Stuart Levy

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Stuart Levy, The Singer Oceanfront Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton

Levy takes on the role of general manager at The Singer Oceanfront Resort, a Curio Collection by Hilton. With decades of experience leading full-service properties and a passion for fostering meaningful relationship and driving growth in the hospitality industry, Levy will take the helm at the resort and lead it through its upcoming multi-million-dollar renovation.

Tim Smith and Ava Wells

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Tim Smith (left) and Ava Wells (right), Destinations International

Destinations International makes new appointments to its leadership team.

As vice president of communications, Smith will draw on his over two decades of experience in strategic communications and corporate affairs to lead the organization’s global communications strategy, enhance its brand and extend its reach and impact across the tourism industry. He most recently served as vice president, enterprise communications at Delaware North.

Wells takes on the role of social inclusion manager. She brings with her a decade of expertise driving member and partnership engagement to process strategic priorities and influence core social inclusion values. In her new role, she will support the chief inclusion officer to enhance global inclusion across all organizational verticals with a focus on DEI research and data analysis, committee management, membership and partner engagement, content development and facilitation.

Kim Kopetz

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Kim Kopetz, The Opus Group

The Opus Group promotes Kopetz to the role of president and CEO. She brings over 25 years of experience, much of it in leadership roles, in the experiential brand marketing industry. She first joined Opus in 1998 and, throughout her time with the company, has gone above and beyond in numerous roles across many different aspects of the business. Her work has played a critical role in its present-day success.

Jacob Kipping

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Jacob Kipping, Enchantment Resort

Enchantment Resort appoints Kipping as general manager. An industry veteran bringing several years of experience in leadership roles, such as general manager at Curio Collection by Hilton in Saranac Lake, New York and assistant general manager at the Point Resort. He brings a strong background in operational excellence, and will work to continue to drive the resort’s dedication to guest experience while overseeing cross-departmental collaboration.

Laura Orfield

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Laura Orfield, The Junto

Orfield is appointed as director of commercial strategy for The Junto, an independent lifestyle brand hotel, in Columbus, Ohio. With 22 years of robust expertise across marketing, sales and revenue management at distinguished properties, she will work to spearhead the brand’s revenue management, digital marketing, advertising and social media efforts.

Jon Benson

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Jon Benson, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa appoints Benson to the role of general manager. He formerly served as the resort’s director of food & beverage, and most recently served as general manager at Hana-Maui Resort, a Destination by Hyatt property. He has worked with Hyatt Hotels & Resorts for over 35 years, across 13 hotels and spent five years in its corporate offices.

Susie Klein

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Susie Klein, Miraval Resorts & Spas

Klein is Miraval Resorts & Spas’ first-ever director of business development. An experienced leader with over three decades in hospitality and a passion for wellbeing, she will work to expand Miraval Resorts & Spas’ transformational Wellbeing Retreats in reach and engagement as well as drive overall business for the company. She looks forward to reaching new audiences and helping companies to reimagine how they support workplace and personal wellbeing for their employees.

Kieran Twomey

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Kieran Twomey, Shangri-La Group

Shangri-La Group appoints Twomey as regional head of operations for the Middle East, India, Indian Ocean, Europe and the Americas (MEIA). Twomey is celebrated for his exceptional achievements in the hospitality industry and has held various leadership roles in hospitality all over the world, including in China, the Philippines, Malaysia and Thailand.

Olumide Yerokun

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Olumide Yerokun, Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB)

The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau (LRCVB) welcomes Yerokun as director of marketing. He brings over a decade of experience to this new role, in which he will manage a variety of promotional strategies and activities aimed to boost tourism in Little Rock. He most recently served as a client account manager for Bayard Advertising, and earlier led social media strategies of Hendrix College, GWL Advertising and Albright Ideas and has served as social media director for African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA).

Tom Counts

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Tom Counts, Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall Boston

Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hill Boston appoints Counts to the role of director of sales. Counts brings extensive experience across numerous hospitality industry sectors, in roles from line cook to executive-level sales. He has a proven track record of sales success and a deep knowledge of hotel operations. He has worked at the Hilton Boston Park Plaza Hotel, Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk and Westin Chicago River North.

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