Gary Pugatch has joined Williams Hospitality Group of San Juan, PR, as vice president of sales and marketing. Pugatch, who will be based in Miami, had been area director of sales and marketing for the Westins of New England. Williams Hospitality Group owns and operates El San Juan Hotel & Casino, Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, and El Conquistador Resort & Country Club.
Bruno Huber has been named general manager of Baan Taling Ngam, the Mandarin Hotel Group's resort on Koh Samui, Thailand. Huber had been general manager of Le Meridien Baan Boran in Thailand's Golden Triangle.
Greg Stafford has been named vice president and managing director for the new Crowne Plaza Hotel Washington, DC. An 18-year veteran of the hotel industry, Stafford had been general manager of the Hilton Suites Oakbrook Terrace in Oak Brook Terrace, IL.
Marc W. Ellin was named general manager of the Grand Hyatt Washington (DC). Ellin joined Hyatt in 1988; most recently, he was general manager at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort.
Liz Lymanwas named to the newly created position of executive director of special events (a full-service destination management organization for all Opryland Hotel meeting groups) and Executive Conference Center (which handles all aspects of smaller meetings) at Opryland Hotel Convention Center, Nashville, TN. Lyman had been general sales manager for Opryland USA attractions.
Meghan Lewis Collinswas promoted to director of sales and marketing at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia. She had been associate director of sales. Prior to joining the Ritz-Carlton she had been national sales manager for the Westin St. Francis in San Francisco.
Brian Booth has joined the Hyatt Regency Dallas/Fort Worth at the DFW Airport as director of sales and marketing. He had been director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis.
Frank Morogiello was named managing director of commercial sales at American Airlines. Based in Dallas, he will handle national accounts and all corporate. Morogiello had been managing director of field corporate programs and special sales
Jose Luis Toledo was appointed director of sales for the five-star Melia Turquesa resort in Cancun, Mexico. He had been operations director and sales director for the Cancun Convention Center.
Ron Naples was named director of the Manhattan Conference Center and Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway in New York City. He had been with Smith Barney, where he rose to become the company's first vice president of conference services.
Delta Orlando Resortat Universal Studios Florida has promoted Linda Wiman from senior sales manager to associate director of sales. Also at the resort, Patty Toce has been promoted from tour and travel industry sales manager to senior sales manager, responsible for the corporate market in the USA, excluding the Northeast and Florida markets.
David C. Akinwas promoted to associate director of sales at The Breakers in Palm Beach, FL. He had been sales manager for New York corporate accounts, which he will continue to manage in his new position.
Debra A. Joseph has joined the Palm Coast (FL) Resort as associate director of sales, managing group sales. Previously, she had been national sales manager at Adam's Mark Resort in Daytona, FL.
Ralph Behrsin was named director of incentive sales at Patti Roscoe Associates (PRA), a destination management company with offices throughout Southern California. Behrsin, who had been director of incentive sales at the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA, will be based in PRA's Orange County office.
Carol Sonneman has joined the Colony Beach & Tennis Resort in Longboat Key, FL as national sales manager. She had been group sales manager at Belleview Mido Resort Hotel in Clearwater, FL.
Jeffrey Brucehas been named regional sales manager for the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Bruce has held sales positions with Stouffer Hotels, Oak Tree Hotels in Washington (DC), and Hyatt Resorts Hawaii.
Birgit Albicker-Rimpel has been named sales manager for the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, responsible for the eastern USA and Canada. She was formerly senior sales manager in the regional sales office of Kempinski Hotels.
Ronnie L. Burt, Jr. was named sales manager for the Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority convention development department. He will be responsible for booking corporate meetings. He had been casino host and assistant to the casino manager at Caesars Atlantic City.
Lindy Lowthrop is the new group sales manager at Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui's Kaanapali Beach. She will be based in the Westlake Village, CA office of Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts, owner of the resort, where she will focus on increasing Royal Lahaina's visibility among corporate and incentive groups. Lowthrop had held sales management positions at Blue Gem Sunglasses and Select Staffing in Oxnard, CA.
The Netherlands Board of Tourism has appointed Donna Jeannette incentive travel manager, based in the board's New York office. She had been in the marketing department at the Hungarian Convention Bureau in Budapest.
The Wyndham Anatole Hotelin Dallas has named two new conference managers, Michelle Hayter and Jim Richardson. Hayter had been convention services manager for the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas. Richardson had served as banquet manager at the Anatole for five years.