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Rachel Thompson

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Thompson is catering sales and event manager for The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa, Avon, Vail Valley in Colorado. Thompson comes from Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, where she worked in multiple roles, most recently as its concierge. She also worked as reservations agent and manager in training for conference services and groups sales.

Nadeem Siddiqui

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The Gwen in Chicago named Siddiqui general manager. In his 18 years in the hospitality industry, Siddiqui has worked with several large hotel brands, most recently having worked as hospitality and multifamily consultant for The Shephard Hotel in New York City. Siddiqui has also worked with Waldorf Astoria Chicago as director of operations, among other positions, and Conrad Chicago as the opening team’s assistant director of operations.

Thomas Harlander

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Harlander is managing director and director of project services for Rosewood Amsterdam, slated to open late 2023 as the brand’s first property in the Netherlands. Harlander previously worked as managing director of Rosewood Bangkok. Before his role in Bangkok, Harlander worked with Park Hyatt in managerial and senior F&B positions that took him to properties in London, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Seoul.

Pierre O. Kranzle

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Kranzle is general manager of Hilton Monterrey in Mexico, scheduled to open early spring 2023. Kranzle joined the Hilton Hotels team in 2012, serving as general manager for Hilton Mexico City Reforma; most recently, Kranzle was the opening general manager of Hilton Guadalajara Midtown in Mexico. In his 25-year career, he has worked on the opening team in six countries: Hyatt Regency Thessaloniki in Greece, Hyatt Regency Mainz in Germany, Hyatt Regency Merida in Mexico, Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok and four of his own restaurants in San Antonio, Texas.

Michael J. Deutsch

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Hilton Garden Inn Austin University Capitol District in Texas named Deutsch general manager. Deutsch comes from Sheraton Bucks County Langhorne in Pennsylvania, where he worked as general manager. Deutsch has also worked in leading roles with Northeast-based properties for Hilton, Hampton Inn, DoubleTree and Embassy Suites.

Chantaye Avery

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Avery is director of reservations and revenue strategy for The Gant Aspen in Colorado. Before moving to Colorado, Avery worked as regional director of revenue management for Hospitality Ventures Management Group in Atlanta. In her 15 years of hospitality experience, Avery has worked with Wild Dunes, a Destination Hotel in Isle of Palms, South Carolina, McKinley Chalet in Denali National Park, Alaska, and The Shores Resort and Spa in Daytona Beach, Florida.

Cynthia Boyett

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Boyett is director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Boyett comes from Florida, where she worked at The Ritz-Carlton Hotels in South Beach and Bal Harbour as director of sales and marketing. Before that, she worked as complex director of sales and marketing for Conrad Fort Lauderdale and Hilton Fort Lauderdale beach in Florida, during which the property received the Sales Team of the Year Award.

Marion Ryan

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Ryan is area director of sales and marketing for Dorchester Collection’s three U.K. properties, The Dorchester and 45 Park in London, and Coworth Park in Ascot. In her most recent position, Ryan was director of sales and marketing for Four Seasons Hotels’ U.K. collection. Before joining Four Seasons, Ryan was director of sales and marketing for The Savoy in London, as well as head of sales and marketing for The Lanesborough in London, where she was responsible for the launching of The Lanesborough Club & Spa.

Tony Yousfi

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Yousfi is chief sales officer for The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas. Most recently, Yousfi was senior vice president of sales, catering and conference services for Fontainebleau Las Vegas; before that, he worked with Carver Road Hospitality as chief growth officer and MGM Resorts International as vice president of sales, services, catering, group dining and weddings. In 2019, Yousfi was awarded the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International Top 25 Award.

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Marie E. Scalia

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Destination Cleveland has promoted Scalia to chief marketing officer. Scalia joined the organization in 2012 as senior director of marketing and was later promoted to vice president of marketing. In 2021, she was awarded the Distinguished Sales and Marketing award from Sales & Marketing Executives.

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