Sue Chevalier, Mattie Scheeter and Mackenzie Coleman
Sue Chevalier joins Visit Omaha as a research analyst, assisting the vice president of sales in prospecting new business opportunities and analyzing data for the sales team. Also joining the sales team as national sales manager is Mattie Scheeter, CMP, who was most recently the director of sales at the South Dakota Department of Tourism, and a 2015 DMAI 30 Under 30 honoree. In addition to increasing the sales staff, Visit Omaha has promoted Mackenzie Coleman from sales manager to national sales manager. Coleman has been selected as an honoree for DMAI’s 30 Under 30 2017 list.
Cara Marbach and Brad Minton
The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) has hired two national sales managers to its staff, both focusing on capturing large association and corporate conventions for the Georgia World Congress Center and the city of Atlanta. Cara Marbach was most recently senior sales manager at Napa Valley Marriott, and has served in a variety of positions for Marriott International. Brad Minton joins the GWCCA from Omni Hotels and Resorts in Washington, D.C., where he was director of global accounts. From 2013–2014, he served as national sales manager at Omni Atlanta Hotel at CNN Center, which is connected to the GWCCA.
Elie Sassine has been named the director of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, Canada. He first joined Marriott Hotels & Resorts in 2006, and he has been serving as director of sales at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto since 2014.
Washington, D.C.–based American Hotel & Lodging Association (ALHA) has appointed Kevin Carey as executive vice president and chief operating officer. This newly created position, according to ALHA, will ensure that the organization is positioned to build new revenue streams and enhance value creation for its 24,000-member base. Carey comes to ALHA from American Express, where he held senior roles in the company’s business-travel units.