Derrick Erwee

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Erwee is general manager for Danfords Hotel & Marina in Port Jefferson, New York. Erwee comes from Sound View Greenport on the North Fork in Long Island, New York, where he worked as assistant general manager. The South Africa native has also worked as clubhouse manager for Muttontown Club in New York, New York, and restaurant manager for Boca West Country Club in Boca Raton, Florida, after working at restaurants and private clubs in Cape Town.

Leo Percopo

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Percopo is area general manager for JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Before this, Percopo worked with Starwood Hotels & Resorts, where he was resort manager for The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort in Scottsdale and general manager for Sheraton Phoenix Downtown. In his most recent position, he worked with Omni Hotels & Resorts as vice president of operations and area managing director.

Audrey Huttert

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Huttert is Amangiri’s general manager. Now stationed in Canyon Point, Utah, Huttert comes from Amanera in the Dominican Republic, where she worked as general manager. She has also worked with The Ritz-Carlton, Abama in Tenerife, Spain; Langkawi in Malaysia; Abu Dhabi Grand Canal, Auberge Resort Collection in Guacalito, Nicaragua; Amanyara in Turks and Caicos, among others.

Mario J. Bass

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Visit Orlando named Bass chief operating officer. He most recently worked as chief sales officer for Visit San Antonio. Before working with Visit San Antonio, Bass worked with Marriott International in several roles, such as director of sales and marketing and director of corporate sales with properties such as New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square and Gaylord Texas Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine.

Laurie Frank

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Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort in Miramar Beach, Florida, named Frank executive director of sales. Frank most recently worked as director of sales and marketing for Hilton New Orleans St. Charles Avenue. She has also worked with a long list of other hotel properties and brands, including Destination Hotels & Resorts, Melrose Hotel Company, DoubleTree Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Sheraton Premiere and Royal Sonesta Hotel.

Candy Iannucci-Guay

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Iannucci-Guay is director of national accounts for Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau’s SMERF markets. Iannucci-Guay recently worked with Sheraton Hartford-South Hotel in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, as sales manager. She also spent nearly 15 years with Waterford Hotel Group Inc., where she worked in event management, and later, corporate sales. While with Waterford Hotel Group, she was given numerous accolades, including two President’s Awards, a Crystal Award and two Sales Champion Awards.

Alex Morales

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Photo: Explore Cabarrus

Morales has been named sales manager for Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau in North Carolina. Prior to this new role, Morales worked with Chetola Resort in Blowing Rock, North Carolina, as director of group sales and new business development. She has also worked as membership experience manager for professional networking organization Charlotte Business Group in North Carolina.

Nour Laasri

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Photo: Marriott Marquis Houston

Laasri is Marriott International’s area general manager for the city of Houston and general manager for Marriott Marquis Houston. As area general manager, Laasri will work as a member of Houston’s community, bridging partnerships between the hotel team and local officials and businesses.

Laasri has been with Marriott for nearly four decades, most recently as area general manager for Pennsylvania and general manager for Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. He also worked as general manager for Dallas/Fort Worth Marriott Solana, Dallas Marriott City Center and Marriott St. Louis Grand.

Robin A. McClain and Melissa A. Riley

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Robin McClain (left) and Melissa Riley (right)

McClain is chief marketing officer and Riley is senior vice president of convention sales and services for Destination DC.

McClain joined Destination DC is 2011 as director of communications and was promoted to senior vice president in 2017.

When Riley joined Destination DC, she began as national sales manager and was promoted to senior sales manager and later director of convention sales. In 2014, she became vice president of convention sales and services, her most recent position. She has also worked with Marriott International as a sales representative.

John F. McPartlan

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McPartlan is general manager for New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge; he previously worked at the property as director of operations from 2011 to 2017. Most recently, McPartlan worked at Bridgewater Marriott in Bridgewater, New Jersey, where he worked for four years as general manager. He has also worked as complex director of operations at Renaissance New York Times Square and W Times Square.

McPartlan is a member of the mentorship program at Marriott, helping managers in their career growth within the company.