Rick Hughes, who has led the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association for 10 years, is retiring this month. A search for his successor will begin soon.
Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa, CA had named Gary Collins director of sales. Previously Collins has served at Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Maui, Paradise Point Resort & Spa, Adams Mark Daytona Beach Resort, Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, and, most recently, Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in California has appointed Sabrina Guerrero to handle sales in the Washington, D.C., area as its new associate director of sales. She has previously held sales positions at Hyatt Regency hotels in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Monterey, where she was a member of the chain’s top sales team for 2011.
Cathy Griffith has been promoted to operations director for Nielsen Expositions. Griffith also will oversee the production of the ASD events, a general merchandise show with more than 2,800 exhibitors held biannually in Las Vegas.In addition to producing the ASD events, Griffith, who has 25 years of experience in the events industry, will be responsible for implementing innovative technologies through registration and simplified operational processes that will enhance the attendee experience.
Ron Gebhardt has been appointed director of sales and marketing at B Resort in the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Gebhardt previously was the director of sales and marketing at B Ocean Fort Lauderdale.
Delta Hotels and Resorts, Toronto, has named Charles McKee vice president, marketing. McKee was most recently vice president, international, at the Canadian Tourism Commission.
Elaine Morena has been named director of sales and marketing at The Surrey in New York City. Morena most recently was director of sales at the Four Seasons Hotel New York.
SCORR Marketing has retained Dee Fuehrer, one of the leading experts in trade show and event planning for the life sciences industry, to lead its trade show marketing services team.