People & Places Presented
By Association News (May 2017)
Angeles, CA – May 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.
Humason has been appointed executive director of the Mendocino County
(California) Tourism Commission. Humason has more than 15 years of experience
in marketing and communications, and most recently served as executive
director of the Yolo County (California) Visitors Bureau.
Laatsch has been named chief operating officer of the Cincinnati USA
Convention & Visitors Bureau. In this newly created position, Laatsch
will oversee day-to-day operations. He most recently served as vice-president
of public relations and corporate communications for the Western &
Southern Financial Group.
(Mikey) Tinor has been appointed national sales director of VisitPittsburgh.
She previously worked for 10 years in pharmaceutical sales for Pfizer Inc.
Tinor also owns and operates an online web show that spotlights leaders,
innovators and small business owners in the Greater Pittsburgh area.
Walker has been named national account manager at Visit KC (Missouri).
He will be based in Washington, D.C., and work in the large-meeting segment.
Walker recently served as national sales manager for the Memphis (Tennessee)
Convention & Visitors Bureau for nearly nine years.
Barth has been named national sales manager at Visit Indy. Barth previously
worked for the organization as sales manager in the Washington, D.C., market
before leaving for his most recent position as a global account executive
for ConferenceDirect in Los Angeles.
Dolan has been appointed director of citywide sales at the Atlanta
Convention & Visitors Bureau. He previously served as market sales
leader for Marriott International.
Laursen has been promoted to director of sales and industry partners
at TravelNevada in Carson City. She previously served as the organization’s
Caldwell, CEO of Omni Hotels & Resorts, also recently assumed the
role of president. Caldwell will continue establishing the vision for the
brand while overseeing all operational areas. Caldwell has served as CEO
of Omni Hotels & Resorts for the last 13 years.
Wyndham Hotel Group recently promoted Barry Goldstein from chief
digital and distribution officer to chief marketing officer. Prior to joining
Wyndham, Goldstein served as chief revenue officer for Dolce Hotels &
Resorts (which was later acquired by Wyndham).
Jokovich has been appointed area vice-president and general manager
of the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort in Hawaii. Jokovich most recently served
as area vice-president and general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines
Resort & Spa near Austin, Texas.
Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island, has appointed Lani Shufelt
as general manager and chief operating officer and Cherie’lin Toporowski
as director of sales and marketing. Shufelt most recently served as the
hotel’s marketing manager. Toporowski most recently served as program manager
with Newport Hospitality, a destination management company in Rhode Island.
Michael Williams has been named managing director of Innisbrook–a Salamander
Golf & Spa Resort in Palm Harbor, Florida. Most recently, Williams
was executive vice-president for operations and sales at Crescent Hotels
& Resorts, but he also previously worked at Innisbrook as director
of sales and marketing.
Hotel Californian, scheduled to open this summer in Santa Barbara, California,
has named Carlos Lopes as managing director and Warren Nocon
as general manager. Lopes previously was managing director and vice-president
of the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles and executive vice-president of Rock
Resorts. Nocon has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, most recently
serving as general manager of the Colony Palms Hotel in Palm Springs, California,
and the Ambrose Hotel in Santa Monica, California.
Dwyer has been named general manager of the New York Hilton Midtown
in New York City. Dwyer most recently served as hotel manager and executive
director of the Waldorf Towers in New York City.
Trevenen has been named general manager of the Keswick Hall & Golf
Club in Keswick, Virginia. He most recently served as general manager of
Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, New York.
Miller has been appointed general manager of the Curtis, a DoubleTree
by Hilton in downtown Denver. She most recently served as general manager
of the Westin/Westminster in Colorado.
Chan has been named director of sales and marketing at Rosewood Tucker’s
Point in Bermuda. Chan has more than 20 years of experience in the luxury
hospitality industry and most recently served as director of sales at the
Belle Mont Farm on Kittitian Hill in St. Kitts.
Beja-McLennan has been hired as director of sales and marketing at
the Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Rio Grande, Puerto
Rico. She most recently served as director of sales and marketing at the
Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.
Doughty has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the Adolphus
Hotel in Dallas. She most recently served as vice-president of sales and
marketing for Remington Hotels’ independent luxury division, overseeing
12 properties across the country.
Becque has been named director of sales and marketing at the Marriott/Syracuse
Downtown in New York. Most recently, Becque served as director of sales
and marketing for the Hilton/Hasbrouck Heights-Meadowlands in New Jersey.
Pascual has been appointed director of marketing at Motif Seattle,
a Destination Hotel. Pascual most recently served as associate director
of marketing for the Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, California.
Kotas has been named director of sales at the US Grant hotel in San
Diego. Kotas most recently served as director of sales at the nearby Westin/
Stella Hotel has opened in Bryan-College Station, Texas, steps from
Lake Atlas. It offers 176 guest rooms, an on-site restaurant and more than
20,000-square-feet of meeting and event space, which includes a grand ballroom
and an outdoor lawn.
Landing Resort at Poipu, on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, recently
completed a multiyear, $120 million dollar expansion. The property, now
part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, offers more than 300 guest villas
and studios, a 400,000-gallon saltwater pool, various waterfalls, a restaurant
and more than 17,000-square-feet of event space that can host groups of
up to 800.
Honolulu, the Prince Waikiki (formerly the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
& Golf Club) has completed a $55.4 million renovation. Prince Waikiki
now offers 563 redesigned guest rooms, updated dining options, a modernized
lobby, a new infinity pool and more than 22,000-square-feet of enhanced
Fairmont Chateau Whistler in British Columbia has completed a fiveyear,
$23 million renovation, which updated its guest rooms, health and pool
complex and 32,000-square-feet of meeting space. The property also unveiled
11 new, 600-square-foot suites, located on the highest floors of the property,
increasing its total room count to 550.
Indianapolis Marriott North has completed a $15 million renovation
that expanded its grand lobby and updated all 315 guest rooms and 20,000-square-feet
of function space. Its in-house restaurant, Bistro 33, features a reimagined
menu and new furnishings.
Monterey Tides in Monterey, California, has completed a $12 million
renovation and repositioning. The Joie de Vivre beachfront property is
home to 196 guest rooms; a renovated, heated pool; a signature restaurant
offering a new menu; and more than 9,000-square-feet of meeting space.
Sheraton/Silver Spring in Maryland recently unveiled a $7.5 million
renovation. Upgrades have been made to public spaces, its 18,000-square-feet
of meeting space and 229 guest rooms. The property also now offers a fully
licensed Starbucks and enhanced Wi-Fi.
Hilton/Oakland Airport in Northern California has completed a $7
million renovation, which included a redesign to its 360 guest rooms. The
hotel provides 16,000-square-feet of event space.
Hilton/New Orleans–Riverside, located adjacent to the Ernest N.
Morial Convention Center, has completed a $6 million renovation of its
Grand Ballroom, Grand Salon and first- and second- level meeting spaces.
In total, the 1,622-room hotel offers more than 130,000-square-feet of
Trauma, Critical Care & Acute Care Surgery Conference recently
celebrated its 50th anniversary at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
It is the property’s longest-running conference, held there since 1967.
Programming included a reception in the Forum Tower Penthouse and dinner
at Restaurant Guy Savoy.
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