Industry People 2-16-2007

Hilton Tour Ends in harmony After logging more than 10,000 miles on the road, stopping in eight cities and raising over $100,000 toward music education, the Hilton Harmony Piano made its ninth and final stop at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater in Hollywood, Calif., where more than 500 Los Angeles-ar


Hilton Tour Ends in harmony

After logging more than 10,000 miles on the road, stopping in eight cities and raising over $100,000 toward music education, the Hilton Harmony Piano made its ninth and final stop at the Henry Fonda Music Box Theater in Hollywood, Calif., where more than 500 Los Angeles-area schoolchildren witnessed singer-songwriter Josh Kelley and eight-time Grammy Award-winner Natalie Cole become the last two artists to sign the piano after its cross-country journey.

Sponsored by Hilton, the Grammy Foundation and the Recording Academy, the Hilton Harmony Tour criss-crossed the nation to help raise money for music education. At each stop, musicians like Bruce Springsteen, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder and Sheryl Crow signed the piano, and for each signature, Hilton promised to donate $1,000 to support the cause.

At the Los Angeles event, schoolchildren were treated to a private concert. Cole sang from her forthcoming album and wowed the audience with an a capella performance of “Everlasting Love.” Kelley performed on both the guitar and the piano. Both artists took questions from the kids and put the last two signatures on the piano.


Elliot Moves to Starwood Hawaii

Don Elliot was recently named vice president of operations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii. Elliot will oversee the multi-million-dollar redevelopment of the Sheraton Waikiki, Sheraton Moana-Surfrider, The Royal Hawaiian and Sheraton Princess Kaiulani hotels.

He is returning to his roots at the Moana hotel where he joined Starwood as assistant controller, while leaving his position as the area manager for the Sub-Saharan African Region of Starwood Hotels and Resorts and general manager of the Sheraton Pretoria in South Africa. Elliot will report to Keith Vieira, senior vice president, operations, Hawaii and French Polynesia.


Avanti Appoints Worksman

Avanti Tours announced the appointment of Lisa A. Worksman as director of sales.

Worksman’s previous experience includes positions with Rail Europe, as business development manager for Southern California, New Mexico and Arizona and as director of sales/Western Region for DER. She has also served in management for several prominent tour operators.

Worksman will now work with Avanti’s enhanced sales program, reflecting their growth in the FIT niche in the travel marketplace.

Harry Dalgaard, President of Avanti Destinations commented: “Lisa is a skilled professional with in-depth travel experience. She will provide strong leadership for our expanded sales program.”

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