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Clodagh Larkin

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California appointed Larkin to director of meetings and events. She comes from a role as director of meetings and special events at The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba, where she was given the Global Event Management award. Shal also worked at The Ritz-Carlton, Fort Lauderdale; The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe; and The Ritz-Carlton, Powerscourt in Dublin.

Emmie Brown

Brown has been promoted to president of Southwestern Speakers, a division of Southwestern Consulting. She is also a senior partner with Southwestern Consulting. Brown has worked with Southwestern Family for 19 years.

Leiya Cohen

Cohen is general manager at Dream Midtown in New York City. Cohen recently served as hotel manager for The Time New York. She has held numerous managerial roles at Millennium Premier New York Times Square, Conrad New York Midtown; as well as restaurants, including Gordon Ramsay at The London at MEGU New York.

Edean Kam

Radisson Blu Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, promoted Kam to general manager. For the last seven years, Kam worked as hotel manager. Prior to Radisson Blu Mall, she worked with Loews Hotels in Philadelphia as hotel manager. Before moving to the United States in 2007, Kam worked in a multitude of positions for Four Seasons Resorts & Hotels in Hawaii.

Karin Gillard

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CSI DMC welcomed Gillard to the team as senior account executive, where she will focus on the West Coast. Before CSI DMC, Gillard was director of catering and sales at Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. Prior to that, she was an account executive for Kuoni Destination Management USA. She also has experience working in private event venues and other hotel properties. Gillard is based in Las Vegas.

Jon Davidson

Davidson is general manager for Chateau on the Lake Resort, Spa & Convention Center in Branson, Missouri. Before this, Davidson worked as vice president and chief operating officer for Shangri-La Golf Club, Resort & Marina in Monkey Island, Oklahoma. In his experience, Davidson has worked in various locations in the Midwest, including Cherokee Casino Resort/Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Regency Hotel Management in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Russel Storey

Storey is general manager for Cabrits Resort & Spa Kempinski Dominica. Before he joined the team in Dominica, Storey was general manager for Royal Maxim Palace, Cairo. He’s worked at other properties around the globe, including Kempinski Hotel Soma Bay in Egypt; Jordan Valley Marriott Resort & Spa in Dead Sea, Jordan; and Sheraton Park Tower Knightsbridge London, where he started his career.



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