Date: April , 2005

Dennis Argenzia, has been named marketing and promotions manager for The Grove of Anaheim (Calif.) for Nederlander. Argenzia has over nine years of marketing experience and most recently consulted in the entertainment industry focusing on music. Prior to that, he worked for House of Blues Concerts, and Bill Silva and Andrew Hewitt, as well as various major record labels.

Anaheim Arena Management LLC (AAM), the management company for the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (Calif.), announced that Chris DeLloyd has been promoted to the position of event crew supervisor. DeLloyd has worked at the Arrowhead Pond since June 2000. Prior to his promotion, DeLloyd was the event crew leader.

Cindy DuBois has been named director of marketing and education for the Center for the Performing Arts at The Woodlands (Texas), home of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. DuBois has been the public relations manager for The Center for five years. She has 12 years of experience in journalism, public relations and marketing, largely with nonprofit organizations. Faisel K. Durrani has been named executive vice president of Marketing for the Music Division of Clear Channel Entertainment. Durrani will report directly to Michael Rapino, president and CEO. Most recently, Durrani served as senior vice president of international marketing for Island Def Jam Music Group. Durrani has also served as president of System Recordings Inc. At Palm Pictures, Durrani served as company president.

Lenay Gore has joined the San Diego Convention Center sales team as director of national accounts, Eastern Region. Gore has over 20 years experience in the meeting and hospitality industry. Most recently she served as the director of business development for International Entertainment Production Meeting Presentation Group. Prior to that, she was a sales manager for the Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation. She also has 12 years of hotel sales experience.

Rob Hallett has been named senior vice president, International, AEG Live. Hallett, based in London, was most recently head of music and board director for The Mean Fiddler Music Group Plc. He has over 20 years of industry experience. (See March 16 VT e-newsletter.)

The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau (GHCVB) welcomes Jim Knauff as new senior national key account sales manager. Knauff has over 25 years of experience in hotel management, marketing and sales. He ran his own hotel industry consulting firm, K3 Hospitality Corporation, and has served as national sales manager for the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

John Lamkin has been named director of Compass Facility Management's Concourse Premium Food and Merchandising Division. Besides operating his own consulting business, Lamkin has served as a consultant to Levy Restaurants and as vice president of Marketing for Pritchard Sports and Entertainment. He was also vice president for Business Development at Fine Host Corporation and Ogden Entertainment, and has held account positions at Volume Services and American Seating. (See March 16 VT e-newsletter.)

Adam Millar has returned to the Grove of Anaheim (Calif.) as general manager for Nederlander. Millar, a 15-year veteran of venue operations and services, will additionally be the primary contact for Aventura, the Grove's exclusive food and beverage contractor.

HOK Sport+Venue+Event has hired five former Ellerbe Beckett principals, Dave Orlowski, Brad Clark, Steve Hotujek, Mike Clay and Mike Sabatini. That action has resulted in a lawsuit by Ellerbe.

Anaheim Arena Management LLC (AAM), the management company for the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim (Calif.), has hired Bonner Paddock as senior manager of sales. Paddock received his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management at San Diego State University. He has over six years of experience in business development, most recently as the director of business development at Seaver Marketing Group.

Napersoft Inc. has appointed J. Douglas Pike vice president of sales. Pike will have overall responsibility for Napersoft global sales. He will continue to be based in Richmond, Va. He had been with Document Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: DOCX), where he served most recently as vice president of Sales.

Front Row Marketing Services, the corporate sales arm for the Budweiser Events Center and Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland, Colo., has named Jason Racette corporate sales director. Prior to joining Front Row, he worked at Colorado University in the Premium Seating department. He also worked for the Denver Broncos as the premium seating representative, and interned with the NFL.

David Stone has joined The Leib Group, a sports and entertainment consulting firm. He will focus on facility issues, such as market and financial feasibility analyses. The firm is based in Wisconsin, but Stone will work out of Chicago. He was previously director of Sports Consulting for C.H. Johnson Consulting in Chicago.

Doug Thornton, general manager of the Louisiana Superdome since 1997, has been promoted to regional vice president by SMG. Thornton was replaced at the Superdome and New Orleans Arena by Glenn Menard, who has been the assistant general manager in charge of the New Orleans Arena since 1998. Thornton will continue to serve as the Superdome representative in negotiations with the New Orleans Saints.

Edward J. Weiss has been promoted to executive vice president and general counsel for Ticketmaster. He will oversee all aspects of Ticketmaster's domestic and international legal initiatives. Weiss joined Ticketmaster in 1998 and previously served as the company's senior vice president and assistant general counsel. Prior to that, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. He began his legal career in 1988 at the Los Angeles law firm Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.

Heidi Welker has been named vice president marketing, AVW-TELAV Audio Visual Solutions, Toronto. She has been with the firm 18 years. She began her career in the meetings and conventions industry in 1982, and joined AVW-TELAV as director of marketing for the Canadian Division in 1987.


SAADEH – Twin girls, Quincy Grace and Taylor Madison, Feb. 22 in San Diego to Kenna O'Connor, assistant director of the Cox Arena, San Diego, and Sean Saadeh, director of booking and marketing, iPayOne Center, San Diego. The two were born at 9:54 p.m., weighing 5 pounds, 1 ounce, and 9:55 at 5 pounds, 7 ounces, respectively.


LEONARD-FORNIA – On Feb. 19, Everett Events Center AV Technician Cole Robert Fornia wed Alison Tilea Elizabeth Leonard at center ice during the first intermission at the Everett Silvertips home game against the Red Deer Rebels. The ceremony was presided over by his friend, co-worker and event coordinator for the Everett Events Center, Dennis McDonald. The couple was engaged at center ice in the first intermission at the Jan. 28, 2004 Everett Silvertips game against the Seattle Thunderbirds. This marks the first marriage on the ice and during an Everett Silvertips Game. Their reception followed at the Everett Events Center Conference Center.


CHRIS LEDOUX – 56, March 9 at Casper (Wyo.) Medical Center of complications related to treatment for cancer of the bile duct. LeDoux, a former rodeo champion, began writing songs as a teenager. He had recorded 22 albums on his own before Garth Brooks mentioned him in a song, resulting in even more attention and a recording contract with Capitol Records Nashville in 1990. He has recorded 15 more albums since then. LeDoux was a perennial favorite on the country music concert touring circuit. He hit the road again only six months after having a liver transplant in 2000. He was diagnosed with cancer late last year. Donations in LeDoux's name can be made to: Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, 101 Pro Rodeo Dr., Colorado Springs, CO 80919.


H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest and Joseph Neubauer were given humanitarian awards by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Lenfest, who started the cable company Lenfest Communications that was later sold to Comcast Corp., was given the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service. Neubauer, CEO of Aramark Corp., was given the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.

The Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County and the Buffalo Niagara Partnership have selected Susan Przybyl, executive director of the Kenan Center in Lockport, N.Y., to receive this year's award for “Outstanding Arts Administrator.” Przybyl has been with the Kenan Center since 1998.