8 Smart Moves in the Meetings Industry: July 15, 2015

Kevin Kellysmart moves

Kevin Kelly was promoted as general manager of the The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. The 261-room luxury resort in Northern California continues Kelly’s tenure with Ritz-Carlton. Previously he was general manager at The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach and Bal Harbour hotels. Kelly has more than 25 years of hospitality experience. He joined the London Marriott-Grosvenor in 1999, and was eventually named as general manager of the year for the Europe region.
 


Mark Jenningssmart moves

Destination Hotels announced Mark Jennings as its new senior vice president of operations in the east region. Jennings has a strong background serving hotels on the East Coast. He spent more than 20 years with Hyatt Hotels, including Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md. as general manager. Jennings also oversaw properties under Kimpton Hotels, and was named “outstanding general manager of the year” during his tenure. Jennings serves on multiple boards, including executive and convention committees of Destination D.C.
 


Lorraine Howertonsmart moves

U.S. Travel added Lorrainne Howerton to its public affairs department as senior director of government relations. Howerton will focus on federal aviation policy, airport financing and Transportation Security Administration (TSA). She brings more than 25 years of experience working on federal and state legislative public policy issues. Her background includes the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Airlines for America, U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. House of Representatives.

“As U.S. Travel pursues a national aviation agenda that is pro-competition, pro-growth and pro-traveler, Lorraine is singularly well-equipped to advance those ideals with key policymakers,” says Roger Dow, U.S. Travel Association president and CEO.


Christopher Bondsmart moves

The Mirage Hotel and Casino promoted Christopher Bond as vice president of sales. He will be responsible for strategic development and administration of convention sales, services and leisure sales teams. Bond joined Mirage as leisure sales manager, and then manager of travel industry sales. Most recently, he was vice president of sales for New York—New York Hotel & Casino, where he oversaw an expansion and remodel of convention space.

Bond has received numerous industry awards and is a certified meeting professional (CMP) and a certified hospitality sales executive (CHSE). He also graduated from the international diversity champion workshop and international leadership institute under MGM Resorts.


Anna Marie Presuttismart moves

Anna Marie Presutti was welcomed as the first female member of JAL Hotel Company’s board of corporate executive officers. Presutti is also the first female vice president and general manager of Hotel Nikko San Francisco, where she heads community involvement. She launched a number of fund-matching campaigns for various relief efforts, including Red Cross Fund for the Tsunami and breast cancer awareness campaigns.

Presutti has nearly 30 years of experience, which includes positions at Hilton Hotels, Sunstone Hotel Properties and Kimpton Hotels. She was a recent recipient of the 2015 Peter Goldman Award of Excellence. Presutti also serves on various hotel and meetings industry associations. She is the incoming chairman on the San Francisco Travel Association board and serves on the Foster Farms Bowl board.


Steven Janiceksmart moves

Steven Janicek was named as general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek Mountain. He will oversee daily resort operations, including food and beverage, rooms and sales and marketing divisions. Janicek’s career spans more than 28 years. Most recently, he was general manager of The Ritz-Carlton, Denver, an AAA Five Diamond property. Janicek was also general manager of The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Vail Valley and held various director-level sales positions at The Ritz-Carlton, Aspen.

“I am thrilled to return to the beautiful Rocky Mountains and to call The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch my new home.” Janicek said. “The physical property is without a doubt outstanding, but more so are the ladies and gentlemen who are truly committed to providing world-class service to our guests while creating memorable experiences.”


Misty Johantgensmart moves

Experience Kissimmee has named Misty Johantgen as chief operating officer. She manages daily operations of the Central Florida tourism bureau, which is transitioning from a public organization to a public-private partnership. Johantgen is a hospitality veteran with more than 20 years of experience. She was most recently senior vice president of member relations and support services for Visit Orlando. In her previous role, she oversaw sales, service, retention efforts and advertising sales. Johantgen is an active member of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).

“Misty brings a wealth of experience and tourism insight which will greatly enhance our efforts,” says DT Minich, Experience Kissimmee president and CEO.  “In addition to the daily operations, I’ll rely on her to play a principal role in partner relations, as well as in developing our strategic plan and gaining DMAI accreditation.  These are key imperatives for us in our evolution as a privately run organization.”


John Lombardosmart moves

John Lombardo is the new general manager of Saybrook Point Inn & Spa, an 82-room AAA Four Diamond property in Conn. He will be responsible for daily operations, sales, marketing and hotel employees. Lombardo has more than 35 years of management experience. He most recently served as managing partner of Branches Catering, and before that was general manager of Alameda Plaza Hotel in Kansas City, Mo. Lombardo has also been involved in wine education for 35 years.

“Throughout my career, my philosophy has always been based around solid teamwork and attention to detail,” said Lombardo.  “I truly believe that, collectively, the entire staff works in harmony to make our guests’ experiences more enjoyable and memorable. This will ultimately ensure that each and every guest truly senses that Saybrook Point is the greatest resort destination in Connecticut.”

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