Smart Moves: January 2016

Anna Fortier
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JW Marriott Grand Rapids promoted Anna Fortier to director of event management, where she will develop event programing for the hotel’s group business. In 2014, she was awarded High Performer of the Year for catering and events and Leader of the Month by the hotel. Fortier began her career at JW Marriott Grand Rapids in 2010 and graduated from Grand Valley State University.



Chad Schyvincht
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Benchmark Hospitality International appointed Chad Schyvincht as global sales director of sports and entertainment. He will be based in the hospitality management company’s west coast offices in San Francisco. Prior to his new role, Schyvincht held the same title at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, where he received three national sales awards including Group Salesman of the Year in 2013.



Isa Lee

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has named Isa Lee as their new group sales account director.  She will be responsible for supervising accounts in the Southeast market. Prior to her new role, Lee—a graduate of Seattle University—has worked with Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and PGA National Resort and Spa.



Robert Enriquez

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Visit Spokane appointed Robert Enriquez as their new vice president of sales and marketing. In his new position, Robert will lead the sales and marketing departments and provide strategic input at Visit Spokane. For more than 15 years, Robert has held sales and marketing leadership positions with organizations such as Reno Tahoe and Palm Springs. Most recently, Robert worked at the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau.



Samantha Spurgeon

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A 25-year veteran of the hospitality industry, Samantha Spurgeon joins Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort as Director of Sales and Marketing. In her new role, Spurgeon is responsible for overseeing business, sales and marketing strategies. She has held positions worldwide that include Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort & Villas, W Los Angeles, St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Le Meridien Tahiti and Grosvenor House, a 5-Star iconic luxury hotel in Central London. During her time at W South Beach, Spurgeon was named one of the top 100 sales leaders in 2013.


George Herrera

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Visit Phoenix has named George Herrera as tourism manager, responsible for Domestic and Canadian markets for travel trade. Beginning his hospitality career in Phoenix, he brings over 10 years of experience in the industry working for Hilton’s Waldorf Astoria Collection, Salt-River Pima Maricopa owned and operated Hotel & Casino, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts before joining Visit Phoenix.



Christopher Watson

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Hyatt Regency Atlanta appointed Christopher Watson their new director of sales and marketing.  Watson previously served as director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency Dallas, where he led his sales team to win Hyatt Corp.’s “Sales Team of the Year” award in 2013. He also worked for Hyatt Regency Louisville, under the same role, where he led his team through a successful multimillion dollar transformation. Under his leadership, Hyatt Regency Louisville’s sales team was named “Sales Team of the Year” in 2011.



Jeffrey Musumano

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Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s (CTCSB) Director of Sales Jeffrey Munumano was elected to the 2016 Board of Directors of the New York chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (NYPCMA). Jeffrey has 20 years of sales management experience that includes the Homewood Suites Farmington in Farmington, Connecticut, the Marriott Hartford Downtown, the Crowne Plaza Cromwell, the Hilton Hartford Hotel, and the former Hastings Hotel in Hartford. Musumano was recently honored with NYPCMA’s “2015 Supplier of the Year Award.”


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