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Professional Convention Management Association

July 17 2014

People on the Move This Month


Kat Bryer

Kat Bryer has joined Visit Baltimore as a sales manager, coming from the Hyatt Regency Baltimore, where she worked for the past four years, first as a sales assistant and most recently as a senior sales manager. Bryer will be handling the Northeast territory.

Elodie Lacroix

Le Royal Monceau, Raffles Paris has appointed Elodie Lacroix director, sales and marketing. Most recently, Lacroix was director of global sales, France and Benelux, for Jumeirah Group.

Ruztique Toscano

The Omni Berkshire Place in New York City has appointed Ruztique Toscano director of sales and marketing. Toscano most recently was director of sales and marketing at Sofitel New York.

Zeynep Kayralci

Swissôtel Ankara in Turkey has named Zeynep Kayralci director of sales and marketing. Kayralci most recently was director of sales and marketing at Mövenpick Hotel Ankara.

Tim Xue

Raffles Hainan, China, has named Tim Xue director, sales and marketing. Most recently, Xue was director of sales and marketing at Dalian New World Hotel.

Renee Areng

Renee Areng, the assistant director of tourism for Visit Baton Rouge, is the new executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau. Areng is currently executive vice president of sales and marketing at Visit Baton Rouge.

Robert Dean

The Ontario Convention Center is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Dean as Director of Operations. Dean has nearly 20 years of experience in facilities and operations management, with professional certifications not only in the technical but also the safety code and labor requirements necessary for the job.

Nellie Freeborn

Little Rock Marriott, along with Davidson Hotels & Resorts, is pleased to welcome Nellie Freeborn as the new Director of Sales and Marketing for the Little Rock, AR hotel. Nellie brings with her more than 17 years of successful sales experience in the hospitality industry, including time spent at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA.

Tom Mobley

Tom Mobley, who has served as Global Spectrum senior vice president of Convention Centers since January of 2006, has retired, effective June 30. Before joining Global Spectrum, Mobley served as general manager and CEO of the Washington Convention Center Authority in Washington, D.C. He also spent 11 years as general manager of the largest convention center in the U.S., the McCormick Place in Chicago.

Mike Ruberry

Mike Ruberry has joined Metropolitan Exposition Services, as vice president of Industry Relations. Ruberry comes to Metro-Expo with 32 years of industry experience. The first 16 were on the service contractor side working for United Exposition Service Company (UX)/GES holding the positions of account executive, operations manager, assistant general manager, vice president and general manager and vice president of national sales. The last 16 were with George Little Management, now Emerald Expositions, most recently as vice president of Operations and Customer Relations.

Barb Bowden

Barb Bowden has been named managing director of operations for Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando in Orlando, Florida. Bowden previously was general manager of the Orange County Convention Center.

Jennifer Cronin

Jennifer Cronin has been named vice president, sales and marketing, at Marco Polo Hotel Group in Hong Kong. Cronin previously was vice president of sales and marketing for Dusit International.

Kevin McAteer

Concord Hospitality Enterprises, Raleigh, North Carolina, has promoted Kevin McAteer to senior vice president, marketing and sales. McAteer previously was the company’s vice president, sales and marketing.

Phelps Hope

Phelps Hope is now Senior Vice President, Meetings & Expositions at Kellen Meetings, a business division of the Kellen Company.

David Dew

The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB) has named David Dew senior national sales manager. Dew joins the DMCVB from the Meet Chicago Northwest Convention & Visitors Bureau in Villa Park, Illinois. Dew brings nearly 20 years of experience in a variety of positions in the hospitality and tourism industry to the DMCVB. His role will be to sell metro Detroit as a destination for meetings and conventions to the Chicago corporate and associations market. One of his primary focuses is the medical meetings market.

Gino Marasco

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel has named Gino Marasco director of sales. With nearly 20 years of hospitality experience, he will now be responsible for overseeing the group sales operation at the 2,265-room hotel. Prior to joining the hotel, Marasco led the sales teams at properties including The Hilton Orlando, The Loews Atlanta, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation and The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island.

Linda Edwards

The Kentucky State Fair Board has named Linda Edwards Vice President and General Manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center. Edwards, a longtime executive at the fair board, was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Edwards was responsible for booking nearly 400 events each year at both the convention center and the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Martin Knott & William Foster

MC2 announced that Martin Knott has joined the company as president of the southwest division, which includes Las Vegas, San Francisco and Kingman, Arizona. In addition, MC2 has promoted William Foster to vice president of the southwest division.

Rosa Harris

Rosa Harris has been named director of tourism for the Cayman Islands. Harris had served as interim director since last December, following the resignation of Shomari Scott. She has been with the Department of Tourism since 2006, when she served as the national promotions and events manager.

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