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Cindy Stephens Torian has joined Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, La., as director of convention services. Torian brings 25 years of hotel experience to the position. Prior to joining Paragon she served as vice president of Hadnot Hotel Properties and was a national sales manager for Walt Disney World Resorts. She began her career as a member of a three-year management training and development program with Hilton Hotels in California. She is an active member of several non-profit organizations and has served as chairwoman of the Alexandria/Pineville [Va.] Convention and Visitors Bureau and as president of the Alexandria Hotel/Motel Association.