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Meeting People Richard Cimilluca To Head Hamilton Park Sales Conference center veteran Richard Cimilluca recently was named by Destination Hotels & Resorts as director of sales at the Hamilton Park Hotel & Conference Center in Florham Park, N.J. “Rich’s strong background in strategic sales leadership will serve Hamilton Park very well, especially in his proven track record with regional and national markets in the conference center arena,” said Destination Hotels managing director Joe Crimmins. the Westin Chicago North Shore, his most recent position. Hedgepeth also has worked for several hotel role in developing J.D. Power’s global strategy,” said Gary Tucker, senior vice president of the global services and emerging industries division. “As our clients look more and more to leverage benchmarks with global scale and reach, Stuart’s experience will be crucial as he and his team deliver insights and solutions that By Chris Davis One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa and, most recently, a term as director of sales and marketing for Aventura, Fla.-based third party All Conventions LLC. “She brings nearly two decades of hospitality experience to her new role, coupled with significant Florida market knowledge,” said Benchmark regional vice president sales and marketing Courtney Lowe. Steven DeFelice Named Hyatt Regency Tamaya Sales Head chains in his 20-year-plus career, most recently as director of catering and convention services at the Sheraton Premiere in Tyson’s Corner,Va. Hotel officials said Egan “is responsible for implementing a successful sales strategy to exceed revenue goals” while Hedgepeth “oversees and provides leadership for the local catering sales effort and the convention service team.” Meanwhile, Westin St. Francis also named Joan Pata and Ryan Litsey senior convention sales managers for the United States. Pata will cover the Midwest market, while Litsey will cover the West. Veteran hotelier Steven DeFelice recently was appointed director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. DeFelice most recently was director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio and is a former sales executive at several Marriott properties. our clients expect from J.D. Power’s voice-of-the-customer marketing information and tools.” Marenas Resort Taps Maria Corona As Sales Director Conference center chain Benchmark Hospitality International recently named third-party meetings management firm executive Maria Corona director of sales at Marenas Resort, based in Sunny Isles Beach, a Florida barrier island north of Miami. Cimilluca replaces Steve Migliara, who will remain with Destination Hotels as director of sales and marketing at the Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C. Stuart Greif To Lead J.D. Power’s Travel Practice Westlake Village, Calif.-based market research and information firm J.D. Power and Associates appointed Stuart Greif as head of its global travel and hospitality practice, which incorporates the hotel, airport, airline and rental car sectors. Grief, who most recently led J.D. Power’s business development and strategic planning, will oversee efforts including travel and hospitality guest satisfaction surveys. “Stuart has played an important Westin St. Francis Names Four Sales, Convention Execs San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis recently named several new convention sales and service executives, including Hyatt, Marriott and Starwood veteran Dan Egan as its new director of sales and Bill Hedgepeth as its director of catering and convention services. Egan held positions at several Chicago-area hotels before serving as director of sales and marketing at 18 MeetingNews March 1, 2010 Corona’s 20-year career includes a stint as senior sales manager for “His 25 years of experience in hotel sales and marketing will help the resort to accomplish its marketing objectives and reach out to prospective guests,” said Jerry Westenhaver, general manager of the Hyatt Regency Tamaya. DeFelice will be responsible for the property’s “marketing and sales efforts, including advertising, brand management, sales, promotions and public relations,” the resort said. ❍

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Meeting News - March 1, 2010
Meetings Spotlight
Event Profile
Meeting People
Travel Dashboard
Construction Cites
MeetingNews Research
Citywide Meetings
Dateline: Florida
Mid-America Regional
Dateline: Tennessee

Meeting News - March 1, 2010