The Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau has hired resort hotel executive Jeff Homad to lead efforts to grow convention and meeting business. As vice president of convention sales and services, Homad will assume convention- and meeting-related duties previously performed by John Oros, who became chief of Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau last August.
Ottawa Tourism’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Crockatt as President & Chief Executive Officer of Ottawa Tourism effective March 7, 2016. Crockatt has an extensive background in the Canadian travel and tourism sector, starting his career in Winnipeg as Director of Marketing for cargo and passenger services with the Winnipeg Airports Authority. In Ottawa, Crockatt served as Vice President, Business Development & Marketing with the Ottawa International Airport Authority for over eight years before he moved on to the position of Senior Vice President, Air Service & Business Development with InterVISTAS Consulting.
Benchmark Hospitality International® has named Nicole Beykirch global sales director. Beykirch was most recently Benchmark’s regional accounts director focusing on the Midwest market.
Bastien Blanc and Carole Pichot-Johnson
FRHI Hotels & Resort appointed Bastien Blanc vice president of sales and marketing for the Middle East, Africa and India, and Carole Pichot-Johnson director of group sales in the Americas region, focused on selling The Savoy, a Fairmont Managed Hotel and Le Royal Monceau - Raffles Paris.
Gansevoort Hotel Group appointed Gemma Keating corporate director of sales. Most recently, Keating was director of sales and marketing at The Knickerbocker New York.
Kelly Egan Merryfield
Kelly Egan Merryfield was appointed director of sales and marketing at Trump International Hotel & Tower New York. Previously, Merryfield was director of travel industry sales at Salamander Hotels & Resorts in Middleburg, Virginia.