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The Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau has named Brent DeRaad as its new president and CEO. DeRaad currently serves as president and CEO of Visit Tucson. He will begin his new position on Dec. 6. He comes to Arlington with more than 20 years of hospitality leadership, sales, and marketing experience. DeRaad succeeds Ron Price, who has been president and CEO of the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau since 2013. Price resigned in May to head Visit Phoenix in Arizona.
Marriott has appointed Ty Breland as executive vice president and chief human resources officer, effective at the end of October. A 17-year Marriott veteran, Breland has held several senior roles with the company. Since 2016, he has served as global HR officer for talent development and organizational capability.
Taffy Event Strategies has hired Jennifer Heinold for the newly-created position of chief operating officer. Heinold will oversee the day-to-day operations of the company. She previously worked at Access Intelligence for more than 15 years in leadership roles, most recently as senior vice president, events.
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Shoreline Hotel Waikiki and Coconut Waikiki Hotel have appointed Laurie Wong Ihara as director of sales and marketing. She will help lead the hotels’ marketing initiatives, business development, and growing partnerships with the community and affiliate hospitality businesses. Previously, Wong Ihara served as the director of sales and marketing for the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani.
Sonesta International Hotels Corporation has named Len Wolin as senior vice president of hotel operations. Wolin will use his three decades of experience to oversee Sonesta’s managed portfolio, which accounts for nearly 300 hotels worldwide. He previously held management roles at Marriott, Ritz Carlton, and most recently, Club Quarters.