Going Places

Ahead of IMEX America 2019, Meetings Today content developer Kate Cripe got a sneak peek of the $375 million Caesars Forum. During a hard hat tour, she got a first hand look at how the conference center project, which is expected to open in March 2020, is progressing.

Meet AC President and CEO Jim Wood is stepping down as leader of the DMO at the end of 2019 to take care of his wife, who suffered a severe fall earlier this year. Meet AC’s Board of Directors will institute a nationwide search for a replacement.

The International Exposition (I-X) Center announced Lisa Reau has been appointed to director of business development and events. In this position, Reau will be responsible for all sales initiatives while developing business relationships that drive growth and maximize all revenue streams.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa welcomed two new additions to the executive team with the appointment of Carlos Morales as general manager and Alex Robinson as executive chef.

Hyatt Regency Austin named Jeff Ouradnik as director of sales and marketing. Ouradnik joined the property from Hyatt Regency Lake Washington in the Seattle area.

The Elizabeth Hotel announced Dragan Andrejic as the hotel’s new general manager. In this position, Andrejic is responsible for all aspects of the hotel’s day-to-day operations, long term success of the hotel, creating a successful, creative environment for all his team members and ensuring a superior guest experience.

The InterContinental Mark Hopkins announced Michael Pace as the hotel’s new General Manager. Pace was previously area general manager for Sonesta Hotels, based at The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel, San Francisco.

Bahia Resort Hotel, located in San Diego’s coastal Mission Bay neighborhood, announced Jim Chester as its new general manager. Previously serving as the company’s director of food and beverage for nearly a decade, Chester will now oversee daily operations for the 313-room bayside resort in his new role.

Robert Murdock is the new president of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB), the state’s official meetings and sports event sales and marketing organization. On January 1, 2019, Murdock stepped into his new job upon the retirement of longtime industry leader H. Scott Phelps, who steered the CTCSB since 2014.

Orlando World Center Marriott announced the appointment of Robert Bray as general manager. In this position, he will oversee all operational aspects of the 2,009-room property, including everything from financial performance and the guest experience to food and beverage, while maximizing revenue and maintaining focus on strategic goals.

Following an extensive national search, the board of directors for the Norfolk Convention and Visitors Bureau (VisitNorfolk) has named Kurt J. Krause as president and chief executive officer of the organization, effective January 7, 2019.

Endeavor Hospitality Group announced today the appointment of Shannon Colbert as vice president of sales and marketing. Colbert joined the team in early 2018 and is accountable for all areas of sales, marketing, revenue generation and revenue management for the hospitality group and its properties. She is based out of the company’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce hired Bob Harris as its new executive vice president of sales. Harris brings significant CVB sales and marketing experience to the Myrtle Beach area. He currently serves as senior vice president of tourism at the Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance.

Meliá Hotels International announced Nashelly Tapia as the new director of sales and marketing of Meliá Nassau Beach – All Inclusive. In her new role, she will be responsible for increasing the property’s visibility within various marketing channels and driving the hotel’s sales goals.

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