People & Places Presented
By Association News (June 2017)
Angeles, CA – June 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.
Bayes has been named vice-president of the San Angelo (Texas) Convention
& Visitors Bureau. She most recently served as senior vice-president
of membership services at the Texas Travel Industry Association.
Jimenez has been appointed executive director of tourism sales at the
Reno-Sparks (Nevada) Convention & Visitors Authority. With more than
30 years of experience in tourism sales and marketing, Jimenez most recently
served as vice-president of marketing for the Travel Leaders Group. He
also spent more than 17 years at the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors
Authority in multiple leadership roles.
Swadish has been named director of marketing at Visit Phoenix. Swadish
previously worked with Hilton and Waldorf Astoria properties, most recently
at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix as marketing and public relations manager.
Vance has been named director of sales at the Lee County (Florida)
Visitor & Convention Bureau. Vance most recently served as group sales
manager at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Cape Coral,
Florida. Prior to that, she served as director of sales and marketing for
the Wyndham/Cleveland at Playhouse Square.
Talbert has been hired as associate director of sales at the Oklahoma
City Convention & Visitors Bureau. Talbert previously held several
sales roles at Visit Wichita (Kansas) and served the Mid-Atlantic market
at the Nashville (Tennessee) Convention & Visitors Corp.
Milwaukee recently made several staff promotions. Marissa Werner
has been promoted to senior sports and entertainment sales manager, Lauren
Hyps is now senior convention sales manager, and Michelle Haider
has been appointed senior meeting and event-services manager. Werner was
formerly the organization’s sports and entertainment sales manager. She
also served as an account executive with the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. Hyps
has been with Visit Milwaukee since 2008 and previously worked at the Hyatt
Regency/Milwaukee and the Pfister Hotel, also in Milwaukee. Haider most
recently served as Visit Milwaukee’s convention services manager.
Davis has been appointed executive director of sales administration
at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Virginia. Davis has experience
working in sales at the Willard InterContinental Washington, D.C., and
as national account director for Salamander Hotels & Resorts.
Tauscher has been named general manager of the Sofitel/New York in
New York City. Tauscher has held several roles at New York City properties
including general manager and area vice-president of the Mandarin Oriental
and hotel manager of the Peninsula.
Jacobs has been appointed general manager of the Hyatt Regency Lost
Pines Resort & Spa near Austin, Texas. Jacobs previously was general
manager of the Hyatt Regency/O’Hare in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont.
Kucuk has been named general manager of the Camby Hotel in Phoenix.
Kucuk has served in various leadership positions across the country, most
recently as general manager of the Hotel Lincoln in Chicago.
Mathews has been appointed hotel manager of the Marriott/Syracuse Downtown
in Syracuse, New York. He most recently served as director of operations
at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
Neubauer has been appointed director of sales and marketing at the
Hilton Marco Island Beach Resort & Spa in Marco Island, Florida. Neubauer
previously served as the director of national accounts for the Naples Grande
Beach Resort in Naples, Florida.
Bonner has been named director of sales and marketing for Rosewood
London by Rosewood Hotels & Resorts. Bonner has more than 23 years
of experience in the luxury hospitality industry and most recently served
as vice-president of global marketing for One & Only Resorts in Dubai.
Smith has been hired as director of sales and marketing at the Westin/Jackson,
which is scheduled to open later this summer in Jackson, Mississippi. Smith
most recently served as director of human resources for Fusion Hospitality
and as area director of sales for the Peachtree Hotel Group.
Arrivillaga has been named director of sales and marketing at the Island
Hotel in Newport Beach, California. Arrivillaga most recently served as
associate director of group sales at the Montage/Deer Valley in Park City,
Utah. He also previously held various sales positions at properties including
the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa in Dana Point, California,
and the Paradise Point Resort & Spa in San Diego.
Gonzalez has been hired as Rosewood Hotels & Resorts’ regional
director of sales and marketing for the Mexico region. Gonzalez most recently
served as director of sales and marketing at the Four Seasons Resort The
Biltmore Santa Barbara in Southern California.
21c Museum Hotel Nashville has opened in downtown Nashville, Tennessee’s
historic Gray & Dudley building. The 124-room hotel features curated
exhibitions and cultural programming, a spa and more than 10,500-square-feet
of function space.
Limelight Hotel Ketchum recently opened in Ketchum, Idaho, near
the Sun Valley mountain resort. The 99-room boutique hotel provides 4,000-square-feet
of meeting space.
Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, has completed a $100
million renovation, which added 10 new culinary concepts and updated guest
rooms and indoor and outdoor public spaces. The resort now features 1,000
guest rooms and 209,000-square-feet of meeting space.
Talbott Hotel in Chicago has reopened following a $20 million renovation
that included an update of guest rooms and public areas and the addition
of a fitness center and restaurant. The property now offers 178 guest rooms
and 1,500-square-feet of meeting space.
264-room Hotel Palomar/Los Angeles–Beverly Hills has completed a
$12 million, property-wide renovation. New features include a game room,
a new restaurant and more than 5,000-square-feet of meeting space.
2,267-room Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena
Vista, Florida, has completed a $5 million renovation of its 329,000-square-feet
of meeting space. In addition, the Dolphin Resort guest rooms and lobby
are undergoing a renovation scheduled to be completed this fall.
Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida, has completed a $2
million renovation of its public spaces. Updates were made to the Vista
Ballroom, lobby lounge and Spressi coffee bar. The resort features 474
guest rooms and more than 83,000-square-feet of meeting and event space.
Del Mar in San Diego’s North County has completed a renovation of its
121 guest rooms, public areas and more than 10,000-square-feet of meeting
space. The hotel also offers a 5,000-square-foot spa, tennis courts and
several food and beverage options.
Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, has completed
a multi-phase renovation, which included an update of the property’s exterior
and its food and beverage offerings. The hotel offers 62 redesigned guest
rooms and 9,000-square-feet of event space.
newly rebranded Hyatt Centric/Times Square New York recently completed
a renovation that included updates to its second-floor meeting space and
terrace and its rooftop lounge. The property offers 487 guest rooms, a
reimagined restaurant and 7,000-square-feet of meeting space.
1,996-room Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National
Harbor, Maryland, recently unveiled a new waterfront venue: the RiverView
Ballroom, which has 16,000-square-feet of meeting space as well as two
outdoor terraces totaling more than 10,000-square-feet of space. Gaylord
National is now home to five ballrooms and more than 600,000-square-feet
of meeting space.
Crystal Ballroom at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto has reopened
following a $6.5 million restoration. Closed for nearly 40 years, the 5,000-square-foot
ballroom can accommodate groups of up to 300 people. The Omni King Edward
Hotel features a total of 301 guest rooms and more than 22,000-square-feet
of meeting space.
kick off its 25th anniversary, the Sheraton Grand/Chicago recently
hosted a special dinner to celebrate its most important attribute: its
staff. 54 staff associates have been with the hotel since its opening year,
some even since its opening day. Each person was recognized individually
for his or her contributions at the event.
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