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Robert Contreras

Contreras is director of rooms for Caribe Royale Orlando. Most recently, Contreras worked with Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center as director of room operations. He has also worked as concierge, guest services manager and assistant front office manager for New York Marriott Marquis and director of restaurants for Bridgewater Marriott in New Jersey.

Nate Hardesty

Hardesty is managing director for Thompson Austin and Tommie Austin in Texas. Hardesty previously worked as general manager for Andaz West Hollywood in California. He’s also worked as regional vice president of sales for Hyatt Hotels, as well as Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, Grand Hyatt Denver, Hyatt Regency Orlando and Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada.

Mary Rogers

Rogers is general manager for Montage Laguna Beach in California. She most recently worked with Fontainebleau Miami Beach as general manager; before that, she worked in leadership roles with The Ritz-Carlton Resorts, including The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada, as executive assistant manager, rooms division; and The Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica, as director of meetings and special events.

Ryan Parker

The Shay in Los Angeles named Parker general manager. Parker’s hospitality experience includes stints with properties all along California’s coast, including serving on the board of directors of Visit Santa Barbara and Hospitality Santa Barbara in California, working with Huntington Hotel in San Francisco and Canary Hotel in Santa Barbara as general manager.

Ron Price

Price is CEO of Visit Phoenix. He was most recently CEO of Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau in Texas and currently serves on the board of directors and executive committee for U.S. Travel Association. Price previously served on the board of directors for Destinations International and as an executive committee member of Texas Tourism Association.

Darin Riggio

Riggio is director of sales and marketing for Innisbrook, A Salamander Resort, in Tampa Bay, Florida. Before joining Innisbrook, Riggio was resort sales director for Disney Meetings & Events in Florida. He’s also worked for other Florida-based hotels, including Reunion Resort in Kissimmee, PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fontainebleau Miami Beach and Hyatt Regency Coral Gables.

Bill Hanley

Hanley is area director of sales and marketing for George Hotel and Hotel Monaco DC. Hanley recently worked as director of sales and marketing for Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills; before this, he served as Sofitel LA’s director of catering. He’s also spent time at Sofitel Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., where he worked as associate director of sales and director of group sales; The Ritz-Carlton, Naples as national sales director; and La Playa Beach and Golf Resort in Naples, Florida.

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