Category Archives: Smart Moves

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Resort Appoints GM

Kimberly Wilson is the new general manager of the Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The 16-acre, 650-room resort has a Four-Diamond rating and was named one of the Top 100 Resort Spas in the Continental U.S. by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for the last two years. Its event space…

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Nobu Hotel in Vegas Names First GM

Gigi Vega has been named general manager of the the world’s first Nobu Hotel, which will open in the fall in a renovated and rebranded tower at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Vega has worked at the casino since 2009 as vice president of luxury hotel operations, overseeing the casino’s villas and suites. The new…

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Tradeshow Design Firm Adds Account Executive

Elevation Exhibits & Events of Shrewsbury, Mass., has hired Martha Williams as an account executive. Williams has more than a decade of marketing and branding experience, including serving as a liaison for regional marketing with Whole Foods Market. Elevation is a full-service design and marketing firm that builds exhibits for tradeshows, as well as showrooms,…

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Turnberry Isle Miami Hires DOS

James Gelfand is the new director of sales and marketing for Turnberry Isle Miami, a Four-Diamond resort in Aventura, Fla. Gelfand comes to the resort following an 11-year career with Starwood Resorts and Hotels, most recently serving as director of sales and marketing for The Westin Copley Place in Boston. Turnberry Isle Miami features 408…

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Coast Hotels Hires Revenue, Marketing Directors

Coast Hotels & Resorts, which owns and manages more than 40 hotels in the western United States and Canada, has made two new additions to its executive team: Jil Larson will serve as director of revenue and Joe Figone will serve as director of marketing. Larson has more than 25 years of experience, including revenue…

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Hentz to Head Daytona Beach CVB

Jeffrey Hentz will make the move from the California mountains to the Florida coast as the new president and CEO of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. Heintz was executive director of the Yosemite/Mariposa County Tourism Bureau in Mariposa, Calif. He will take over for the Daytona Beach CVB’s director of finance, Liz…

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Hilton Appoints Senior Director for Meetings

Hilton Worldwide has a new executive in charge of meetings and conventions. As senior director for meetings and product management, Sherry Romello will work to advance and develop meetings business across all the company’s brands, with a special focus on Hilton Hotels & Resorts. Romello has more than 20 years of experience planning everything from…

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New DOS for Orlando World Center Marriott

Thomas J. Egan is the new director of sales for the Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida. Egan has 13 years of experience in hospitality, most of which was with Marriott International in Chicago. Most recently he was an area director of sales for White Lodging Services, overseeing the company’s nine properties around Chicago Midway…

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La Quinta Resort Names New DOSM

Rick Blackburn is the new executive director of sales and marketing for La Quinta Resort & Club and its PGA West golf course in California. He comes to the resort from Marriott International ‘s Global Sales Organization, where he was director of intermediary sales. The Waldorf Astoria property has more than 66,000 sq. ft. of…

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Marriott Hires GM for Ihilani Resort

Paul Toner has been named general manager of JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina in Honolulu. Toner replaces Dan Banchiu, who retired after 32 years with Marriott International. Toner is returning to Marriott’s Hawaiian operations, where he spent 15 years managing sales and marketing. Since 2008, he has been with RockResorts and…

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