Smart Moves: September 2015

Christie Evanssmart moves

Embassy Suites Mandalay Beach Hotel & Resort in Oxnard, California, promoted Christie Evans as director of sales and marketing. Evans became a manager of the property in 2007 and received Hilton’s “Circle of Excellence for Business Travel Sales” in 2011. She has more than 15 years of hospitality experience.

 

 


Dan Determansmart moves

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel in Orlando, Florida, welcomed Dan Determan as group sales account director, where he will supervise accounts in the Midwest market. Determan was previously senior sales executive at Orlando World Center Marriott. He has also held managerial positions at Chicago-area hotels.

 


Justin Pagesmart moves

Justin Page was named director of sales at Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau. He manages in-house and small-meeting sales teams. Page has 14 years of experience in Atlanta, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., convention markets. Before joining ACVB, he was senior sales manager for Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

 

 


Erin Dawsonsmart moves

Erin Dawson has been promoted to director of sales at Calgary Telus Convention Centre in Alberta, Canada. Dawson provides leadership for the Canadian association market. She has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience working for Delta Hotels and Resorts, Hyatt Regency Calgary and Hotel Arts.

 

 


Eron Hodgessmart moves

Andaz Napa appointed Eron Hodges as general manager of the 141-room hotel. Hodges spent 16 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, including a recent stint at Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa as director of rooms. In 2000, he was named manager of the year by Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego.

 

 


Christopher Bondsmart moves

Christopher Bond has been named vice president of sales at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas. He was VP of sales, executive director of sales and director of leisure sales at New York–New York Hotel & Casino since 2004. Bond is a certified meeting professional and a certified hospitality sales executive.

 

 


Career Tips:

A typical job interview can seem like a one-sided question-and-answer session. But candidates should also determine if the company is a good fit for them. Lifehacker.com offers five ways to make an interview more of a conversation than an interrogation.

1. Prepare for the questions you will be asked, but don’t overdo it. Practice enough to build confidence, not arrogance.
2. Take your turn to ask questions. Find out exactly how your skills will be used, and express your interest at the same time.
3. Leave knowing what the manager wants, what the team is like, which tools you would use and what your workday would be like.
4. Answer tough questions honestly. Hiring managers don’t want to hear that your greatest weakness is that you’re a perfectionist or a workaholic.
5. Be genuine throughout the interview process. Otherwise, if you accept the job, you may not feel like you can be yourself.

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