Brent DeRaad has been named president and CEO of Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau. He will begin his new position on December 6, 2021. DeRaad is replacing Ron Price, who had been president and CEO since 2013. 

DeRaad has more than 20 years of hospitality leadership, sales and marketing experience. He comes to Arlington from Visit Tucson, where, as president and CEO, he was responsible for a $10 million annual budget and 16,000 hotel rooms. 

Prior to Visit Tucson, DeRaad was executive vice president of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he previously was vice president of marketing. He has also been director of communications with the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau.

"I am honored to lead the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau and to take the baton from Ron Price. The CVB’s knowledgeable staff, city leaders, industry stakeholders and I will work together to continue the growth and impact of the organization and the city as we move into the future,” said DeRaad. 

The Woodlands Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton has appointed Ricardo Bravo to the role of executive chef. In this capacity, he will oversee the culinary direction for two of the 402-room property’s three restaurants—The Woodlands Dining Room and Cool Water Café—as well as catering for 75,000 square feet of indoor meeting and event space and outdoor function areas.

 

The Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA) named Paola Bowman, CMP, CMM, its new president at its 2022 annual conference held January 21–23 in Kansas City, Missouri. Bowman is destination services manager at the Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Arlington, Texas. During her tenure, Bowman plans to focus her energy on diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, as well as growing membership through outreach.

 

Fort Worth’s Hotel Drover has appointed Devin Walline executive chef and Jamel Taggart director of hotel food and beverage operations.