InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco appointed Candace Palec as director of group sales. Palec has been with the brand for five years. During that time, she booked large high-tech and association groups and gained extensive experience in hotel sales. In her new role, Palec will ensure sales managers meet revenue goals, implement new strategies and oversee all aspects of group sales for two hotels under the brand.
After joining InterContinental Hotels of San Francisco four years ago, Yael Rosenwald was promoted as director of national accounts. She started as a sales manager and then became senior sales manager at the hotel group. In her previous roles, she consistently booked conference space and hotel rooms, gaining luxury hotel sales experience. Rosenwald will continue booking large association groups in the next few years as Moscone Center undergoes renovations. She will also oversee important accounts.
Solera Smith was appointed as director of convention services at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco. Smith has served the InterContinental Hotels Group for seven years and has 16 years of hospitality experience. In her new position, she will provide management and direction to convention employees and oversee business forecasting and strategy. Solera began at the hotel group as senior catering sales manager and then became associate director of catering prior to her current role.
Rob Stirling has been hired as director of sales and marketing at Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort in northern San Diego County. Following the recent rebrand of the 215-room coastal property, Stirling will oversee sales, marketing, catering and conference service activities. He will also work to strengthen group sales efforts and initiatives. Stirling comes to the resort with nearly 30 years of experience. He was previously involved in the redevelopment of The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe in California and also helped The Grand Del Mar in San Diego achieve Forbes Five Star status.
“Rob has incredible knowledge of the local market and experience working with hotels and resorts of different calibers,” said Vikram Sood, general manager of Cape Rey Carlsbad. “His expertise will be invaluable as we continue to refine the Cape Rey brand and the adventure-oriented offerings for both group and leisure travelers.”
Cahal Mowery joined JW Marriott Houston Downtown as director of group sales. He will be responsible for convention and group travel business. Formerly, he was a national account executive on the convention sales team at Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. Mowery has a degree in hotel and restaurant management from the University of Houston. He is also a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Travel Associate (CTA) and a certified sommelier. In 2014, he was named one of Connect Magazine’s 40 under 40.
“Cahal brings invaluable convention experience and expertise to our marketing and sales team,” said Natalie Wiseman, JW Marriott Houston Downtown director of sales and marketing. “His extensive knowledge will be a great asset as we work toward our goal of making the JW Marriott Houston Downtown the premier destination for group travelers.”