People & Places Presented
By Association News (April 2017)
Angeles, CA – April 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.
Clark has been named president and CEO of Visit Mobile (Alabama). Clark
brings to his new role 29 years of industry experience, previously serving
as general manager of The Beach Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Before that,
he worked with Marriott International for 25 years.
Larragueta has been named vice-president of sales at the Reno-Sparks
(Nevada) Convention & Visitors Authority. Larragueta most recently
served as executive director of sales at the Silver Legacy, Eldorado and
Circus Circus properties in Reno.
Kopecky has been appointed sales account executive at Visit Milwaukee.
Kopecky has more than 20 years of experience at GMR Marketing, where she
most recently served as director of travel, corporate events, meetings
Greater Birmingham (Alabama) Convention & Visitors Bureau has promoted
Steve Pierson to director of convention sales and has hired Carman
Atchison as sales manager for the Northeast territory and the arts
and culture markets. Pierson previously served as the bureau’s national
sales manager and, prior to that, was vice-president of sales for convention
bureaus in Knoxville, Tennessee; Rochester, New York; and Houston. Atchison
most recently served as sales manager for Westin and Sheraton properties
Henry has been named general manager of both the Owensboro Convention
Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter in Owensboro, Kentucky. Henry most
recently served as director of operations at the Baton Rouge Convention
Center in Louisiana.
Cardona has been appointed general manager of Le Méridien/Chicago-
Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook, Illinois. Cardona has more than 22 years
of experience; he previously held executive positions with Four Seasons
Hotels & Resorts, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, the Park Hyatt/Chicago
and the SLS/ South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.
Burton has been named general manager of the Westin/Jackson, which
is scheduled to open in August in Jackson, Mississippi with 203 guest rooms
and 10 meeting spaces. Burton most recently served as general manager of
the Westin/Chicago Northwest in Itasca, Illinois.
Tabet has been named general manager of the Hilton Los Cabos Beach
& Golf Resort in Mexico, where he served as director of food and beverage
from 2007 to 2012. More recently, Tabet was general manager of the Hilton/Lima-Miraflores
Purdy has been appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lake
Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino in Incline Village, Nevada. Purdy most recently
served as general manager of the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa
Task has been named general manager of the Big Cypress Lodge in Memphis,
Tennessee. He previously was assistant general manager of the Titanic Deluxe
Bodrum hotel in Turkey.
Hughes has been appointed general manager of the Kimpton Hotel Vintage
in Portland, Oregon. Hughes previously served as assistant general manager
for six years at the Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington.
Bucci has been named managing director of the Hilton Marco Island Beach
Resort & Spa in Florida, which recently completed a $40 million transformation.
Bucci most recently served as general manager of the Hyatt Regency/ Westlake
in Westlake Village, California.
David has been named managing director of the Watergate Hotel in Washington,
D.C. David previously served as managing partner of the Greydon House in
Arraya has been named resort manager of the Four Seasons Resort/ Lanai
in Hawaii. He previously held a number of senior management positions at
resorts across the United States and Asia, including the East/Miami and
East/Hong Kong hotels, the Fontainebleau/ Miami Beach and the Pierre in
New York City.
128-room Park Hyatt/St. Kitts, scheduled to open late this spring on the
Caribbean island with 7,000-square-feet of event space, has hired Julian
Moore as general manager and Mark Guthrie as director of sales
and marketing. Moore most recently served as general manager of the Park
Hyatt/Hadahaa in the Maldives. Guthrie comes to the property with experience
as director of sales, marketing and events at the Park Hyatt/ Washington,
Omni Hotel at The Battery Atlanta, scheduled to open early 2018 with 264
guest rooms and more than 12,000-square-feet of meeting space, has named
Ramon Reyes as general manager and Jennifer Mayo as director
of sales and marketing. Reyes previously served as director of rooms and
operations for the Omni Royal Orleans in New Orleans. And for the last
12 years, Mayo was the director of sales and marketing at the Omni/Charlottesville
Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix has named Ryan Fitzgerald as resort
manager and Carey Shindler as senior sales manager. Fitzgerald most
recently served as hotel manager of the Loews/ Philadelphia. Shindler comes
to the Arizona Biltmore from the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix
where she served as national sales manager for more than three years.
Statler Hotel in Dallas, which is undergoing a $225 million redevelopment
expected to be complete this spring, has appointed Evan Danziger
as general manager and Jennifer Wasserman as director of sales and
marketing. Danziger previously served as general manager of the Embassy
Suites/Denver International Airport and as assistant general manager of
the Embassy Suites/Phoenix-Scottsdale. Wasserman has more than 20 years
of hospitality experience and most recently served as director of sales
and marketing at the Highland Dallas.
Lyles has been named director of sales and marketing at two properties
in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: the Grand Geneva Resort & Spa and the Timber
Ridge Lodge & Waterpark. He most recently served as corporate director
of sales at Marcus Hotels & Resorts in Milwaukee.
Romero has been named director of sales and marketing at the Kimpton
Hotel Zamora in St. Pete Beach, Florida. He most recently was a senior
sales executive at the Hilton/St. Petersburg Bayfront, also located in
Fabris has been named director of sales and marketing at the DoubleTree
Resort by Hilton/Myrtle Beach Oceanfront in South Carolina. Fabris most
recently served as area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels
& Resorts Worldwide, overseeing 14 properties throughout the Midwest.
Rooney has been appointed regional group sales manager at the Rancho
Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, California. Rooney previously
served as senior national sales manager for the Inn at Rancho Santa Fe,
also located in town.
241-room DoubleTree by Hilton/ Evansville has made its debut in
downtown Evansville, Indiana. In addition to having its own 12,000-square-feet
of meeting space, the hotel is connected via skybridge to the Old National
Events Plaza and the Ford Center, which together offer another 600,000-square-feet
of meeting space.
dual-branded Aloft and Element / Dallas-Love Field has opened just
south of Dallas Love Field Airport. The Aloft offers 133 guest rooms, a
24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and a keyless entry system, and the
Element offers 91 guest rooms, a complimentary “Bikes to Borrow” program
and healthy dining options. The properties share 6,500-square-feet of meeting
Westin/Dallas Park Central has completed a multimillion-dollar renovation.
The update included upgrades to all 536 guest rooms, the lobby, restaurant
and bar, fitness facilities, rooftop pool and 42,000-square-feet of meeting
470-room Washington Marriott Georgetown in Washington, D.C., has
completed a $28 million renovation. The hotel updated its 18 meeting rooms
and added three new rooms, bringing its total meeting space to 22,000-square-feet.
Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel & Executive Meeting Center has
completed a $10 million renovation, which included updates to its pool,
405 guest rooms and 17,000-square-feet of function space. It can host events
of up to 300.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley,
Arizona, has unveiled $2 million in updates, marking the culmination of
a two-year renovation project. The property offers 109 guest rooms and
event space for up to 250 people.
1,360-room Marriott Marquis/ San Diego has partnered with local
art dealer Alexander Salazar on a new art program for 2017. The hotel will
feature work by artists that will rotate every six months. The new program
complements the hotel’s recently installed artwork throughout its 280,000-square-feet
of event space, which includes a $107 million convention venue that opened
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