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.
Visit Indy announced the hiring of Jenny Lynch as national sales manager, covering the Chicago, Wisconsin, and Minnesota markets. Her depth of industry knowledge and more than 30 years in the hospitality and convention sales industry will continue to push Indianapolis forward as a premier convention and event destination.
Destination Hotels announced the appointment of Tricia Tierney as director of events, Jennifer Garrabrant as events manager and Judith Vargas as accounting manager of the recently debuted Events at Bell Works.
As Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver celebrates its 20th anniversary, the property announced the hire of Christopher Guse as its new general manager. Guse comes to Monaco Denver from Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix where he spent the last two years serving as assistant general manager.
Kimpton Monaco Salt Lake City announced the hire of Ric Tanner as its new general manager. Tanner brings over 30 years of industry experience to the Monaco, with his most recent role serving as the regional director of sales and marketing where he oversaw and provided support for Kimpton hotels located within the Pacific Northwest, Mountain and Midwest regions.
Hilton Washington DC National Mall announced the appointments of two seasoned hospitality professionals to lead its executive team.
Visit Wichita, the CVB for the greater Wichita area, named Jessica Viramontez convention sales manager. In this role, Viramontez will build relationships with meeting planners and market Wichita as a convention and meeting destination, helping groups identify and select facilities, hotels and vendors to ensure visitors have a successful meeting experience – and also a memorable visit by enjoying the city’s museums, attractions, live shows, shopping and dining. Her focus areas include aerospace/aviation, government/military (non-reunion), environmental, engineering and scientific, legal, finance and energy.
Omni Hotels & Resorts announced the appointment of Todd Raessler as general manager of Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa, which is currently undergoing a $150 million renovation. In this new role, Raessler will oversee all operations at the transformed Texas Hill Country resort, reopening in May 2019.
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront welcomed two new members to the sales team: Josh Hoce as the associate director of sales, and Laura Gonzalez Pena as the meeting connections/business travel sales manager.