KATHY NEWBY has joined the STUART RENTAL CO., which serves the San Francisco Bay area, as senior event specialist. Stuart appears on the Special Events "30 Top Event Rental Companies" list. Call 800/400-0543 …

Toronto-based CHAIR-MAN MILLS, listed as one of the Special Events "30 Top Rental Companies," announced yesterday that the company has been sold to Granite Group, a Toronto-based private equity firm. JOHN VAN SCHEPEN will now serve as the company's president. Former owners MARY and GEORGE CROTHERS will continue to act as consultants and will assist in the transition period, according to a company statement. Call 416/391-0400 …

MICHAEL FIORENTINO, CMP, will assume the role of chief marketing officer at New York-based DMC EMPIRE FORCE EVENTS. He also will become the third partner in the company, joining JACLYN BERNSTEIN and ROBERT W. HULSMEYER. Call 212/924-0320 …

SARAH SHEEHAN has joined the new Las Vegas office of GO WEST CREATIVE, headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., as director of business development. MELISSA SARRIA has been named an account executive at the Westlake Village location. Call 805/557-0333 …

DeeANN HOBBS has been named executive chef at the RENAISSANCE WORLD GOLF VILLAGE RESORT in Jacksonville/St. Augustine, Fla. Call 904/940-8696 …

CLAIRE FIDELMAN has been promoted to associate director of sales at VDA PRODUCTIONS of Somerville, Mass. Call 617/628-1200 …

Houston-based TOTAL TENT SOLUTIONS has named JIM REAGAN and CHRISTINA ACOSTA regional sales managers. Call 713/444-2468 …

MICHELE FRANK has been named director of sales and marketing at the WESTIN CAPE CORAL RESORT in Cape Coral, Fla. Call 866/837-4278 …

LYNDA SAITTA has been named Northeastern regional sales manager for Dallas-based transportation company MUV. Call 800/360-5466 …

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