Visit San Antonio named Anderson president and CEO, effective June 1. Anderson comes from Choose Chicago and McCormick Place, a convention center in Chicago, where he was chief operating officer. Before Choose Chicago, Anderson was regional director of marketing for The Peninsula Hotels. Anderson serves on the board of directors for United States Travel Association (USTA), is an executive committee member of Meetings Mean Business Coalition, co-chair of USTA CEO Roundtable and is a member on Destination International’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Karen Totaro, CVE
Totaro is general manager for TCF Center in Detroit. Totaro was previously chief operating officer for San Diego Convention Center Corporation. Before this, Totaro worked as general manager at Atlantic City Convention Center, assistant general manager for Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati and assistant executive director at Oregon Convention Center in Portland.
Darryl Diamond, CMP
Talley Management Group (TMG), Inc., has named Diamond senior meeting manager. Before joining TMG, Diamond worked as medical meetings project manager for MedStar Health in Washington, D.C. He’s also owner of and worked as CEO for Big White Dog Events in Washington, D.C. Diamond holds a certificate in virtual event and meeting management and is a member of MPI, PCMA, Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP) and Senior Planner Industry Network (SPIN).
Doug Bennett, CASE
Bennett has been promoted to executive vice president for Louisville Tourism in Kentucky, effective July 1; Bennett was formerly senior vice president of convention development. Before joining Louisville Tourism, Bennett was director of sales for Global Experience Specialists. He also worked as vice president of sales and services for Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association.
The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa Avon, Vail Valley, in Colorado named Burks catering sales and events manager. Burks recently worked as events manager for Four Seasons Resort & Residences Vail in Colorado. Burks has also held conference service positions at Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, The St. Regis Atlanta, The Westin Peachtree Plaza Atlanta, W Atlanta—Downtown and Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport.
The Eliza Jane in New Orleans appointed LeMaire general manager. Most recently, LaMaire worked as opening general manager for Nopsi Hotel in New Orleans. Before this, LaMaire was general manager for The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. She has also held management positions for Interstate Hotels & Resorts, Kessler Collection, Loews Hotels and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour in Miami Beach named Sanchez director of spa of its Remede Spa. This follows her position as assistant spa director for The Ritz-Carlton Coconut Grove in Miami. During her tenure at Coconut Grove, Sanchez was awarded 2018 Leader of the Year, 2017 Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association Inn Key—Spa Hospitality Leadership Award and 2016 Five Star Employee of the Year.