▪ CHANGING FACES
Concurrent with Millennium Hotels and Resorts' relocation of its management headquarters from Washington, D.C., to New York City, Paul T. Underhill has been given responsibility for U.S. operations, which includes 13 four-star Millennium branded hotels. As president for Millennium Hotels and Resorts, the Americas, Underhill replaces Robert Morse, who has joined MeriStar Hotels & Resorts as president, hotel operations.
Chet Carroll has been named sales manager for Westin Mission Hills Resort, Rancho Mirage, Calif. He had been senior sales manager at Caribe Royal Resort Suites in Orlando, Fla.
David J. Sargent has been named director of sales and marketing for The Westin New York at Times Square, which is scheduled to open in November. Sargent was most recently director of sales and marketing for Sheraton Hotels of New York.
Bill Pennington has been appointed regional sales manager at World Golf Village Renaissance Resort in St. Augustine, Fla. Pennington will be responsible for group business in the mid-Atlantic region for the 300-room resort. He had been sales manager for Adam's Mark Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla.
Bruce Seigel has been named director of marketing at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort, Fla., opening in summer 2003. He was formerly director of sales and marketing at The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis. The resort will have 33,000 square feet of meeting space, as well as an 18-hole Greg Norman — designed championship golf course.
David Berwick, CMP, has been appointed director of the newly established destination services department at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn. The department was formed to provide on-site staff to help meeting planners design and implement meetings. Berwick was named 1996 Meeting Professional of the Year by the New England chapter of Meeting Professionals International.
At Pine Mountain, Ga.'s, Callaway Gardens Resort, Joe Henry has been named director of operations. Henry spent nearly 25 years at Nashville's Opryland Hotel, most recently as manager.
Mark W. Thomas has been appointed national sales manager at the Greensboro (N.C.) Convention and Visitors Bureau. He will be responsible for sales in Chicago, New York, and other major cities.
Randy Parker has been appointed director of sales and marketing for the 398-room Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Ariz. Parker was most recently director of sales and marketing at Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
At the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix, Geoffrey Cooke has been named national sales manager. He had been director of national accounts for more than 10 years at International Conference Resorts in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Don Jones has been named director of marketing for The Pierre, a Four Seasons Hotel in New York City. Jones joins the Pierre from Dean & Deluca, where he was vice president of sales for its business-to-business division.
Linda Kamp has been promoted to senior national sales manager, and Julie Ryczak has been named national sales manager, at the 1,334-room Rosen Centre hotel, adjacent to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Kamp will be responsible for sales in the Washington, D.C., area, while Ryczak will handle sales in the southeastern United States.
Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa, a 155-room boutique hotel in Santa Rosa, Calif., has appointed Susan Dunn senior sales manager. Before coming to Vineyard Creek, Dunn was senior sales manager at several San Francisco properties, including the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.
At JW Marriott Orlando, Fla., Grande Lakes Resort, Jane M. Chaney, CMP, has been appointed director of marketing. For the past three years, Chaney has been vice president of convention sales and services for the Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Angela Willard has been promoted to director of conference services at Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Naples, Fla. Willard had been conference planning manager at the hotel since 1999.
▪ GOING PLACES
Scheduled for a summer 2003 opening, the JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes Resort, Orlando, Fla., will have 1,000 rooms. The property will be in a 500-acre resort complex that includes a 584-room Ritz-Carlton hotel, a 40,000-square-foot spa, and an 18-hole golf course designed by Greg Norman. The hotel's 72,000 square feet of flexible meeting space will include a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and a 20,000-square-foot ballroom. In addition, there will be two boardrooms, 23 conference rooms, and an additional 62,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space. Professional meeting assistance will be on-site. www.marriott.com
Six miles from downtown Los Angeles and 30 minutes from Disneyland, the new Crowne Plaza Los Angeles-Commerce Casino is about to open. The 220-room hotel will offer high-speed Internet access, voice mail, and on-demand video in all guest rooms. The 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space will offer 11 meeting rooms, including a 13,600-square-foot ballroom that can seat 1,430 people. The hotel will also include a full-service spa and a 24-hour casino. www.crowneplaza.com
Adam's Mark Hotels & Resorts is scheduled to complete its $45 million expansion of the Adam's Mark Daytona Beach Resort, Fla. The new North Tower will add 306 guest rooms, bringing the hotel's total rooms to 746. A ground level, covered walkway will connect the existing hotel to the new tower. More than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space have been added, including an 18,000-square-foot ballroom, bringing function space to a total of 60,000 square feet. A new swimming pool, full-service sports bar, and health club have also been part of the expansion.
With its $25 million renovation and expansion, the Sheraton Station Square Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa., has added a 97,000-square-foot, nine-story addition that includes 104 new guest rooms and eight new meeting rooms. The hotel's guest rooms now total 396, and all the original rooms and hallways have been completely refurbished. The Sheraton now has 21 meeting rooms plus an executive boardroom, and can accommodate up to 1,000 meeting attendees. A new pool and exercise room have also been added. www.sheraton.com
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, on the Gulf of Mexico in Sandestin, Fla., has embarked on a three-phase expansion plan. The 28-acre Village of Baytowne Wharf, a pedestrian village with 42 retail and food and beverage merchants, will open Memorial Day weekend and include 175 new village accommodations. The Baytowne Conference Center will open in spring 2003 and will feature 32,000 square feet of meeting space, bringing the resort's total meeting square footage to 65,000. Also opening in spring 2003 is the Grand Sandestin, a 12-story resort hotel with 150 guest rooms. When all expansions are complete, the resort will offer 1,500 guest rooms, four golf courses, 15 tennis courts, four swimming pools, a restaurant, and the new pedestrian village. www.sandestin.com
Suburban Chicago's Indian Lakes Resort is undergoing an $18 million renovation. The 260-acre resort in Bloomingdale, Ill., recently completed a full redesign and renovation of its garden-level ballrooms. The property's 30,000-square-foot conference center, which is connected to the hotel, can accommodate up to 2,000 attendees. Renovations to the center's upper ballrooms, waterfall atrium, and breakout areas are also nearing completion. The resort has an additional 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space. The upgrading of the property's two 18-hole championship golf courses and redesign of all 308 guest rooms, food and beverage outlets, and public areas is scheduled for completion this spring. www.indianlakesresort.com