The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau announces two recent promotions: Deborah Burleson is now director, national accounts — corporate/East Coast; and Lisa Parman has taken on the role of director, national accounts — corporate/West Coast.

Bart Berkey has been hired by the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau as a national sales manager. Berkey, who will be responsible for sales in the Washington, D.C., area, most recently served as managing director of Return On Information, a company he founded to help industry sales departments solicit group meeting planners more effectively.

Don Jones has been named director of marketing for The Pierre, a Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. Jones joins from Dean & Deluca, where he was vice president of sales for its business-to-business division.

David J. Sargent has been named director of sales and marketing for The Westin New York at Times Square, which is scheduled to open in November 2002. Sargent was most recently director of sales and marketing for Sheraton Hotels of New York.

Keith Battaglia has been hired as director of sales for Benchmark Hospitality's The Chattanoogan in Chattanooga, Tenn. He was formerly director of sales for the World Trade Institute Conference Center in New York City. Also at The Chattanoogan, Traci Parker was appointed sales manager, responsible for sales in the South, Southwest, and Midwest. Parker was formerly sales manager and operations manager for Summit Destination Services, where she worked at Benchmark Hospitality's Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Bruce Seigel has been named director of marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort, opening in summer 2003. He had been director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

In Miami, at Sonesta Hotel & Suites — Coconut Grove, set to open in spring 2002, Gina Marcello has been named director of sales and marketing. Marcello, who has been with Sonesta since 1988, was most recently director of sales for the Sonesta Beach Resort Key Biscayne (Fla.). Succeeding her at the Key Biscayne property is Iris Acosta, former sales manager for the resort.

At The Partridge Inn in Augusta, Ga., Ron Patrick has been named director of sales. He formerly worked in sales and marketing for Bridgestone/Firestone Corp. The 156-room Partridge Inn is the first Georgia hotel selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for inclusion in the Historic Hotels of America collection.

Corrine Moryson has been named director of marketing at Pan Pacific Vancouver (B.C.). She was most recently regional director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. in Los Angeles.

The independent meeting planning firm Conferon, based in Twinsburg, Ohio, has appointed Shelley K. McLoughlin as national sales manager for its Boston office, where she will be responsible for the Northeast market. McLoughlin was previously sales director, meeting planning channel, for Passkey.

The Performance Group of Northern California, a full-service meeting and incentive planning company, has named Penelope Dwyer account executive. Dwyer had been director of corporate communications for Advanced Communications Technology, and before that, director of strategic alliances for Voquette and Audiohighway, both Internet media companies. The Performance Group is based in Emeryville, Calif.

At JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort, Jane M. Chaney, CMP, has been appointed director of marketing. For the past three years, Chaney has been vice president of convention sales and services for the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

At the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority, Ronald W. Davis has been named senior vice president of sales and customer relations. Davis, an all-American football player who once fielded defense for the 49ers, Cardinals, and Falcons, was most recently president and CEO of the Oakland (Calif.) CVB.