Milton Segarra was named the new president and CEO of the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau. Segarra previously was executive director of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and served as Secretary of the Department of Economic Development and Commerce. He also has held various sales, marketing and C-level management positions with some of Puerto Rico’s top international hotel brands, including Hilton Hotels & Resorts and Hyatt Resorts Puerto Rico.
Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort on Maui has hired Diana Kamper as director of national accounts in its group-sales department. She will be based in Arizona and will focus on bringing franchise and franchise- association business to the resort, with no limits on her geographic territory. Kamper was previously president of Signature Sites & Incentives, where she provided help with site selection and inspection, budgeting and contract negotiations.
The New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau has hired hotel sales executive Cara Banasch as vice president of convention sales and strategy. Banasch took over for veteran sales leader Nikki Nicholson Moon, upon her retirement after 31 years of service to New Orleans’ meetings industry.
Banasch previously served as area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., overseeing 12 hotels in major markets throughout the south east and previously in Boston, from her base in New Orleans. Prior to this role, she held numerous leadership positions with Starwood including development of sales strategy for 16 new hotels in North America and running the global sales offices in Washington, D.C. and Toronto.
The Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG) has named David Collyer as director of marketing UK and Ireland. Collyer has been with IHG for the last six years and most recently held the role of marketing manager, during his time with the group Collyer ran the re-launch of the Holiday Inn brand across 58 hotels. On top of spending six years with IHG Collyer has over 20 years’ of experience in marketing and brand development roles and spent 10 years at the WPP network before moving client side.
Wyndham Jade’s travel fulfillment services continue to experience growth as business travel bounces back from its 2009 low. In response to this growth, Wyndham Jade has hired Joanne Haidvogl, a 28-year veteran of American Express, to help manage its healthy client base and support three newly acquired business travel accounts.
The Oakland Marriott City Center has annuounced Dan Carraher as Area Director of Sales & Marketing and Nicole Hankton as Marketing Manager to the Area Sales & Marketing team. This team oversees all sales & marketing initiatives for the Oakland Marriott City Center, Courtyard Oakland Downtown and Oakland Convention Center.
Aysegul Gurgezoglu and Ali Selcuk Can
The Turkish culture and tourism office based in London has appointed new directors – Aysegul Gurgezoglu and Ali Selcuk Can. Their appointment comes at a time when the London-based office reports to be in a new era, with lots of new and different activities in the pipeline and announcements to come in the near future.
S. Lynn Mucciano
Officials at Marshall Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a leading hotel management and services company that operates properties nationwide, today announced that S. Lynn Mucciano has been appointed executive vice president of sales and marketing. In her new role, Mucciano will oversee the sales and marketing effort for the company’s 50-plus hotel and resort management portfolio.
Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Palm Springs, California, has named Christine Delgado director of sales. Delgado previously was director of sales and marketing for the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport Hotel and Convention Center.
Loews Boston Hotel has named Lisa Tiernan director of sales and marketing. Tiernan most recently was director of sales and marketing at The Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel.
Visit Phoenix has hired Anna Gebert as director of national accounts for sales territories in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.. Gebert previously promoted Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis as destinations, marketing them to the same mid-Atlantic region. She also has worked in various positions for Choose Chicago.
Jeanne L. Malone
The Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), The Premier Association of Financial Professionals®, is pleased to announce the promotion of Jeanne L. Malone, CMP, to the position of Meeting Services Director. Malone has worked at MDRT for 11 years, most recently as a manager in the Meeting Services Department.
Boyden, a global leader in executive search with more than 65 offices in over 40 countries, announced today that Bill Hanbury, an expert in leadership solutions for Tourism, Hospitality and Non-profit sectors, has joined Boyden’s Washington, D.C. office as a Principal.
Simon Greenbury and Steve Reed
Midlands based publisher and exhibitions organiser Expo Management has made two key appointments in the marketing team for its trade event Best of Britain and Ireland (BoBI).
Simon Greenbury brings over 30 years experience in PR, marketing and branding with particular expertise in the travel, leisure and exhibition sectors. His responsibilities will include raising the profile of the event and the BoBI brand among key stakeholders including the media, exhibitors and visitors.
Expo Management has appointed Steve Reed with a specific brief to help continue the increase of group travel organisers (GTOs) attending the event as well as helping the sales team sign up UK attractions.
Jim Abrahamson, CEO of hotel management company Interstate Hotels & Resorts, has been named national chair of the U.S. Travel Association, the group announced last week. Abrahamson, who previously was first vice chair, succeeds Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Rossi Ralenkotter.
Marriott International has appointed Neil Jones to the newly created position of chief sales and marketing officer for the Middle East and Africa, in order to cater for the growing number of properties in the hotel group's MEA portfolio.