The Broadmoor Manitou and Pikes Peak Cog Railway promoted Johnston to general manager of the acclaimed high-altitude tourist railway in Manitou Springs, Colorado. Johnston has over a decade of railroad operations and hospitality management experience. Most recently, he was assistant general manager of Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Johnston has worked for Union Pacific Railroad in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas and R.L. Banks & Associates Inc. in Washington, D.C.
Torrenga is vice president of sales at Nuvola, the hotel service and guest engagement software company. A 20-year hospitality tech optimization and sales veteran, Torrenga was previously senior vice president of sales at INTELITY, a global guest experience and management platform in the greater Miami area. At the start of her career, Torrenga co-founded Metropolis Technologies Inc., a global company that provides emergency management and telemanagement for businesses. Torrenga has also held leadership sales, strategy and hospitality roles at EDT Enterprises and Cendyn hotel management.
Charlene Hoffman and Angela “Fig” Wirkler, CMP
Boulder Convention and Visitors Bureau (Boulder CVB) promoted Hoffman to CEO of the organization and Wirkler to director of group sales.
Hoffman joined Boulder CVB in 2014 as operations and financial manager, her most recent position. Hoffman brings 28 years of experience in senior hospitality and business development sales, marketing, finance and operations to her new role. She was co-owner and senior vice president of a Chicago software company, vice president of sales and product marketing at Spatial Corp, a Dassault Systèmes company, CFO of Sports Garage Cycling and a Boulder retail shop, among additional roles.
Wirkler joined Boulder’s tourism bureau in 2014 as group sales manager and most recently was senior sales manager at the organization. Wirkler has extensive comprehensive experience in hospitality and events managements and operations. One of Smart Meetings’ 2020 Smart Women Rising Star award winners, Wirkler has spent over a decade in the industry. She has worked at St. Julien Hotel & Spa in Boulder, American Travel Planners as travel manager, Millennium Hotels and Resorts and more.
Eduardo García Ramírez
Ramírez is food and beverage manager at Royal Uno All Inclusive Resort & Spa, a new Cancún property by Royal Resorts to open in June of this year. Ramírez has 15 years of hospitality and food and beverage management experience at Mexican hotels and resorts. Most recently, he was director of food and beverage at an AMResorts property in the Dominican Republic. Ramírez started his career as sales coordinator for a small company in Mexico and after, held multiple food and beverage leadership positions for Mexico City hospitality company Posadas at three of its properties, including senior food and beverage manager at Live Aqua hotel in Playa del Carmen.
Signia by Hilton Atlanta appointed Agosta general manager of the hotel to open late 2023. Agosta brings three decades of hotel management experience to the Atlanta property, most recently having opened Hilton Cleveland Downtown, including its four food and beverage outlets. For 29 years before that, Agosta was general manager of Hilton Phoenix at the Peak, formerly known as Hilton Squaw Peak.
Isaac Gutierrez and Quincy Smith
Visit Anaheim named Gutierrez meeting sales manager of the Northwest region and Smith meeting sales manager of the Midwest region.
Gutierrez has over 10 years of hospitality sales and sales management experience. He was previously regional sales manager for Marriott’s W Hotels in Downtown San Francisco and worked in sales at Western Mountain Pacific Sales Office in San Francisco before that. Gutierrez was front desk supervisor for Anaheim Marriott for several years and has also held the role at Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim South.
Smith has extensive sales experience in the hospitality industry. He held the role of senior national account executive with San Mateo County/Silicon Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau and has experience selling convention and luxury hotels. Based in Chicago, Smith now drives Midwest meetings business to Anaheim and Orange County.
Winfred van Workum
Van Workum is market general manager at The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort in Miami Beach, Florida. Previously, Van Workum was general manager of The St. Regis Washington, D.C. With 25 years of hospitality leadership experience in hotel and food and beverage management, Van Workum has been general manager of multiple East Coast Ritz-Carlton properties and was director of food and beverage at The Ritz-Carlton South Beach, JW Marriott Essex House New York and Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados.
Event Tech Live (ETL), the London-based hybrid show for event technology, welcomed Lewis as global exhibition sales manager for the London show and ETL Vegas. Lewis has been in sales and business development for nearly 15 years, most recently the business development manager at VenuIQ, an event software company. Lewis has held the role of senior commercial executive at The Montgomery Group, senior sales executive at Reed Exhibitions, sales and promotions manager at Club Promotion Ltd. and Bouncing Ball Ltd. and similar additional roles.
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