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Drew Berry

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Berry is general manager for The Portofino Hotel & Marina in Redondo Beach, California. Berry comes from Mosaic Hotel and Maison 140, both in Beverly Hills, California, where he worked as general manager. Berry has also worked in leading hospitality roles at Le Meridien in Santa Monica, Jamaica Bay Inn in Marina Del Rey and Cambria Hotel & Suites LAX in El Segundo, all in California.

Juan Mercadante

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Mercadante is general manager for Hyatt Regency Phnom Penh in Cambodia. Mercadante’s tenure in hospitality has taken him all over the world; most recently, he worked as pre-opening general manager for Andaz Seoul Gangnam, the first Andaz property in South Korea.

Past experience includes managerial positions at Hyatt Regency Cancun Mexico, Hyatt Regency London -The Churchill, Hyatt Regency Dubai and Galleria Residence. He’s also worked at Hyatt Regency Mexico City as hotel manager and Grand Hyatt Playa Del Carmen Resort as pre-opening general manager.

Lisa Clark

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Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, has named Clark senior sales executive; she will focus on the New England market. Most recently, Clark was senior sales executive for The Westin Boston Seaport District. Her New England-based hotel experience includes Metro Market Boston, where she worked as group sales manager, and InterContinental Boston, where she worked as sales manager.

Joe Brunini

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Brunini has been made chief gaming and customer development officer for Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Brunini most recently worked at Parq Vancouver as president and CEO. Further experience of Brunini’s includes working as president of global marketing and customer development with Baha Mar in the Bahamas, president of marketing and customer development at MGM Resorts International in Las Vegas and numerous executive positions at Caesars Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City.

Kimberly Scarborough and Zoe Shircel

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Kimberley Scarborough (left) and Zoey Shircel (right)

Scarborough is manager of visitor marketing and Shircel is associate manager of media relations for Visit Mesa in Arizona.

Scarborough previously worked as coordinator of visitor marketing for Visit Mesa. Before joining the organization, she worked as operations coordinator for Veterans United Home Loans, based in Columbia, Missouri. Scarborough has also worked with Hilton Hotels, as supervisor for one of its Columbia-based properties.

Shircel has been on Visit Mesa’s communications team for two years, most recently as its media relations specialist. This move marks a return to Visit Mesa for Shircel, having worked as its public relations and communication intern in 2019.

Clive McNish

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McNish is returning to Chewton Glen in Hampshire, England, as general manager; McNish worked as the property’s spa manager between 1995-2003. Before moving back to Chewton Glen, McNish worked as group operations director at GOCO Hospitality’s headquarters in Bangkok, Thailand.

Before this, he worked as wellness director and general manager for Kamalaya Wellness Resort on Koh Samui, an island off the coast of Thailand, as well as opening spa director for Four Seasons Resort Provence at Terre Blanche in France and Four Seasons Hotel, Hampshire, just outside of London.

Michael Nelson and Annebeth Kearney Black

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Michael Nelson (left) and Annebeth Kearney Black (right)

Nelson is general manager and Kearny Black is director of sales and marketing for Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville Downtown in Tennessee.

Before the move to Nashville, Nelson worked as general manager for UNC Charlotte Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. He has also worked as area general manager for Marriott International’s Autograph Collection properties The Alexandrian and Morrison House, as well as general manager for Union Station Hotel Nashville, Autograph Collection.

Kearney Black previously worked as associate director of sales and marketing for Grand Hyatt Nashville. Before this, she worked as director of sales and marketing for Embassy Suites by Hilton Nashville SE Murfreesboro and Convention Center and opening director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Place/Hyatt House Denver/Downtown. She has also worked as director of sales at Embassy Suites by Hilton Omaha Downtown Old Market, a position she held for nearly 10 years.

Michelle Shockley

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Shockley is national convention sales manager for Explore St. Louis. Shockley previously worked as travel clinic manager for Milan Laser, specializing in laser hair removal. She has also held leadership positions for Marriott International in San Antonio, New Orleans and St. Louis.

Geoff Gray

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The Global Ambassador in Phoenix named Gray managing director and general manager, ahead of the property’s late-2023 opening. Before joining The Global Ambassador, Gray worked at Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Golf Club & Spa in Carlsbad, California. He has worked as general manager for Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix and spent 12 years with Hyatt Hotels, during which he worked at Andaz Maui at Wailea, Andaz San Diego and Hyatt Centric Park City in Utah.

Dino Simoncelli

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Simoncelli is general manager of The Forester Hotel in Lake Forest, Illinois. Simoncelli’s career began with Marriott Suites Downers Grove, where he worked as front desk manager. From that point, he has worked as front office manager for Marriott Schaumburg and Renaissance Oak Brook in Illinois, operations manager for Hilton Sea World Resort in Orlando and assistant general manager at Union League Club of Chicago. Most recently, he worked as general manager and chief operating officer for The Standard Club in Chicago.

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