Jonathan Young, Vice President of Global Accounts, has been named ConferenceDirect's Associate of the Year. He was honored at the ConferenceDirect Awards Dinner during its Annual Partner Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday, March 6.
Stuart Ruff, CMP, DES was recently promoted to Vice President, Events and Education at RIMS, the risk management society. Ruff is also a Director on PCMA’s Board.
The Expo Group has named Randy Pekowski president of the company, of which he already serves as COO. Founder and former President Ray Pekowski will remain CEO and chairman of the business. The promotion is part of the strategic succession plan the company has put in place for the next generation of leadership.
Daniel Ketelsen Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) has expanded its Washington, D.C. Global Sales team with the addition of Daniel Ketelsen as Director of Sales for ALHI’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Prior to joining ALHI, Ketelsen served for three years as the Director of Convention Sales - Mid-Atlantic Region for Visit Anaheim. Previous to that, Ketelson served for 17 years with Hyatt Hotels Corporation, which includes four years as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Hyatt Regency Orange County in California, and two years as the Director of Sales & Marketing for Hyatt Regency Calgary in Canada.
Tony Aslanian has been named Director of Sales & Marketing at Benchmark Hospitality International’s new property - an 890 unit all-suite resort in Orlando opening in August 2016. Located on Lake Austin near Walt Disney World's Animal Kingdom Theme Park and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Teneo Hospitality Group announced the appointment of David Strang as Director of Sales in the Northeast. Strang comes to Teneo with over 20 years of hotel sales experience most notably during the last eight years with Jumeriah Hotels & Resorts as Global Sales Executive and previous to that, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts
Willie Chin was appointed director of sales and marketing at Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Rico. Most recently, Chin was regional director of sales and marketing for IHG’s Caribbean hotels.
Jim Donovan was named director of sales and marketing for Westin Sarasota Hotel in Florida. Most recently, Donovan was regional director of sales and marketing at Driftwood Hospitality, overseeing a portfolio of 11 hotels that included Starwood and Hilton branded hotels.
Eamon O’Brien was appointed director of sales and marketing at Omni Louisville Hotel in Kentucky. Most recently, O’Brien was director of sales and marketing at Louisville Marriott Downtown.
Ramon Von Schükkmann
Ramon Von Schükkmann was appointed director of sales and marketing at W South Beach in Miami. Von Schükkmann is a Starwood veteran who ventured into the hospitality industry 20 years ago in Amsterdam. He has since speared sales and marketing efforts for multiple hotels in The Netherlands, Canary Islands (Spain), the Algarve in the south of Portugal, Mauritius and most recently in the United Arab Emirates before joining W South Beach.
Grand Hyatt San Francisco announces the appointment of Anita Rahman as the hotel’s new Director of Sales and Marketing. Rahman was most recently Director of Sales and Marketing at Andaz Maui at Wailea.