Association Forum announced the appointment of Karen Gonzales as Vice President of Business Development. Gonzales was previous with DMAI, where she worked for eight years in various leadership roles; Vice President of Membership, Senior Vice President of Membership & Business Development, Senior Vice President of Membership and Operations and most recently as Executive Vice President of Sales & Business Development.
Michael Bowman, president and CEO of the Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) has been named to the 2016 board of directors for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), the official tourism promotion agency (TPA) for the City of Philadelphia globally, and the primary sales and marketing arm for the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Bowman will serve on the board’s executive committee.
Grand Hyatt Rio de Janeiro and Grand Hyatt São Paulo named Silvio Araujo area director of sales and marketing.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco announced the appointment of Frank Manchen as area director of sales and marketing. In his new role, Manchen will lead the development of sales and marketing strategies among other functions supporting the properties. Most recently, Manchen served as director of sales and marketing at San Francisco Marriott Marquis.
Hyatt Regency Atlanta named Christopher Watson director of sales and marketing.
Catherine Hodoul-Baudry was appointed head of regional sales and marketing at The Lanesborough in London. Previously, Hodoul-Baudry was head of sales and marketing at Le Bristol Paris and head of regional sales and marketing at Palais Namaskar and Eden Rock – St. Barths.
Virgil Napier was appointed director of sales and marketing at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach, California. Prior to joining Pelican Hill, Napier led the development of sales and marketing initiatives for the pre-opening of Rosewood at Baha Mar in the Bahamas.
The Set, the collection of iconic European luxury hotels that includes London's Café Royal and Conservatorium in Amsterdam, has announced the appointment of Matthias Kaesweber as vice president of sales and marketing, as part of its global brand expansion.
The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado, appointed Jeffrey Overgaard sales manager for group sales at the resorts Wilderness Experience Properties, including The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp, Fishing Camp, The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Eagles Nest Ranch and Riverbend Ranch.. Overgaard will also sell group events specific to golf.
Tania Armenta has been appointed president and CEO of the Albuquerque (New Mexico) Convention & Visitors Bureau, effective January 6, 2016, following a unanimous vote by the board of directors. Armenta currently serves as the CVB’s chief operating and marketing officer and has been with the organization for more than 17 years.
Kimberley Porter was named director of sales and marketing at The Westin Verasa Napa in California. Most recently, Porter was the director of sales for Highgate Hotels.
David M. Gibbons
David M. Gibbons of Rockport, Mass., was named by board of directors for the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority as its executive director. Gibbons has held the role of general manager at Swissotel (Boston), The Drake (New York City), and the Taj Boston. Gibbons is highly regarded for his leadership experience in operations, food and beverage, finance, labor relations, and overall general management.