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Smart Moves June 14

4 Smart Moves at Hyatt, Hotel Ivy and More

Appointments & PromotionsMeeting Planning

Dana Orlando  Wischermann Partners appointed Dana Orlando as general manager of Hotel Ivy, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Orlando will lead the operation of the historic downtown hotel located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her previous roles include director of sales group and catering at The Ritz-Carlton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and hotel manager at Waldorf Astoria in Park City, Utah. She…

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meetings industry

10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: August 16, 2016

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Cindy Hart Cindy Hart joined Hotel Boulderado in Boulder, Colorado, as director of sales and marketing. She has been a development leader in the hotel sales industry for more than 20 years, most recently as director of sales for Saratoga Resort and Spa in Wyoming. She previously served on the opening team in the same…

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10 Smart Moves: New Appointments at The Chattanoogan, Celebrity Cruises and More

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Michele Kephart Michele Kephart was introduced as sales manager for The Chattanoogan, a Benchmark Hotel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Kephart is responsible for group and day meeting experiences at the IACC-certified property. Most recently, she served as director of marketing for Bluff View Art District in Chattanooga. She has also managed her own full-service advertising and…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: April 18, 2016

Appointments & PromotionsHotels & Resorts

Kelly Steward  The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage announced Kelly Steward as general manager of the hotel, located in Rancho Mirage, California. A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Steward will lead brand growth strategy while overseeing all hotel operations. She began her career with The Ritz-Carlton, serving as guest services manager at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples in…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: March 18, 2016

Appointments & PromotionsHotels & Resorts

Melissa Farrar Fairmont San Francisco appointed Melissa Farrar as director of marketing communications. Farrar previously served as the hotel’s public relations director, and returns from her most recent position as senior account executive at The OutCast Agency. In her current role, she oversees marketing and communications at Fairmont San Francisco, leveraging advertising and marketing programs…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: March 10, 2016

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Josh Heidenreich Omni Fort Worth Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas, welcomes Josh Heidenreich as area managing director and general manager, where he will manage sales, marketing, food and beverage and operational efforts for the hotel. He will also oversee New Orleans properties, including Omni Royal Orleans, Omni Royal Crescent Hotel and Omni Riverfront Hotel. He…

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10 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: February 2016

Appointments & PromotionsCareerMeeting Planning

Shirley Dunn Hanks Auberge Resorts Collection appointed Shirley Dunn Hanks as director of sales and marketing for new resort Vievage Los Cabos in Los Cabos, Mexico. The beachfront hotel and villa resort is slated to open later this year. She will oversee all marketing, communications and sales for the 22-acre resort. Prior to her new…

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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Promotion at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Appointments & PromotionsCVBsInfluential Women SpotlightMeeting Planning

Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), one of the top destination management organizations in the United states, is off to a running start in the new year with Julie Coker Graham at the helm. Coker Graham assumed her new position in January, succeeding former President and CEO Jack Ferguson. “Julie Coker Graham is a talented,…

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