Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

March 25 2014

People on the Move


Edie Bates

Davidson Hotels & Resorts announced that it has appointed Edie Bates to the newly created position of vice president, brand performance. In her new role, Bates will be responsible for supporting the property teams and partnering with the company’s regional/corporate teams to enhance Guest Satisfaction Scores (GSS) and Quality Assurance (QA) results.

Bryan Scott

Wyndham Jade, has promoted Bryan Scott to serve as president of its convention division. Scott, previously served as chief strategy officer and will continue to contribute to Wyndham Jade’s strategic direction while taking a greater role in management, oversight and development of housing, registration and meeting offerings.

Marty Soule

Alliance Exposition announced the hiring of Marty Soule as National Account Manager. Marty joins Alliance with a broad range of 17 years of experience and versatile knowledge of both Operations and Account Management in General Service Contracting. 

Dan Boyer

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel has named Dan Boyer director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Boyer was director of sales and marketing for Marriott International’s Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel.

Tina Canderle

Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Wailea has appointed Tina Canderle director of sales. Canderle previously was the account director of groups for Starwood Maui Metro Market.

Michael Flaskey

Michael Flaskey has been promoted to executive vice president, chief sales and marketing officer, at Diamond Resorts Holdings in Las Vegas. Flaskey previously was executive vice president of sales and marketing, North America, for Diamond Resorts International.

Kelly Hamlet

The Modern Honolulu has named Kelly Hamlet director of catering and conference services. Hamlet previously was senior catering and convention service manager at Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Wailea Resort.

Abdo Kayali

Abdo Kayali has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah in Dubai. Kayali most recently was group director of sales and marketing for Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels by Al Rayyan Hospitality in Doha.

Shand Luce

Shand Luce has been named director of sales and marketing for both The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel and The Residence Inn at The Depot Hotel. Luce was previously director of operations for The Depot Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel.

Markella Votsi

Markella Votsi has been appointed director of sales and marketing at ME London. Votsi previously was director of sales for the Millennium Gloucester & Bailey’s Hotels.

Thorsten Kirschke

Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group announced Thorsten Kirschke to assume role of President of its Asia Pacific region. For the past four years, Kirschke has led Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group as President of the Americas. Kirschke will replace Simon Barlow, who resigned from his position to pursue other opportunities.

Jayne O’Brien

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has appointed Jayne O’Brien as senior vice president of global brands, effective 24 March. O’Brien will take responsibility for overseeing brand vision and strategy across all of IHG’s nine brands. She joins from Dubai Properties Group, where she was chief marketing officer, responsible for all group marketing, including brand management, public relations and customer relations.

Nick Humphrey

Global Experience Specialists (GES) has appointed Nick Humphrey to the position of commercial director for its UK operations, based at the company’s ExCeL London offices. Humphrey will be responsible for the delivery of all exhibitions, live events and congresses for GES clients.

Annette M. Suriani

Annette M. Suriani, CMP has started her own company and is principal of AMS Meetings Solutions. Previously, Suriani was the director of global accounts at ConferenceDirect.