Going Places

September 2018

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.

September 2018

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.

September 2018

Katherine Lugar, president and CEO of American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) is departing the organization later in 2018. Lugar has accepted a new position as president and CEO of the American Beverage Association (ABA).

August 2018

Paradisus by Meliá announced the appointment of Jaime Piedras to general manager of The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real. As a long-term employee of Meliá Hotels International, Piedras’ 20 years of luxury experience will serve as a welcome wealth of knowledge for the property’s official launch.

August 2018

Hotel Crescent Court announced the appointment of Denise Mope as director of sales & marketing and Johanna Fein as director of communications to the executive team.

August 2018

Château Élan Winery & Resort announced the addition of Kevin Phenegar to its executive team as director of food and beverage. In this role, Phenegar will be responsible for all food and beverage operations including planning and implementing the menu, oversight of personnel, food production, inventory, catering and more.

August 2018

Bryan Gay was named senior vice president of sales and conventions at SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nev.

August 2018

Visit Anaheim announced the creation of a new convention sales manager position that focuses on mid-sized conventions. This addition allows the entire Visit Anaheim team to devote additional time to assist customers and fully understand their business needs.

August 2018

Teneo Hospitality Group appointed Susan Hinfey as director of sales, Western US. Hinfey will concentrate on the West Coast territory and comes to us with over 20 years of sales experience with luxury hotels.

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