On The Move
The Ottawa Convention Centre (OCC) announced the appointment of Peggy Nieghorn as director of sales and Daniel Coates as manager, marketing and communications, effective immediately.
"I am delighted with the movement of Peggy and Daniel into these new roles at the Ottawa Convention Centre" said OCC President Pat Kelly. "These two individuals bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to their respective roles and the OCC is happy to be promoting them from within our organization."
Nieghorn has been with OCC since 1995, first as manager of business development handling a wide range of markets and event types before joining the OCC Redevelopment Project Team as project liaison in 2005. Since the new Ottawa Convention Centre opened in April 2011, Nieghorn has managed OCC's communications strategy and was responsible for Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport fulfillments, as well as stakeholder relations.
Coates will move into the position of manager, marketing and communications and lead the strategic development and execution of the marketing and communications strategies for the Ottawa Convention Centre. Coates will be in charge of marketing execution, communications within the market place, internal advertising and marketing of crEATe Kitchen Studio and other revenue generating activities.
Coates has been with the OCC since the fall of 2009 as marketing manager. During that time he spearheaded and developed the new look and brand for the OCC, created an entirely new website with true multimedia components, and introduced the world to the Ottawa Convention Centre.
SAVOR … Chicago, the foodservice leader chosen to run Chicago's McCormick Place food operations, named Chef Vincent Lai as its director of culinary services. Chef Lai comes to Chicago via the San Jose and Vancouver Convention Centers and the world-class kitchens of the Renaissance and Mandarin Oriental Hotels.
Chef Lai, a Vancouver native, has spent the past decade delighting visitors and exceeding their expectations and now his culinary talents are receiving praise at the nation's largest convention center. Acknowledging the challenge of catering for very large groups while maintaining creativity and excellent food quality, his response is that it's all about the ingredients. "My advice is always to get the ingredients right and then we'll figure out how to prepare and serve the menu to hundreds or thousands of people."
The Lynnwood (WA) Convention Center named David Jones as sales manager, specializing in the corporate market. With over 28 years of hotel and event experience, Jones is well-versed in the hospitality industry. Most recently, he was the sales manager for the Courtyard by Marriott in Lynnwood.
Currently, Jones is an Ambassador of the Economic Alliance of Snohomish County, a member of the Puget Sound Business Travel Association and an advisor on the Edmonds School District Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and Future Business Leaders of America.