New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has named Fred Dixon the new CEO of NYC & Company, the city’s tourism bureau. Dixon has been with the tourism organization since 2005 and was named interim chief executive after George Fertitta left.
Best Western International has announced the appointment of Michael Muir as vice president of North American Development. An industry veteran with more than 25 years of experience, Muir will bring his expertise in strategic growth and development to the Best Western brand.
Gregg Lapin is now the director of meeting services at American Association of Diabetes Educators. Before AADE, Gregg spent over 16 years with the American Osteopathic Association as director of convention and meetings services.
William Reed, FASAE, CMP has been promoted to senior director of meetings at American Society of Hematology. Bill is also a long time PCMA member and the current PCMA Board Secretary-Treasurer.
The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., announced the appointment of Wayne Kearney as director of resort sales. His responsibilities will include overseeing the historic property’s group sales team, generating strategies to increase meetings business, conference services and marketing efforts. Kearney previously was director of group sales at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, which for many years was part of the ClubCorp portfolio along with The Homestead.
The 273-room Taj Boston has appointed Brian Macaluso as director of sales and marketing. Macaluso has 20 years of sales experience in the hospitality industry. He most recently served as a sales and marketing task-force director for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, overseeing efforts for several hotels in Illinois, Georgia, Texas, Colorado and Alabama.
Mukul Beach, Golf & Spa in Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua, has appointed Lorrianne Mesina director of sales. Most recently, Mesina was director of group sales at Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley.
Bana Toukan has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Hyatt Capital Gate in Abu Dhabi. Toukan previously was director of sales and marketing at Grand Hyatt Amman.
Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group Americas president Thorsten Kirschke is moving to the same role in the Asia/Pacific region, effective immediately.