People in the News

Melissa Ooi

Melissa Ooi joined EventsPass as Executive Vice President – US Operations. Previously, Ooi was the Executive Vice President at ASP Inc, where she spent more than 18 years, and oversaw U.S. operations, managed relationships with senior executives and provided strategic oversight of software development. She had also been the Executive Vice President of Strategy at Explori.

Reach Melissa at or (702) 523-7902

Angeles Moreno

Angeles Moreno assumed the role of Country Manager AIM Spain, effective September 1. In this role, she will manage the business in the country with a focus on relaunching AIM’s activities in the market and achieving growth, increase revenue and promote talent acquisition to reinforce the operation in Spain. Most recently, Moreno was Director of Strategic Alliances and Business Growth at The Creative Dots | Business Strategy Consulting.

Lisa Hannant

Clarion Events announced Lisa Hannant will be the new CEO, effective Oct. 1, 2022. Hannant joined Clarion in 2008 and was appointed to the board as Group Managing Director in 2013, with the responsibility of driving international expansion. Hannant is succeeding Russell Wilcox, who will move into the Executive Chairman position.

Tony Yousfi

The Venetian Resort Las Vegas announced Tony Yousfi joined the executive team as Chief Sales Officer. He brings 18 years of hospitality experience, and he was most recently the Senior Vice President of Sales, Catering and Conference Services for Fontainebleau Las Vegas. Yousfi will aide in The Venetian’s continued expansion and efforts to enhance the overall customer experience.

Reach Tony at (702) 414-4021

Eric Blanc

The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) announced the promotion of Eric Blanc, CMP to Deputy Director. In this new role, Blanc will oversee the Sales, Marketing, Event Management and Exhibitor Services divisions at the convention center. Blanc first joined the OCCC as the Assistant Director of Sales in 2019, and in 2020 he was promoted to Senior Director of Sales. Previously, Blanc spent 15 years at the Tampa Convention Center, where he was the Director of Sales, Marketing and Convention Services.

Reach Eric at or (407) 685-9802

Andrew Darmohraj

Andrew Darmohraj joined the National Safety Council as Senior Director, Conventions. Previously, Darmohraj was the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the American Pet Products Association, where he worked for more than 24 years. He brings more than three decades in the trade show and association industries to his new role.

Angela Scalpello

Angela Scalpello will continue as the volunteer Membership Chair for Women in Exhibitions Network (WIEN).

Scalpello is the Owner and Principal of The Scalpello Group, LLC, a consulting practice for aligning senior management teams around a new strategy and jump-starting activation. She also served in various roles at UBM including SVP of Organizational Development and SVP of People & Culture.

“One of the things I’ve learned over my 30-year career is that building social and political capital is key to career enrichment and advancement,” Scalpello stated. “One of the best ways to build that social capital is to be a part of a community – a community in which you can learn, give and receive advice and support, and where you can build genuine relationships. The WIEN is exactly that.”

Individual membership is $99 per year, and corporate memberships provide discounts based on the number of women in the organization enrolling.

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Nancy Bass

Nancy Bass is retiring from the hospitality industry. Bass dedicated the last 16 and a half years to Richmond Region Tourism as a member of the Destination Sales team. Her tenure at Richmond Region Tourism included being a part of 600 events’ bookings, hundreds of site visits and meetings and forming partnerships.

Cameron Geiger

Freeman announced that Cameron Geiger joined as EVP of Business Operations & Digital Transformation. In this newly-created role, Geiger will lead Freeman’s supply chain, digital transformation and sales enablement teams. He brings more than 30 years of experience in operations, supply chain and technology roles, and most recently, Geiger was the Chief Operations Officer for Soli Organic.

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Steve Pitt

Longtime Senior Vice President of the National Automobile Dealers Association and hospitality industry legend Steve Pitt passed away. Pitt was with the NADA for 47 years, leading the Conventions & Exposition group, and he retired in early 2022 after his final NADA Show in Las Vegas. He was also involved in various industry organizations, including the American Society of Association Executives, IAEE, PCMA, CEIR and was on client advisory boards for convention centers across the country.