Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

August 30 2016

People On The Move


James Chow

Scheduled for completion in December 2016, the first Kerry Hotel in Hong Kong has announced a key appointment to the Executive Team. James Chow, Director of Sales & Marketing, will be spearheading the marketing, sales, revenue and event management strategies for the newest 5-star property of Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts in Hong Kong.

Rick Rausch

With hotels coast to coast looking for cellular signal enhancement, RoamBOOST has selected Rick Rausch to direct the company’s business development effort as Vice President of Sales – USA. Based in West Palm Beach, Fla., Rausch will oversee the RoamBOOST regional sales team as they continue to drive the company’s fast-track to growth.

Laura Snow

St James Hotel has strengthened its management team in order to support the company’s recent growth – with three more senior roles to be filled over the coming months. The hotel, based in Nottingham city centre, has promoted Christopher Harrison to general manager and hired Laura Snow as its new sales and marketing manager.

Michelle D. Young

With more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Young leads Springer-Miller's global sales and marketing organization. Young joined the organization in 2010 and she has been focused on providing strategic vision and support to Springer-Miller clients around the globe.

Saun Lightbourne

Saun Lightbourne has been appointed to Director of Sales and Marketing at Hotel Crescent Court in Dallas, TX. Bringing more than 20 years of industry experience to Hotel Crescent Court, Lightbourne most recently served as a Corporate, Independent Sales and Marketing Taskforce for HEI Hotels & Resorts, where he oversaw business development and strategy implementation.

Wayan Suwastana

Mövenpick Hotels and Resorts has announced the appointment of I Wayan Suwastana to lead the pre-opening sales and marketing department of Mövenpick Resort and Spa Jimbaran Bali, scheduled to open in November 2016. The appointment of I Wayan Suwastana follows the Swiss hotel management company’s accelerated expansion into the region with more than 20 new properties planned for Southeast Asia by 2020.

Mario Casal Jr.

The National Hotel Miami Beach has announced the appointment of Mario Casal Jr. as Director of Sales and Marketing. Casal will be responsible for creating sales initiatives that drive revenue for the property, as well as developing marketing campaigns that are strategic and innovative to keep up with today’s rapidly evolving marketplace.

Sanaida Goodner

John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts (JQH) announced that Sanaida Goodner is the new director of sales at the company’s Embassy Suites Northwest Arkansas – Hotel, Spa & Convention Center in Rogers, Arkansas.

PCMA Proposed Slate of 2017 Board Officers and Directors

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Nominating Committee met on August 23, in Chicago, IL and reviewed, in detail, a number of stellar nominee applications for the 2017 open board officers and directors positions. After careful due diligence and deliberation, the committee offers the following slate of candidates for leadership positions on the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors. View the new officers and directors by clicking here.

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