DAVE BROOKS PROMOTED AT BILLBOARD >> Dave Brooks has been promoted to senior director of live & touring at Billboard, effective immediately. Brooks is the co-founder of Amplify Media, which produces this newsletter and was acquired by Billboard in 2018. He’ll continue to work out of Amplify’s offices in Long Beach and report to Dan Rys, Billboard news director.

J ANTHONY LOPEZ TO MANAGE DALLAS CC >> Spectra has named industry veteran J. Anthony Lopez the new general manager for the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Lopez comes to Dallas with thirty years of industry experience, most recently serving as assistant general manager for McCormick Place in Chicago, Ill., the nation’s largest convention center.

DONNA DOWLESS SELECTED FOR IAVM RAY WARD AWARD >> Donna Dowless, a 40-year member of International Association of Venue Managers, will receive the distinguished Ray Ward Award at the Venue Management School in Oglebay, West Virginia later this year. Dowless serves as chair of XOXO Media Group in Orlando and doubles as her city’s Ambassador of Love.  MORE >>>