Going Places

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.

Visit Bellevue Washington announced the appointment of Brad Jones as executive director. In this new role, Jones will oversee the organization and its promotion of the city’s growing travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB) announced that Mike Jackson has been appointed as its new senior director, group sales. In this role, he will work to increase hotel room night production, as part of the organization’s group sales and destination services team. He will also take a leadership role in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Convention Center, “Boca-wide” events and hotel community partners to achieve more destination-wide bookings.

Wingspread Retreat & Executive Conference Center appointed Becky Melchi, CMP, as director of sales. The landmark Frank Lloyd Wright property is part of the Benchmark brand.

Mission Inn Resort & Club appointed three new national sales managers who add valuable experience to the resort’s team.

Château Élan Winery & Resort announced Ed Walls as general manager. In this role, Walls will be responsible for managing the resort’s day-to-day success, overseeing all operational aspects, including everything from sales and marketing to food and beverage, while maximizing company revenue.

The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa announced Timothy Wolfe as complex general manager of the 241-room landmark and the adjacent 231-room Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown, part of The Brown Palace hotel complex.

Dan Dolan was named director of sales & marketing for The Abbey Resort and Avani Spa. The Benchmark Resorts & Hotels property is located in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) promoted Andrea Cadotto and Sheila R. Neal, CASE to the newly created roles of associate directors of sales. Both will continue their sales responsibilities and now also lead a team of sales managers and coordinators.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Los Angeles – Beverly Hills announced the appointment of Marco Scherer as general manager of the 264-room boutique hotel and director of operations Los Angeles and Janice Tugaoen as area director of sales & marketing.

Johanna Philipps has been named director of sales and marketing at Rosewood Sand Hill. In this role, she will develop and implement innovative sales and marketing strategies for the 121-room property.

The Miami Beach Convention Center, which is at the tail-end of a $620 million renovation and expansion, named Freddie Peterson as its new general manager. Peterson, who recently concluded a two-decade tenure leading the highly successful Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA), will take the helm in Miami Beach to oversee day-to-day operations at the center.

The Elizabeth Hotel, Autograph Collection announced the addition of Amy Kerchof, CMP, to its sales team. As senior sales manager, she will manage the group and meetings segments, where she will actively sell the hotel as a meetings destination and help coordinate events from start to finish.

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