7 Smart Moves at Virgin Hotels, Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland and More

Cathy Doyle

Doyle will serve as director of sales for Hotel Vin in Grapevine, Texas, when the property opens this summer. She has held various leadership roles in sales, catering, event management, and event and convention services. Before Doyle joined the Hotel Vin team, she was national account and conference services manager for The Adolphus in Dallas. She’s served in plenty of sales positions, including senior sales manager for The Westin Dallas Park Central, director of sales for Colcord Hotel in Oklahoma City and catering sales and convention services for Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center in Oklahoma.

Leslie Kaminski

Kaminski is now vice president of sales for Virgin Hotels. Before serving Virgin Hotels, Kaminski was vice president of global sales and senior director of global luxury, both for Two Road Hospitality. In addition, she served in sales for Destination Hotels, Hilton and Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas.

Shane Nicolopoulos

Nicolopoulos was named general manager of Hyatt Regency Portland at Oregon Convention Center. He most recently worked at Andaz San Diego. Nicolopoulos’ 20-year career with Hyatt has seen him in various leadership roles with properties across the Hyatt Centric, Hyatt Regency and Andaz brands.

Tiffany Owen

Owen was promoted to an area general manager role in Denver in which she’ll oversee Denver Union Station, The Crawford Hotel, The Oxford Hotel and The Oxford Club, Spa & Salon. Prior to her new position, she served as general manager for Denver Union Station and The Crawford. Owen has held various other management positions at The Oxford Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown and The Residence Inn Denver Downtown. She’s also an active member of Downtown Denver Partnership and Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce.

Kerstin Sommer-Raza

Sommer-Raza is now area director of sales and marketing for The Oxford Hotel and The Crawford Hotel after serving as director of sales and marketing at Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center. She’s served in leadership roles at Atlanta Marriott Peachtree Corners, DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Buckhead and DoubleTree by Hilton Atlanta Roswell.

Scott Lane

Lane was named general manager of Hyatt Centric Downtown Portland, set to open in Oregon in January. Prior to this, he served as regional vice president of sales for Hyatt. In addition, he’s held positions as area director of sales in Denver and San Antonio, director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt San Antonio, and director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago.

Sher Downing

Downing is the new senior sales manager for L’Auberge Del Mar in San Diego. She recently served as associate director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, also in San Diego. Before that, she was national sales manager for Estancia La Jolla. Downing also served on the sales team for Miramonte Resort in Montecito, California.

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