Ricci joins SmithBucklin as NSSTA exec
Joseph Ricci has joined association management company SmithBucklin as executive director of the National Structured Settlements Trade Association. Ricci’s responsibilities include leading the Washington, D.C.-based SmithBucklin team, managing all association operations and working with association leadership to meet strategic goals. Ricci previously has served as executive director of the National Association of Security Companies as well as run Ricci Communications, a Washington, D.C.-based marketing communications firm.
Pembroke Park, Fla.-based ME Productions has appointed David Berkoski as director of sales and Sarah Gabel as executive sales and event manager.
Javier Cano has been named general manager of the 878-room JW Marriott Hotel Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE, which is scheduled to open in March 2010 with more than 75,000 square feet of meeting space.
Kristen Dierickx, CMP, has joined Chicago-based BCD Meetings & Incentives as national director of strategic meetings management solutions, programs and technology.
The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired Regina Drake as membership services director and Karen Villagomez as sales manager for the greater Austin area.
When the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center at The University of Texas at Austin opens on Aug. 3, Ted Hibler will serve as general manager and Doug Copeland will act as director of sales and marketing.
Meeting and event management company Experient has hired Blue Janis, Wendy Scott, Jim Talcott and Kay Till as national account mangers, who will work from home as independent sales representatives.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has appointed Josette Murai as convention services manager for its corporate meetings and incentives division.
Amy Shahayda and Sabrina Yakovich have been hired as sales managers for the Palm Springs (Calif.) Convention Center.