Paul Cunniffe has been named Business Development Vice President of the Exposition at Freeman. Cunniffe joins Freeman with more than 20 years’ experience working with customers such as the Democratic National Convention, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, and the American Physical Therapy Association.
Hospitality Performance Network Global (HPNG) has hired Marc Seidman as Vice President, Global Accounts in Bethesda, Maryland. Prior to joining HPN Global, Marc spent 11 years at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Shortly prior Marc served as National Sales Manager for Projection Presentation Technologies focused on General Session/Convention Center events. During the late 90’s in his role as Director of Sales (DC Office) for the Chicago Convention and Tourism.
Thomas Riel has been appointed vice-president of sales and services at the Providence Warwick (Rhode Island) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Riel previously worked for the bureau as national sales manager from 2003–2006. Riel most recently served as a senior account executive at Marriott’s Global Sales Organization. He has also served as the director of sales and marketing at the Renaissance Providence Hotel in Rhode Island.
Visit Seattle announced the addition of Rob Hampton as Senior Vice President Convention Sales and Services. He will begin work for Visit Seattle in mid-January at the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Convening Leaders meeting in Chicago. Hampton has served as the Vice President of Sales for the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau since 2006 and has more than 25 years of progressive sales leadership experience in the convention and meeting industry.
Kimpton’s Tideline Ocean Resort & Spa, Palm Beach has named Kate Connor director of sales. Most recently Connor was director of sales and marketing at the Hilton Cabana in Miami Beach.
Brian King has been named director of sales and marketing at The St. Regis Punta Mita Resort in Mexico. King previously served as director of sales at Sheraton Iguazú Resort & Spa in Argentina.
Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts has named Steven Taylor chief marketing officer. Taylor is the former vice president of marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Edita Matic has been promoted to director of sales and revenue management at Marenas Beach Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Matic was most recently director of revenue management for Benchmark Hospitality at Marenas Beach Resort and One Bal Harbour Resort.
Hyatt South Beach has appointed Maria Ordoñez-Maloney as director of sales. Most recently, Ordoñez-Maloney was based at Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport in New York.