Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

January 19 2016

People On The Move


Visit Denver

Visit Denver promoted Jason Lusk, CMP, HMCC, to Associate Vice President, Convention Sales. Lusk joined Visit Denver in September 2007 as the organization’s mid-market Washington, D.C. representative; he subsequently became the Sales Director for the D.C. Region, and in February 2011 he became Director of Sales.

Dana Cooper

Dana Cooper was named director of sales and marketing at the Hotel Jerome, an Auberge Resort, in Aspen, Colorado.

San Diego Convention Center Corporation

The San Diego Convention Center Corporation announced its 2016 Board of Director’s Officers. Rabbi Laurie Coskey has been elected to chair, Candace M. Carroll will serve as vice chair and Gil Cabrera will serve as the board’s secretary. The seven-member Board of Directors sets policy for the public benefit corporation that was created by the City of San Diego to exclusively manage, market and operate the 2.6 million-square-foot waterfront facility.

Georg Garnitschnig

Georg Garnitschnig was appointed director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Grand Del Mar in San Diego. Garnitschnig rejoins Fairmont Hotels & Resorts after a two-year departure during which he founded Hotel Sales Solutions, a sales and marketing company specializing in luxury hotels and resorts.

Diane Hardy

Diane Hardy was named director of catering at Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. Most recently, Hardy was catering events manager and wedding specialist at The Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson was appointed director of sales at the Hotel Grand Union in New York City. Most recently, Johnson was regional director of sales and marketing at Interstate Hotels & Resorts.

Far Horizons Tourism and ATS Atlas Travel Solutions

Far Horizons Tourism, Inc./FHTdirect.com (FHT), a leading provider of global group accommodations for companies participating in medical association meetings in the United States, Europe and various other destinations around the globe has joined forces with ATS Atlas Travel Solutions (ATS), a leading  London (UK) based  meetings, events & incentives  firm, with offices in London, Edinburgh and Fort Lauderdale and a sales team throughout Europe. FHT  founder Candice Steckler will continue as President of the company she established nearly 20 years ago.  Gildo Plate & Luca Plate, managing directors of ATS will be co-President & Vice President, respectively, of the new venture.  To help lead the growth of the partnership, the companies have appointed industry veteran Eli Gorin, CMP, CMM, as Chief Operating Officer. Eli brings over 15 years’ experience in international meetings management, international group housing services and professional development/training within the global meetings industry.

Jill Plemons

Jill Plemons was appointed director of sales and marketing at Hotel Zephyr in San Francisco. The hotel is Davidson Hotels & Resorts’ first property.

David Wahba

Waldorf Astoria Orlando and Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek have appointed David Wahba director of sales. Bringing nearly 20 years of managerial sales experience to his new role, Wahba will lead the development of sales strategies across the dual-hotel complex.

Tiffany Rioux

The Capella Washington, D.C, Georgetown, appointed Tiffany Rioux director of sales and marketing. Previously, Rioux was director of business travel and luxury sales at The St. Regis Washington, D.C., and The St. Regis Atlanta.

Michelle Zimny

Michelle Zimny was appointed catering and events manager at Hyatt Carmel Highlands in California. Most recently, Zimny was rooms division director at the Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge.

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