Tod Chambers was appointed managing director of Waldorf Astoria Chicago and Conrad Chicago. Chambers, who has 25 years of experience with the Hilton brand, will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the luxury hotels, both located within The Magnificent Mile. Chambers most recently served as general manager of The Roosevelt New Orleans, a Waldorf Astoria Hotel. He was named General Manager of the Year for four consecutive years (2012–2015) by Hilton’s Luxury Division.
The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA) named Alexis Dinyovszky as a new member of the board of directors. Dinyovszky currently serves as the president of the board of directors for Southern Comfort (SoCo) Conference Organization and chairman of TGV Holidays, LLC, a booking agent for ocean cruises and travel. In her roles, she consults with the Broward County, Florida, personnel about travel issues regarding the transgender community. As a transgender woman, Dinyovszky is politically active in her home state of North Carolina.
The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA) announced that Richard Gray is a new member of the board of directors. Gray serves as the managing director of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau in Florida. The award-winning travel and meeting planner professional has worked to help welcome more than 1.5 million LGBT travelers to South Florida. Gray is an active board member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.
Newly rebranded Visit Albuquerque (formally Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau) in New Mexico hired Kristen McGrath as the vice president of convention sales, services and sports. McGrath joined the teamed after serving as vice president of sales and services for Richmond Region Tourism in Virginia. McGrath also worked in multiple positions for Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau in Rhode Island. In her new role, she will oversee the sales, services and sports divisions responsible for generating leads that are then dispersed to Albuquerque’s hotels, Albuquerque Convention Center, and event and sports facilities in the area.
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, California, announced the appointment of Dustin Irwin as director of golf operations. A 25-year veteran of the golf industry, Irwin will oversee the golf-related programs and the two 18-hole golf courses and staff. Irwin previously held the position of director of golf and membership at Turnberry Isle Miami resort. Irwin’s diverse background includes senior leadership positions in golf operations, sales, marketing, training, golf course maintenance, golf course construction and facility operations.
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