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  • Barry Smith Earns Lifetime Achievement Award

     
    POSTED May 10, 2017
     

Barry Smith, president and CEO, has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Convention Management Association Education Foundation yesterday at the 2017 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C.

Smith is one of the first Canadians to ever receive this award, which is given to inspirational leaders for their contributions to the business events industry.

“It gives us great pride to see Barry receive this incredibly well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award”, says Harald Thiel, chair of the Board of Directors at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. “We truly value his exemplary leadership and his commitment to our industry and PCMA.”

Smith has led the Metro Toronto Convention Centre since 1998. He serves on the PCMA Board and the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees, and was the first Canadian Cahir for the PCMA Education Foundation.

“Over his distinguished career Barry has been a true champion for business events and his constant thirst to innovate has kept Toronto and its Convention Centre at the forefront of our industry,” says Johanne Belanger, President and CEO of Tourism Toronto.

The soon-to-open Omni Frisco Hotel in Dallas has announced the names of its new director of operations, director of finance, director of sales and marketing, director of engineering, director of human resources and neighborhood services general manager.

The hotel will open in July 2017. All of the announced positions will report to Jeff Smith, hotel general manager.

 

Kohler Co. has announced the appointment of Doug Stringer as head chef of The Immigrant Restaurant, located at The American Club resort-hotel at Destination Kohler.

Stringer joined Kohler Co. in 2015 as sous chef of Riverbend, where he oversaw all facets of kitchen operations, purchasing, food cost management, staffing, menu design, and overall leadership. He has over seven years of fine dining and hospitality experience. In his new role, he will oversee the development and creation of culinary programs.

 

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Terri Woodin was recently hired as the Vice President of Marketing & Global Meeting Services for Meeting Sites Resource.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the vice president of marketing and global meeting services?