People & Places Presented
By Association News (March 2017)
Angeles, CA – March 2017 / Newsmaker Alert / Each monthly issue of
News contains information from state and regional associations,
convention bureaus, hotels and hotel chains and other meeting facilities.
Beachnau has been promoted to senior vice-president of sales, marketing
and sports at the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. Beachnau
has worked at the bureau in different capacities for the past 24 years;
prior to that, he spent eight years working in the hospitality industry.
Phoenix has promoted Lorne Edwards to vice-president of sales and
services. Edwards came to the organization as director of sales after 16
years with the Hyatt Hotels Corporation.
Linder has been named national sales manager at Visit Savannah (Georgia)
where she will handle accounts based in Chicago and other major markets
in the Midwest and West. Linder previously held sales and management positions
at two Savannah properties: Hotel Indigo and the River Street Inn.
Whiting has been hired as national sales manager of the Cincinnati
USA Convention & Visitors Bureau. She previously worked at VisitPittsburgh
as national sales director. Whiting also previously spent time with Starwood
Hotels & Resorts as a field marketing manager.
McKee has been appointed national sales manager of Visit KC (Missouri);
she will be responsible for the Southeast. McKee most recently served as
sales manager of the Crowne Plaza/Kansas City Downtown.
Saeger has been named director of sales and business development at
the Bermuda Tourism Authority. For the last decade, Saeger has served as
the head of North America meeting and incentive sales for the South Africa
National Convention Bureau.
Golpeo has been named director of operations at the Hawaii Convention
Center in Honolulu. Golpeo has experience serving as director of operations
at the Forum in Inglewood, California, and as general manager of premium
services at the Talking Stick Resort Arena (then the U.S. Airways Center)
Beretta has been appointed vice-president of Swire Hotels in the United
States and general manager of the hotel East, Miami in downtown’s Brickell
City Centre. Beretta most recently served as managing director of the Carlyle
hotel in New York City.
a trade-show services and event-production company based in Atlanta, has
appointed Frank Villamar as chief financial officer and promoted
Steve Margos to vice-president of West Coast operations. Villamar
most recently served as CFO of Turnberry Innovations. Margos previously
served as manager of Shepard’s Las Vegas branch. He will maintain that
role but also assume leadership of the Phoenix and California branches.
Brady has been named general manager of the SMG-managed Wilmington
Convention Center in Wilmington, North Carolina. Brady has more than 25
years of experience and most recently served as senior director of sales
and marketing for the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center
Humphreys has been named general manager of the Hyatt Regency/San Francisco.
Humphreys most recently served as general manager of the Hyatt Regency/Santa
Clara, also located in California.
Simoncelli has been named general manager of the Ritz-Carlton/ Chicago.
Simoncelli has more than 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry.
He previously served as general manager of two Westin properties in Chicago:
the Westin/Michigan Avenue and the Westin/Chicago River North.
Roehrbein has been named general manager of the Hilton Aruba Caribbean
Resort & Casino, which recently completed a multimillion- dollar renovation.
Roehrbein most recently served as general manager of the Cairo Marriott
Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino in Egypt.
Byrd has been appointed general manager of the Shores Resort &
Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida. Byrd most recently served as general
manager of the Crowne Plaza/Melbourne Oceanfront in Melbourne, Florida.
Hurst has been named general manager of the Salishan Spa & Golf
Resort in Gleneden Beach, Oregon. Hurst previously served as general manager
of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon.
Findlen has been appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Maui
Resort & Spa on the Hawaiian island’s western Ka’anapali Coast. Findlen
has been with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts since 1985 and most recently served
as general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
in Incline Village, Nevada.
Hendrix has been promoted to general manager of the Hotel Hershey in
Hershey, Pennsylvania, effective May 1. He currently serves as the property’s
assistant general manager. Prior to joining the Hershey Entertainment &
Resorts, Hendrix worked at various Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons properties.
Clough has been named resort manager of the Four Seasons Resort/ Scottsdale
at Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona. Clough has worked for Four Seasons
Hotels & Resorts for six years and was previously resort manager of
the Four Seasons Resort/Oahu at Ko Olina in Kapolei, Hawaii.
Waldorf Astoria/Beverly Hills, scheduled to open in June in Southern California,
has hired Jeroen Werdmolder as hotel manager and Vanessa Williams
as director of sales and marketing. Werdmolder most recently served as
hotel manager of the Waldorf Astoria/Amsterdam while Williams was most
recently director of business development at the Conrad/ Seoul in South
Rockwood has been named vice-president of sales of L.E. Hotels, a global
hospitality brand. He most recently served as vice-president of sales for
Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
Gaeta has been named director of sales and marketing for the Grand
Hyatt/New York in New York City. Gaeta most recently served as director
of sales and marketing at the InterContinental New York Barclay.
Kolar has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the Pittsburgh
Marriott City Center. She has experience leading the pre-opening marketing
for the Hotel Indigo/Pittsburgh– East Liberty.
Imbesi has been named director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt
Regency/San Francisco Airport in Burlingame, California. Imbesi most recently
served as director of sales, marketing and events at the Hyatt Regency/Reston
Ko has been named corporate director of sales at Rosewood Hotels &
Resorts. She brings to her new role extensive experience in the incentive,
meetings and events industry, including serving as regional director of
sales at Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts for more than 20 years.
Wyndham Grand/Clearwater Beach has opened in Clearwater, Florida.
The resort offers 343 guest rooms, a pool overlooking the beach and a 24-hour
fitness center. For meetings, the hotel features more than 22,000-square-feet
of space including an 10,632-square-foot ballroom.
126-room Aloft/Louisville East has made its debut in Louisville,
Kentucky. Hotel features include nearly 3,600-square-feet of meeting space,
an indoor pool, a fitness center and a bar.
Kansas City, Missouri, Hotel Phillips Kansas City has completed
a $20 million transformation and is now part of the Curio Collection by
Hilton. The 20-story, downtown hotel offers 216 guest rooms, a new restaurant
and meeting space for groups of up to 150 people.
US Grant Hotel in San Diego has completed a $13 million renovation
of its grand lobby, meeting venues, fitness center and all 270 guest rooms.
The property offers 33,000-square-feet of meeting space, including four
Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, Florida, has completed a $6 million
renovation, which included new Beach House guest rooms, sustainability
initiatives and a gourmet coffee bar. The 189-room resort offers 12,000-square-feet
of indoor and outdoor event space.
Arlington, Virginia, what was formerly the Hyatt/Arlington is now the Hyatt
Centric/Arlington. Following a full renovation, the property now offers
318 guest rooms and more than 6,700-square-feet of event space.
have been announced for the construction of the Red River Street Canopy
Walk, which will connect the Austin (Texas) Convention Center
to the Fairmont/Austin, currently under construction. The $6 million,
elevated bridge will enter into the second floor of the convention center
and is expected to be complete in August. The 37-story Fairmont is also
scheduled to open in August with 1,048 guest rooms, a spa and nearly 140,000-square-feet
of meeting space.
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