Gary Pugatch has joined The Lucayan in Grand Bahama Island as vice president of sales and marketing. The resort is opening in December. Pugatch had been vice president of sales and marketing for Wyndham El Conquistador Resort in Puerto Rico, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, and Williams Hospitality Group.
Ivan Colon has been promoted to director of sales and marketing for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Pa. Colon joined Nemacolin last year as director of sales. Previously, he had been associate director of sales and director of catering at Inverness Hotel and Golf Club in Englewood, Colo.
Patti Mottolese has been named regional director of sales for Destination Hotels & Resorts, and will head up the company's new national sales office in New York. Mottolese had been director of global insurance sales for Starwood Hotels & Resorts and, before that, director of insurance market development for Westin Hotels & Resorts. Also at DH&R, Charysse Wiley was named regional director of sales and will lead the new San Francisco sales office. She had been director of national accounts for the Westin St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco. The DH&R portfolio of 22 hotels includes the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, Inverness Hotel & Golf Club near Denver, Eden Roc Resort & Spa in Miami Beach, and Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Ore.
Judy Parker has been named senior account executive in Marriott's Midwest national account office, where she will handle the insurance and financial services market. She had been director of national accounts at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. She also held the position of senior sales manager for Marriott's Offshore Resorts. Marriott International also announced the promotion of Diane Kaufman to the position of director of incentive and travel intermediary sales, Marriott National Accounts. Working out of Atlanta, she will coordinate the efforts of the four national account offices. Previously Diane was sales manager in Marriott's Southeast national account office in Atlanta.
Laura Gydesen has been named director of sales, Midwest, for KSL Recreation Corporation, owner/operator of resorts including La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, Calif., Grand Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui, and the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. She joins KSL's Chicago office from the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, where she was associate director of sales.
Rick Evans is the new director of insurance sales at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa on Maui. Evans had been national sales manager for Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston, S.C., where he handled the insurance market.
Scott Jernstrom has been named director of sales at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, which will open next February. He had been director of national accounts for the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D. C.
Brad Johnson has been named national account manager for Sonesta Hotels, Resorts & Nile Cruises, based in Sonesta's Midwest sales office in Chicago. He had been senior sales manager at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
Linda Hwong has been named senior sales manager at the JW Marriott Hotel in Washington, D.C., handling the insurance market and corporate and association accounts in the Midwest. She had been sales manager at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly, Va.
Kelly Kuczynksi has been named national sales manager for Resort Semiahmoo in Blaine, Wash. She had been the Chicago-based national sales manager for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort & Spa in Farmington, Pa.
Lynda Lencioni has been named regional vice president for HelmsBriscoe, based in the company's Chicago office. Lencioni, who has been a HelmsBriscoe associate for six years, joins a team of 22 regional vice presidents who oversee regional activities of the site selection and conference planning firm. The company has also announced a milestone with the naming of Jennifer Settle as its 225th associate. Settle joins HelmsBriscoe after 24 years in sales positions at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado, Calif.