pocono Mountains (Pa.) Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted David Jackson to director of sales.

*  Freeman, a Dallas-based event production company, has promoted Jay James to vice president of exhibitor sales.

Debi Kinney has been hired as catering and conference services manager at the 3,351-room Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Sally Morales has been appointed spa director at the 60-room Diplomat Golf Resort & Spa in Hallandale Beach, Fla.

*  The Mission Bay Conference Center at the University of California, San Francisco, has hired Shahriar Pasdar and David R. Johnson as general manager and director of sales and marketing, respectively.

Dyal Sandhu has been appointed director of food and beverage for the 216-room Bedford (Pa.) Springs Resort, which reopened last July following a $120 million restoration.

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John Resnick“What’s fun about my job is that there isn’t really a typical day.” --Resnick (left) with Marky Ramone

When the 420-room Hard Rock Hotel San Diego opened last October, a rather unconventional staff position was created: the hotel “vibe manager.” The first to hold the post is 25-year-old John Resnick, a graduate of Ithaca, N.Y.-based Cornell University’s hospitality management program.

Describe your typical day. What’s fun about my job is that there isn’t really a typical day. I could be planning our next concert, creating custom playlists for an in-house group, giving cool memorabilia tours or hosting VIPs.

What other positions have you held? My first job was as a waiter at a Johnny Rockets restaurant. Since then, they’ve run the gamut from bartender to regional manager of more than 1,600 apartments on the East Coast.

How did you get the job? After I got my master’s degree, I was lucky enough to land an internship while the hotel was under construction. After meeting some of the folks involved, I decided this was the place for me. Fortunately, the feeling was mutual.

What advice would you give to those seeking creative positions like yours? Never settle for a job you don’t absolutely love. If you have a passion for creativity, then get creative. The right jobs are out there; you just need to find them. Oh, and a little luck never hurts.