8 Smart Moves at Hard Rock, Paragon Events and More

Smart Moves

Shelley Williams

Hard Rock International named Williams director of global sales for meetings and events. Most recently, Williams worked as vice president of sales at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. In her more than 25 years in the industry, she’s had stints with Caesars Entertainment, Westmont Hospitality Group and University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Shelley has also been a Canadian chair member and U.S. Foundation Trustee for MPI.

Lisa Miller

Miller is general manager for One11 Hotel in New Orleans’ French Quarter; she previously worked as the property’s director of sales. Before joining One11, Miller was hotel manager and director of sales and marketing for The Old No. 77 Hotel and Chandlery in New Orleans. She’s also worked at The Ritz-Carlton properties in New Orleans, New York City and Washington, D.C. At Ritz-Carlton she earned the Top Producing Transient Revenue Excellence Award.

John Rovie

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina named Rovie director of sales and marketing, following his tenure with Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, California, where he worked in the same capacity. Rovie has worked in directorial roles for Coeur d’Alene Gold and Spa Resort in Idaho, Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Arizona and The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Bassim Ouachani and Ryan Cortese

Ouachani is general manager and Cortese is director of sales and marketing for Motto by Hilton New York City Chelsea.

Before Motto Chelsea, Ouachani worked as general manager for Arlo Soho in New York City. He’s also worked with Sofitel New York as director of front office operations, Refinery Hotel in New York City as director of operations and WestHouse Hotel New York as general manager.

Cortese worked most recently as complex director of sales for multiple properties in New York City. Before this, he was director of sales for Concord Hospitality Enterprises and complex business development manager for Interstate Hotel and Resorts.

Francesca Radabaugh, CAE

Radabaugh is chief operating officer of Paragon Events and president of the company’s association management division. She previously worked as Paragon’s vice president of operations and director of association management. Radabaugh is a recipient of MPI South Florida’s President’s Award.

Mark Vanderwielen

Vanderwielen is area general manager for The Viceroy Hotel Group’s San Francisco Urban Retreat Collection: Hotel Zetta, Hotel Zelos and Hotel Zeppelin. Vanderwielen most recently worked as vice president of hotel and property operations for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa in Atlantic City. He was also assistant general manager for 70 Park Avenue, a Kimpton Hotel (now Iberostar 70 Park Avenue), in New York City, Hotel Monaco in San Francisco, and IHG Hotels & Resorts’ San Francisco and New York City locations.

Courtney Forrester

Forrester is director of marketing for Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Most recently, Forrester founded Boston-based bakery Sweet, and launched her own marketing and public relations firm. Forrester has also worked in marketing, special events and public relations roles with PR Newswire, Winston Flowers, Boston Ballet, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and Four Seasons Hotel Boston.

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