John Q. Hammons Hotels, Inc., headquartered in Springfield, MO, has named James A. Miller vice president of sales and. He had been area director of sales and marketing with Westin Hotels & Resorts in Chicago.
The Westin La Cantera Resort in San Antonio, TX , scheduled to open in 1999, has named John O'Hearn director of sales and marketing. Previously, he served as director of sales and marketing for the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort in San Antonio.
Amita Patel has joined the Holiday Inn Pasadena (CA) as director of sales and marketing. Formerly, she served as director of sales and marketing with the Doubletree Hotel Ontario (CA).
Uton Bright has been appointed director of sales and marketing for Swept Away Resort in Negril, Jamaica. He had been director of sales for Harbour Village Beach Resort in Bonaire.
The Wyndham Safari Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, has named Barbara Schmaelzle director of sales and marketing. She will also maintain her current position as director of marketing for the Courtyard by Marriott in the Walt Disney World Resort, which is under the same management company as the Wyndham.
The Welk Resort Center in San Diego has named Jeanette Eddery director of sales and marketing. She had been director of sales with the Horton Grand Hotel, also in San Diego.
Oliver Bonke has joined the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ, as director of sales and marketing. Previously he served as director of sales and marketing with the Sheraton Key West in Florida.
Jill Rodemyer has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at the Best Western Inn of Chicago. She had been director of sales.
The Triumph Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel, North York, in Toronto, has appointed Jennifer Kirsh director of sales. She had been director of sales at the Quality Hotel & Suites, also in Toronto.
Gary Scholl has been promoted to director of sales at Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, FL. A 14-year Marriott veteran, he had been director of sales.
The Grenelefe Golf & Tennis Resort in Haines City, FL, has announced three appointments. Robert J. Filipelli has been appointed director of sales and marketing. He had been director of sales at the Point Hilton in Phoenix. Megan Ditka has joined as director of national accounts. She had been senior sales manager at the Pointe Hilton Resorts in Phoenix. Brad Penrith has been named assistant director of sales. Penrith, who will handle the Midwest association market as well as small meetings, also joins from Pointe Hilton Resorts in Phoenix, where he served as national sales manager.
Carmel Valley Ranch in Carmel, CA, has named Peggy M. Drakes sales manager. Drakes, who will handle the east coast association market, joins from the Monterey (CA) Plaza Hotel, where she was sales manager.
The Grand Hyatt San Francisco has named Alexander M. Willow meeting connection manager. Willow joins from the Radisson Denver South, where he most recently served as individual travel sales manager.
Jody Ryerson has been named sales manager at The Pan Pacific Hotel in San Francisco. She most recently served as group sales manager at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, San Francisco.
Janice Neavitt has been promoted to director of sales and marketing at the Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers. She had been director of sales.
The Emory Conference Center Hotel has announced two appointments. Stephanie Denham has been named association sales manager for the Emory Conference Center Hotel, the Emory Inn, and the D. Abbot Turner Center. Formerly, she had served as convention sales manager for the Gwinnett (GA) Convention & Visitors Bureau. Peter Regan has been selected as director of sales and marketing for the Emory Conference Center. Previously, he was director of sales for the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City.
Kelli Dindinger-Hill has been promoted to sales manager at the Alyeska Resort and the Westin Alyeska Prince Hotel in Alyeska, AK. Dindinger-Hill, who will handle the association market, had been marketing assistant with the sales and marketing department.
The Radisson Plaza Hotel at Mark Center in Alexandria, VA, has appointed Bo Craig as association sales manager. She had been association sales manager with the Crowne Plaza Hotel Washington, DC.
Matt Jensen has been named director of sales for Hotel Monaco Seattle, which opened in August. He had been director of sales for Hotel Monaco's sister hotel in San Francisco.
Marriott Lodging in Washington, DC, has announced three staff changes. Todd Clist and Ed Fuller have been named presidents, market management. Clist had been executive vice president. Fuller had been executive vice president and managing director. Fred Miller has been appointed vice president, Renaissance sales integration, responsible for coordinating sales of Marriott's newly acquired Renaissance, New World, and Ramada International hotel brands. Miller most recently served as vice president of retail sales at Renaissance Hotels & Resorts in Cleveland.
Christopher Clark has been promoted to vice president/general manager of Forbes Management Conference Group in New York. He had been vice president/director of sales.
Christina Deeny is sales and marketing director at The Merrion in Dublin, Ire land, which just opened this September. Previously, Deeny was director of sales at The Dorchester in London.
George Aguel has been elected to the Meeting Professionals International (MPI) board of directors. Aguel is the vice president of resort/park sales and services for Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL.