Ben Soto has been named senior vice president at Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts. He is responsible for overseeing operation of the Adam's Mark Denver, and will soon oversee operations for two new acquisitions in Colorado Springs and Grand Junction, Colo. Soto was most recently general manager at the Hyatt Regency Tech Center in Denver.
Michael Williams has been appointed director of corporate development and sales at SRS Worldhotels. Williams previously worked for Pan Pacific Hotels and Resorts as regional director of sales for the Eastern region.
James Joseph (J.J.) Doran has been appointed vice president of worldwide sales at Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. He will focus on group sales in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Prior to joining Preferred, Doran was president of Synergi Global Travel, formerly SRG International, a consortium of international travel agencies in North America, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.
Bruce J. Hamlin is director of sales and marketing at the new Sheraton Rittenhouse Square Hotel in Philadelphia. For the past five years, Hamlin has served as director of sales at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park, also in Philadelphia.
Jeanine Parrigan Payne has been promoted associate director of sales at the Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World Resort at Downtown Disney. Prior to her promotion, Payne served as national sales manager for the resort. In addition to her new responsibilities, she will continue to handle sales for Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
Simon Firmin has been named director of marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Before coming to Philadelphia, Firmin was director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.
Alvin Bettcher has been appointed director of sales and marketing at Seaside, on Florida's Northwest coast. Bettcher most recently was vice president of sales and marketing at the Florida Resort at Sandestin.
Andy So has been promoted to director of sales at the Renaissance Harbour View Hotel in Hong Kong. Susanna Yung was promoted to assistant director of sales at the hotel.
The Floridian Hotel in Orlando has named Neal McFarland director of sales and marketing. McFarland comes to The Floridian from the Embassy Suites International Drive/Jamaican Court, also in Orlando, where he was director of marketing since 1991.
Catherine J. Faber joins the Carmel (Calif.) Valley Ranch as sales manager. She will handle group sales in the Midwestern region. Faber previously worked at Quail Lodge in Carmel, most recently as sales manager.
Debbie Jordan has been appointed sales manager at the New Orleans Marriott Hotel. She will be responsible for group travel accounts based in the Southeast, eastern and western United States, and Washington, D.C. Jordan previously served as sales manager at the San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina.
Shane Weaver recently was named director of sales at the Tampa Marriott Waterside. Weaver, a 10-year veteran with Marriott International, had been director of sales the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter.
Chris Slaughter has been promoted to director of sales for The Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. He will handle corporate accounts.
Paula Shong Wilber has been promoted to director of group sales for Safety Harbor (Fla.) Resort and Spa, where she will oversee a sales team of five.
Bill Baumler has been named director of national accounts at Marriott's Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Baumler comes to the resort from the Nashville Airport Marriott in Tennessee, where he was director of sales.
Scott Farfone has joined the group sales team at Kiawah Island (S.C.) Golf & Tennis Resort. He will concentrate on the Southeast region of the United States. Farfone was previously assistant reservations manager and guest service agent at the resort.
Jean Emi Nakanishi has been promoted to the newly created position of group sales manager at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki. She was previously convention services manager.
Stacia A. Barton, CMP, who was recently appointed to the position of destination services sales manager, will oversee the new Destination Services Department at The Boulders, in Carefree, Ariz. Barton joins The Boulders from the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, where she was catering sales/convention services manager.