Timothy M. Strobl has been named director of sales at the Nashville (Tenn.) Convention Center. Strobl has spent seven years at the convention center, most recently as interim director of sales.

Stephanie Wilkes has been named national sales manager for the Pasadena (Calif.) Convention & Visitors Bureau. She will market Pasadena's meeting facilities, including the Pasadena Conference & Exhibition Center, to medical organizations around the country.

Daniel J. Ouimet has been named director, Midwest region sales, at the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau. Ouimet previously served as convention sales manager for the Chicago Hilton & Towers.

Jeff Hewitt has joined the Tampa/Hillsborough (Fla.) Convention and Visitors Association as director of convention sales. Hewitt comes from The Registry Resort in Naples, Fla., where he was director of sales.

Doris Sims has been promoted to director of convention services and housing at the Louisville (Ky.) and Jefferson County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Vicki Esponge recently joined the staff at Knox-ville/Knox County (Tenn.) County Tourist Commission as a sales manager. Esponge will be responsible for the corporate meetings market. She was most recently sales manager at the Hilton Knoxville Airport.

Wanda Collier-Wilson has been appointed executive director of the Metro Jackson (Miss.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. Collier-Wilson began her career with the bureau in 1983 and has held almost every position with the organization since. She is the first African-American to hold this position in the bureau's history.

Marie Fuehner has joined the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau, in Covington, Ky., as director of convention and visitor services. She was most recently general manager for Prime Hospitality's AmeriSuites North in Cincinnati.

HOTELS & TRAVEL Diana O'Dell has been promoted to senior sales manager at the Delta Orlando Resort. She is responsible for the SMERF market for the resort, located at Maingate at Universal Studios Florida.

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 take on the same responsibilites 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.

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.

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.

Simon Firmin has been named director of marketing at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Before coming to Phil-adelphia, Firmin was director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton, Chicago.

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.

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.