Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau welcomed Melissa Richter-Piraino to the post of national sales manager in the convention sales division. She’ll focus on booking meetings for Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland-based associations. Richter-Piraino most recently worked as sales manager for group meetings and events at the Westin New York at Times Square. Before that, she spent time at W New York Downtown and Starwood Global Sales.
Rosewood Miramar Beach Montecito has named Jared Mintz director of group sales. The new Santa Barbara resort will open Summer 2018 and have 12,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor meeting space. Previously, Mintz has worked at the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and various Four Seasons properties.
Kathleen Robb Kostka
Kimpton Nine Zero Hotel in Boston appointed Kathleen Robb Kostka director of sales and marketing. She’ll oversee sales planning for group, catering and banquets and help the revenue team meet sales goals. During her 25 years in the hotel industry, she’s been director of business and leisure travel at the Boston Harbor Hotel and has also worked at XV Beacon Hotel and The Ritz-Carlton, Boston. Kostka serves on the Board of Directors of New England Business Travel Association.
Mark Krtek has joined Hotel Phillips Kansas City, Curio Collection by Hilton as general manager. He’s well versed in the Midwest, having worked at Hilton Kansas City Airport and Doubletree Guest Suites in Omaha. Krtek is a board member of the Missouri Hotel & Lodging Association. He was awarded 2017 Hotelier of the Year by the Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Kansas City, an organization for which he also serves as president.
The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village in Southwest Florida announced Kristen Goodnow as its new group sales manager. She’ll assist in booking events at the property’s upcoming conference center, which is due to be complete early next year. Goodnow has previously worked at Sanibel Harbour Marriott Resort & Spa, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau in Rhode Island, Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau.