Dr. Jerry Cook, president of the Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau, will retire Dec. 31, 2014, after 18 years. He has served on many boards including the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the Travel Industry Association of Kansas, the Hotel and Lodging Association of Kansas City and Destination Marketing Association International.
Myriad Marketing, Melbourne Convention Bureau’s (MCB) representation agency for North America, has appointed Maria Rivera to the position of MCB Director of Business Development, North America. Rivera joins Myriad from Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau where she covered the Bureau’s north eastern region. She previously worked at Tourism Toronto.
The Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Chicago has added Joshua Eastman as the new business travel sales manager. In this role, Eastman focuses on achieving hotel revenue, profit, and customer satisfaction goals within the business transient market and coordinating the execution of business with other departments.
The Pineapple Agency, a new full-service agency, has launched in Denver and specializes in experiential marketing and creative, buzzworthy events. Led by industry veteran Justin Moss. Prior to founding The Pineapple Agency, Moss served as the Owner and Executive Producer of Shutdown Productions, where he created large scale music festivals with such artists as Tony Hawk, Outkast, Stone Temple Pilots, Ludacris and The Offspring.
Shannon Gilbert has been promoted to Director of Sales & Marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. With nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, she most recently served as the director of sales at the resort, joining the team three years ago from The Ritz-Carlton, Denver where she was the opening director of sales and marketing. Prior to her appointment in Colorado, she served as director of group sales at The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel and Half Moon Bay. Previously, Gilbert served as a national sales manager for The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage and director of Northwest sales at La Quinta Resort & Club.
Playa Resorts Management has appointed Pilar Arizmendi director of sales and marketing for Mexico. Arizmendi most recently was director of sales and marketing for Las Brisas Hotel Collection.
Questex Hospitality + Travel has promoted Danielle Cirami-Gillis to vice president of event sales, responsible for leading the company's sales efforts that target the leisure travel market and meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment.
Duncan Greenfield has been appointed director of sales at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London. Greenfield most recently was head of European and corporate sales at Corinthia Hotel London.
Richard Rodriguez has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing at Alsol Hotels & Resorts in Cancún, Mexico. Rodriguez most recently was vice president of sales and marketing for Occidental Hotels & Resorts.
Larry Skaar has joined the sales team at Apple Rock Advertising and Promotions, Inc. Before joining Apple Rock Displays, Skaar was the Director of National Accounts for Team One Display Services. Skaar has held various sales and executive positions with Imaging Technologies, Access TCA, Czarnowski Exhibit Services and Exhibitgroup/Giltspur.