AHC & Hospitality named Randi Talmage sales manager of JW Marriott Grand Rapids in Michigan. She joined AHC & Hospitality in 2006 as a concierge for Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. She then moved into convention services, where she served as assistant director. In her new role, Talmage will work with the hotel team to visit clients, set up calls with perspective groups and build relationships with local businesses.
Oliver Bonke was named president and chief operating officer of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. He will be responsible for the group’s executive vice presidents and the operational division heads of food and beverage, sales, marketing, rooms, engineering, security and quality improvement. Bonke has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and previously served as chief commercial officer at Loews Hotels & Co.
Benchmark Resorts & Hotels hired Robert Burnetti as general manager of Topnotch Resort in Stowe, Vermont. He previously served as general manager of Hotel Viking in Newport, Rhode Island, and has 30 years of experience in the industry. He has served in general manager roles at Interstate Hotels Corporation and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Burnetti received his education from Mansfield University in Pennsylvania.
Lucy Martin was appointed as general manager of The Celino South Beach, a 132-guestroom hotel in Miami Beach that is debuting in the fall. She has already assumed her new position and oversees all aspects of the hotel’s operations. Martin has been curating the identity of the hotel through design, fashion, art and wellness collaborations and partnerships. Previously, she served as general manager at Shore Club in South Beach and was a part of the pre-opening team for 1 Hotel South Beach.
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau hired Jeff Simic as national sales manager. He will focus on meetings involving business trade associations, engineering, science, the environment, and medical and pharmaceutical matters. He will be responsible for attracting groups of more than 250 to Cincinnati and enhancing the region’s reputation as a top national meetings destination. Simic has previously served in roles at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, W Hotel in Washington, D.C., the Mid-Atlantic metro market and Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner in Virginia.
Cincinnati USA Convention & Visitors Bureau named John Browarsky director of convention strategy. For the past 16 years, he has worked in revenue management and will continue to do so in his new role. He will work with the region’s hotels and convention facilities to optimize room-night production of group business. Browarsky previously served as director of revenue management for The Westin Cincinnati. He is an active member in multiple meeting and hospitality organizations, including Certified Revenue Management Executive, Certified Tourism Ambassador and Destination Marketing Association International.
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