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.

At the conference, the association also honored, Lacy Lange, director of convention services & events at Visit Fort Worth, with the ESPA’s Leadership in Service (formerly the Inspiration in Service) award. Last year, Lange created the safety and health plan so the Religious Conference Managers Association could host its annual meeting, 2021 EMERGE. 

With more than 500 members, ESPA’s mission is to prepare event and convention services professionals for pivotal roles in innovative and successful event execution. As a forum for CSMs and an educational and networking resource, ESPA advocates for the role and impact that event service professionals have on the success of events and destinations, hotels, and convention centers.

In 2021, ESPA invested in the creation of foundational training for individuals new to event/convention services—and experienced professionals at convention centers, hotels and CVBs looking to broaden their understanding of event service across segments. The association plans to launch the new program after the conference.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheraton Dallas has welcomed Pierre Daval as the hotel’s new executive chef. Daval has more than 25 years of culinary experience, including 20 years with Marriott International. Originally from France, Daval started his culinary career in the United States at the Marriott Tan-Tar-A Resort in Missouri in 2000. His most recent role was at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort in Illinois as the executive chef and food and beverage director where he personally managed an apiary and a two-acre farm. He also previously worked at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare and the Chicago Marriott Downtown.

 

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts has broken ground on its new extended-stay brand in Plano. The all new-construction brand, operating under the working title "Project ECHO," has 72 hotels in the development pipeline as of the end of the second quarter. The purpose-built, 124-room Project ECHO prototype is just over 50,000 square feet, with individual rooms averaging 300 square feet. 

 

The Westin Dallas Stonebriar Golf Resort & Spa, located in Frisco, has hired Jennie Strahan as director of activities. In this position, Strahan will be responsible for the resort’s guest activities experience, partner with the community to increase Westin’s social responsibility reach, and engage guests of all ages in exciting and enriching programming. Strahan has extensive experience in well-being event and program management.