Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

January 25 2016

People On The Move

Carolyn Clark

Tony Lorenz

AlliedPRA, the Destination Management Company, announces industry veteran, Tony Lorenz, CMM has joined the award-winning company as its new Chief Executive Officer effective immediately.

Heidi Voorhees

bXb Online, LLC, creator of BOB.tv – Best of Business, announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Heidi A. Voorhees as Chief Executive Officer effective January 25, 2016. Voorhees was also elected to the Board of Directors of bXb Online, effective February 28, 2016.

Don Welsh

Don Welsh, who has been CEO of Choose Chicago since 2011, will become the new President and CEO of Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI).Rosana Winarto

Stuart Ruff

RIMS has restructured several business units. The meetings and events department at RIMS is now known as "Events and Education," and Stuart Ruff has been promoted to Vice President of the department.

Rosana Winarto


Rosana Winarto has been appointed Director of Events at the award-winning Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, a downtown Denver convention center hotel.


The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority’s newly minted Executive Director David Gibbons made a key senior executive decision by naming Fred Peterson as the new Deputy Director. Peterson served as the Interim Executive Director from July 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015 while also fulfilling the duties of Director of Facilities Operations.

Peter Strebel

Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced Peter Strebel, a 25-year-plus veteran of the hospitality industry, has been named chief marketing officer and senior vice president of sales.

Carl Emberson

Mayakoba, an eco-luxury resort in the Riviera Maya, has named Carl Emberson Vice President of Operations and Marketing. The 1,600-acre Mayakoba development, which includes three luxury hotels – Banyan Tree, Fairmont and Rosewood – and the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon golf course. A fourth hotel, Andaz Mayakoba, will open in late 2016.

Adam Schomaker

Adam Schomaker has been named director of sales and marketing for LondonHouse Chicago, Oxford Capital’s latest luxury lifestyle hotel opening spring 2016. He will oversee all sales, marketing and e-commerce efforts for the 452-room property.

Mark Wykes

Omni Hotels & Resorts today announced that Mark Wykes, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has been appointed vice president of hotel sales & marketing. In this leadership role, Wykes is responsible for maximizing, creating and directing hotel revenue generating strategies with the objective of increased RevPar Index and market share for the brand.

Judith Garcia

The Pullman Miami Airport named Judith Garcia director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Garcia was director of sales and marketing at Sonesta Coconut Grove in Miami.

Denis Herron

Denis Herron was named international sales manager at The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten.

Jay Link

Jay Link has joined Lanyon as chief sales officer after serving as vice president worldwide sales at Gravitant, a cloud brokerage software firm recently acquired by IBM.  Link will oversee global field and inside sales teams for the meetings, event and travel software company. He is based in Dallas and reports to Lanyon chief executive David Bonnette.

Paolo Cazzin

Paolo Cazzin was appointed director of sales and marketing at Palazzo Victoria in Verona, Italy. Most recently, Cazzin was director of group sales for The Bauers Hotel in Venice, Italy.

Paul Riemens

Paul Riemens will be the new CEO of RAI Amsterdam beginning April 7. Together with Maurits van der Sluis, newly appointed to the position of COO, they will form the new statutory board of the Amsterdam exhibition and convention organization.

Brona Kelly

Maybourne Hotel Group appointed Brona Kelly group director of sales and marketing. Most recently, Kelly was director of sales and marketing at the Corinthia Hotel London.

Ryan Brown

National Trade Productions has promoted Ryan Brown to vice president of sales and event services. In this role, Brown leads an experienced team of sales professionals focused on exhibit and sponsorship sales, revenue growth and increased profitability for NTP's portfolio of tradeshow clients and proprietary events.

Sybil Davis

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau has named Sybil Davis as its new national accounts manager. Davis will be responsible for booking international, multicultural and religious meeting and convention groups for the Pennsylvania Convention Center and Greater Philadelphia hotels.

Ileana Acosta

Thompson Hotels’ Gild Hall in New York City appointed Ileana Acosta director of sales and marketing.

Amber Voelker

Associated Luxury Hotels International names Amber Voelker its Regional VP of Sales for the west.