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.
Craig D. Brennan
QuickMobile has appointed Silicon Valley Enterprise Veteran Craig D. Brennan as its new Chairman of the Board. Brennan brings more than 20 years experience as a senior executive, CEO and board member, most recently, serving as CEO of Overtone, a social media listening analytics company. He currently serves on the board of directors of Yourmembership.com, a SaaS company serving associations, and as an advisor to numerous Silicon Valley start-ups.
Tourism Santa Fe has named John Feins, a public relations and marketing professional with twenty years of experience in entertainment, publishing, high technology and financial services, as its public relations manager. This new position will assist national, international and online media with their efforts to cover travel, event, and cultural activity in Santa Fe.
The InterContinental Genève welcomes Jacky Tresch as the newly appointed Director of Business Development. Prior to joining the InterContinental Genève, Tresch’s most recent role was as Director of Sales and Marketing and Ad-Interim Director at the five-star Royal Savoy in Lausanne.
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile has appointed William Bennett director of sales and marketing. Bennett most recently was director of sales and marketing for Loews Chicago Hotel.
Belle Mont Farm in St. Kitts, West Indies, has appointed Eva Chan director of sales. Chan most recently was travel consultant for the Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort in Anguilla.
Bixel & Company announced that Jordan Lovell has joined the team to further develop their growing portfolio of national accounts. Jordan brings a wealth of sales and hospitality experience, having spent the last 5 years working in sales at some of the finest hotels in the United States. She previously held the position of Group Sales Manager for the Trump Soho in New York City, and prior to that she worked in Group Sales at the Langham Pasadena and The Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey. Jordan is a Los Angeles native, but will be based in New York City.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, the owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, welcomes Ray Luca to the staff as director of expositions. Luca oversees the team responsible for the operations and management of the PACK EXPO events.
Team San Jose recently hired Sales Manager Paul Sprinkmann to drive sales efforts for the thriving California corporate and association market segments. He will be responsible for booking California-based meeting groups of 200 room nights or less, with a special focus on the Bay Area and Northern California.
Matthew Baker has been named director of sales and marketing at Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown Hotel. Most recently, Baker was director of sales and marketing at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia.
Susan Barry has been named director of sales and marketing for The Westin Portland Harborview in Portland, Maine. Barry was most recently the president of Hive Marketing.
Turnberry Isle Miami has appointed William “Skip” James director of sales and marketing. Previously, James was director of sales and marketing at Sunriver Resort in Oregon.
Scott Kreeger has been named president of SLS Las Vegas. Kreeger formerly was chief operating officer at Revel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Catherine Rinaldo and Molly Dressel
Himmelrich PR, a Baltimore-based public relations firm with special expertise and a focus on the trade and consumer show industry, has hired Catherine Rinaldo and Molly Dressel as Account Associates. They will support the publication development, media promotion, social media marketing and partnership management activities that have successfully increased ticket and vendor sales for the firm’s show clients.
Jim Abrahamson has been named Chair of the board of directors at American Hotel & Lodging Association. Abrahamson has more 30 years of experience in the hotel industry, beginning with the General Hotels Corporation and Embassy Suites, Inc. He went on to hold senior management positions with Hilton Hotels Corporation, The Marcus Corporation, Hyatt Corporation and IHG.
Brenda Dreier, CMP, has been promoted to Associate Executive Director for the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS). Dreier has worked for SLAS for 11 years, the last eight as Director, Global Events. She is also the Vice Chair of Greater Midwest Chapter Communications Committee.
Patrick Cook has been named director of sales and marketing at Swissôtel Chicago. Cook most recently was director of sales and marketing at the InterContinental Chicago O’Hare.
The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announced the promotion of Diane Morgenthaler to Executive Vice President. Morgenthaler who has been with the GMCVB since 2009, previously held the positions of Vice President of Marketing & Strategic Planning and Director of Marketing.
Kenji Haroutunian and Marisa Nicholson
Kenji Haroutunian, who has led Emerald Expositions’ biannual Outdoor Retailer shows for eight years, is leaving his post at the end of November. Marisa Nicholson will step into the show director role. Nicholson most recently was Emerald’s group sales director for the Sports Group and has worked with the company for 11 years. Outdoor Retailer Summer Market ranked No. 32 on the 2013 TSNN Trade Show.
MeetingLists.com the searchable online hospitality data resource, announced that Gretchen Kihm-Stegall has been named Managing Director to spearhead the organization’s strategic sales and marketing initiatives. With a career dedicated to supporting the hospitality industry as both a supplier and event marketer, Kihm-Stegall’s last seven years were spent as founder and principal of Trifecta Marketing Resources, a boutique marketing agency serving the hospitality and event marketing industry.
Katie Bergmann and Jim Pittas
The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies parent of PACK EXPO has promoted two staff members, Katie Bergmann and Jim Pittas, were upped to senior vice presidents. The recent acquisition of Summit Media Group’s digital platform and the expansion of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows can both be attributed to Bergmann and Pittas.
Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa in Sonoma, California, has appointed Sion Edwards director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Edwards was director of sales at the Fairmont San Francisco.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit has named Chanelle Garvey director of sales and marketing. Garvey previously was director of sales and marketing at Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.