People/Events/Accounts: News About Benchmark, the Beverly Hilton, Luminato, and More

INDUSTRY NEWS: Event technology company AvaStar has named Steve Oliver general manager. Oliver brings over 25 years of industry experience to the role.

HOUSTON: Benchmark has appointed John Annicchiarico as vice president, sales operations. He previously served as vice president of sales for Salamander Hotels & Resorts.

LOS ANGELES: The team behind E.P. & L.P. plans to open Grandmasters Recorders, a multi-level restaurant and rooftop lounge, in Hollywood this summer. The venue will have a 130-seat dining room, a late-night bar, and a rooftop that holds as many as 300 people.

The Beverly Hilton will unveil a $35 million transformation in April, which will renovate the hotel's 566 guest rooms and indoor-outdoor event spaces.

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NEW YORK: The World Values Network will host its eighth annual gala, the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards, March 3 at Carnegie Hall. Speakers will include Evander Holyfield and more. 

New York International Antiquarian Book Fair  is returning to the Park Avenue Armory for its 60th Anniversary Edition March 5-8

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TORONTO: International arts festival Luminato will return this summer, June 11-28, with a new name—Luminato Festival Toronto. 

With contributions from Ashton Pike in Atlanta, Claire Hoffman in Los Angeles, and Rayna Katz, Beth Kormanik, and Michele Laufik in New York.

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