The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
announced the appointment of Marion Wilson as director of sales and marketing of the 170-room resort. In her role, Wilson will oversee revenue management; group, catering and transient sales; as well as marketing initiatives for the AAA Five Diamond resort. Wilson previously served as the director of sales at Horseshoe Bar Resort in Austin, Texas, where she surpassed banquet goals by $1.4 million.
Atlantis, Paradise Island named Jim Curtis as vice president of group sales. Curtis will lead the group sales team in its efforts to exceed revenue targets and room night goals, and create long-term sales relationships. Curtis previously served as director of sales and marketing for The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida. He improved booking pace in 2016 and 2017 during a $100 million renovation. Curtis holds more than 30 years of experience in hospitality sales and marketing.
The Art, a Hotel—a 165-room property in Denver—appointed Aaron Coburn as general manager. Coburn has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, including a strong food and beverage background. Coburn will be responsible for ensuring The Art, a Hotel remains at the forefront of hospitality in downtown Denver. Prior to this role, Coburn served as a key member of the property’s opening management team.
The Art, a Hotel announced that Colin Bennett is serving as director of sales and marketing of the innovative, art-focused luxury property in Denver. Bennett previously held leadership positions at Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and JW Marriot Denver Cherry Creek, and brings 17 years of experience to his new role. Bennett will be responsible for all aspects of hotel sales and marketing strategies.
The Resort at Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, announced the appointment of Jorge Villarreal as director of sales and marketing. In his role, Villarreal will oversee all hotel sales, marketing and communication initiatives. He will lead group sales strategies and implement target marketing initiatives to maximize revenue opportunities and property goals. Prior to his new role, Villarreal served as opening director of sales and marketing at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Villarreal has a comprehensive knowledge of the luxury hospitality industry with 20 years of experience in sales director and management roles.
John S. Hernstat
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa—a 500-room luxury resort in San Antonio—announced the appointment of John S. Hernstat as director of sales and marketing.Hernstat will be responsible for leading sales and marketing teams in group, leisure and business travel sales. He has spent 25 years with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts throughout eight properties in the United States, most recently at Hyatt Regency San Francisco.
GMR Marketing named Amy Zellmer as vice president of GMR Marketing’s Meetings + Incentives team. Zellmer has 25 years of meeting industry experience and is a certified meeting professional with a designation in strategic meeting management. She most recently served as senior director of operations at GMR, where she managed multiple business units in support of a national brand marketing program. Prior to GMR, Zellmer was the director of operations at BCD Meetings & Incentives.
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