Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 19 2013

People in the News


Aileen London

Aileen London, Senior Manager Global Meeting Services – JAPAC, Oracle Corporation, has been appointed to a strategic board seat on the board of directors for the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE). London’s one-year term began on August 1, 2013.

Nasser Fawzi

Nasser Fawzi has been appointed as the Area Director of Sales for the Arabian Gulf (UAE, Qatar and Bahrain) in accordance with Kempinski area sales strategy. Nasser will be based at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates.

Cesar Wurm

W Fort Lauderdale has appointed Cesar Wurm director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Wurm served as the director of sales and marketing at The Westin Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas.

Julia Alvaro and Thanos Lionsatos

The Leading Asian hospitality group Dusit International have announced the appointment of two new Sales and Marketing Directors at their Dusit Thani Dubai and Dusit Thani Maldives locations. The Directors join during the company’s Year of Expansion, where hotels in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Changzhou, China have opened.

Lisa A. Potts

The Trump Hotel Collection has appointed Lisa A. Potts as senior vice president of sales and marketing. She will oversee strategies for the brand and its eight properties in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami, Honolulu, Toronto and Panama City, as well as two more under development in Washington, D.C., and Vancouver, British Columbia. With 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Potts previously worked for Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, reaching the position of regional vice president of sales and marketing for the northeastern United States.

Tom Merrill

Tom Merrill announced that he is leaving GES (Global Experience Specialists) after a 30-year career that began with Giltspur in Dallas, TX.

Mary Lou Newbold- Metzger

Mary Lou Newbold- Metzger has accepted the position of Strategic Sales Executive for Experient. Most recently she was with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau as a Citywide Regional Director of Sales.

Christopher Koleros

Vice President Commercial Europe InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) Glenn Carroll recently announced the appointment of Christopher Koleros as Area Director of Sales & Marketing ~ Europe. In this new position, Koleros will oversee sales and marketing strategies, activities, growth and performance of the North American market for all the IHG properties across the European Region.

Kanami Fujita

The Downtown Seattle Hilton hotel has welcomed Kanami Fujita to its staff of experienced professionals as its new Director of Sales and Marketing. Fujita has worked in the hospitality industry for over 13 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the hotel.

Susan Whitaker

Commissioner Susan Whitaker, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, was named 2013 State Tourism Director of the Year by the U.S. Travel Association’s National Council of State Tourism Directors.