Todd Sherstad has been appointed director of sales and marketing, brand strategy, for Marriott Conference Centers. He will be based in Washington, D.C. A 20-year Marriott veteran, he previously served as resident manager with the St. Louis Marriott Pavilion in Missouri.

The Marriott Cool Springs Hotel and Cool Springs Conference Center in Franklin, Tenn., scheduled to open July 1, 1999, has announced two appointments. Randy Whiteside has been named director of marketing. He formerly served as director of marketing with the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Charlotte, N.C. Mike Bruno has joined as senior sales manager.

The Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center in Peachtree City, Ga., has named Kathy Boyd director of conference planning. She joins from the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel & Resort in Palm Springs, Calif., where she served as senior meeting service manager.

The newly opened Gran Melia Caracas Hotel Suites Conference Center in Caracas, Venezuela, has appointed Simone B. Lara director of sales. Previously, Lara served as assistant director of sales for the Melia Sao Paulo Hotel WTC Convention Center in Sao Paulo, Brazil.