Category Archives: Smart Moves

MPI Nominates Four for Executive Board

Meeting Professionals International announced candidates for its board of directors and executive committee for the 2012–13 fiscal year. Pending approval from the group’s membership, the following candidates will join the executive committee effective July 1: –Michael Dominguez, vice president of global sales for Loews Hotels & Restaurants of New York, will become chairman elect. –Kevin…

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NYLO Fills GM, DOS Positions for Dallas Hotel

NYLO Hotels has promoted two executives to oversee management and sales at its new hotel currently in development in south Dallas. Kirk Richard will serve as general manager and Marisol Lopez will serve as director of sales for NYLO Dallas South Side, which is due to open in July 2012. Both joined NYLO in 2010….

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Phoenix CVB Hires Hyatt Veteran as DOS

Ending a 16-year career with Hyatt, Lorne Edwards is joining the Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau as its new director of sales. Edwards will oversee the CVB’s 11-member sales team. Edwards most recently served as director of sales and marketing for two Boston-area hotels: the Hyatt Regency Cambridge and Hyatt Harborside at Boston Logan…

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Wynn Las Vegas Names Convention Director

Wynn Las Vegas & Encore Resort filled several positions on its sales team this week. The moves including the promotion of Wayne Palbaum to executive director of convention services. Palbaum has been with Wynn since 2004, before the casino’s opening. He will oversee the convention and conference services managers and the meeting concierge department. The…

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Minneapolis Radisson Gets New GM

Rob Smith will become the general manager of the Radisson Plaza Hotel, Minneapolis on April 9. His experience includes 17 years as a general manager at hotels in the United States and Caribbean, most recently with the Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, where he oversaw a $30 million renovation. The Four-Diamond downtown Minneapolis hotel…

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Fairmont Appoints 2 New GMs

After acquiring full ownership of the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa this week, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts named Rick Corcoran as general manager of the Four-Diamond property. Corcoran most recently served as hotel manager and acting general manager of the resort’s sister property, the Fairmont Vancouver, overseeing it during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Fairmont…

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NY, LA Tourism Bureaus Appoint Regional Salespeople

LA INC. The Los Angeles Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Nancy McFadyen as a national director of hotel sales, responsible for promoting Los Angeles as a meeting destination to clients in the Midwest. McFadyen comes to LA INC. from Visit Orlando, where she was a senior national sales executive responsible for the Mid-Atlantic market….

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ALHI Hires National Sales Manager for Northwest U.S.

Paul Howe will oversee business development in Northern California, Oregon and Washington as a national sales manager for Associated Luxury Hotels International. ALHI is a sales network that represents more than 130 Four- and Five-Diamond hotels and resorts in North America, serving as an extension of their staff sales teams and helping them connect with…

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Minneapolis CVB’s CEO Joins USTA Board

Melvin Tennant, president and CEO of Meet Minneapolis, has been elected to the board of directors of the U.S. Travel Association. He will begin his two-year term at the association’s spring board meeting on March 23 in Washington, DC. Tennant has run the Minneapolis CVB since 2008 and serves on boards for the Minneapolis Regional…

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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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