Convention Bureaus R.J. (Jim) Henderson has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at the Anchorage (AK) Convention & Visitors Bureau. He had been director of convention sales.
At the Charlotte (NC) Convention & Visitors Bureau, John Wilusz is the new vice president of convention sales. He was formerly senior vice president, sales and marketing for WorldTravel Trade Shows & Conventions in Dallas.
Teresa Bender and Andrea Ellis were named corporate sales managers at the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau (NOMCVB). Bender was previously corporate sales manager for the Holiday Inn Downtown Superdome in New Orleans; Ellis was convention sales assistant at NOMCVB.
Boyd Christenson has been appointed the first exclusive U.S. sales representative for the Adelaide (Australia) Convention Centre. He is the former U.S. sales manager for the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Christenson will continue to be based in St. Paul, MN.
Naohiko Sasaki has joined the Japan National Tourist Organization's New York office as director. He had been involved with transport and tourism policy at Japan's Ministry of Transport in Tokyo.
Hotels & Travel Gary Pugatch was named vice president of sales and marketing for the San Juan-based Williams Hospitality Group, owners and operators of El San Juan Hotel & Casino, Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino, and El Conquistador Resort & Country Club. Based in the company's Miami regional office, Pugatch is the former area director of sales and marketing for the Westins of New England, including the Westin Copley Place in Boston, the Westin Waltham, and the Westin Providence Hotel.
Janis Cannon was named senior vice-president, global sales for Swissotel, overseeing sales at the chain's 16 hotels and 25 sales offices worldwide. Cannon, who will be based in New York, was vice president of sales and marketing for Swissotel North America. Now filling the position of vice president of sales, the Americas for Swissotel is David Taylor, who had served as director of sales and marketing for Swissotel, Boston. Replacing Taylor in Boston is Jonathan Crellin, who was director of sales and marketing at Boston's Omni Parker House Hotel.
James Schultenover has been appointed vice president of sales and marketing for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in Atlanta. He joins Ritz-Carlton from Omni Hotels, where he was senior vice president of sales and marketing.
Roberto Sarmiento has been promoted to divisional director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Hotels Corporation. The former director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Sarmiento will continue to be based at the Atlanta property. Replacing Sarmiento at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta is Joseph DeMille, formerly director of sales at the Hyatt Regency Washington.
ITT Sheraton has appointed Kay Heder vice president of Sheraton Marketing Corporation, a title she adds to her current designation of director of national corporate meeting sales.
Jo Axelrod is the new executive director of the group and incentive department for Club Med, North America in Scottsdale, AZ. She had been director of travel industry sales manager and director of business travel for the Ritz-Carlton Hotels in Atlanta and St. Louis.
M. Rodd Herron was named director of the Westin Hotels & Resorts sales office in Omaha, NE. He was previously director of sales for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts' national sales department.
Mike Islava was named director of sales and marketing for the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Maui. He had been director of sales at the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington (CA).
Frank Ruggeri III has joined Tucson (AZ) National Golf Resort & Spa as director of sales and marketing. He was formerly director of sales and marketing at Sedona's Enchantment Resort.
The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, TN has appointed Rebecca Dinstuhl director of sales and marketing. She had been general manager of the Ridgeway Inn in Memphis.
Gay Haynes was named director of sales for the Inverness Hotel & Golf Club in Englewood, CO. She joins Inverness from Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL, where she was director of sales.
Debbie Antonio was named sales manager at the Omni Rosen Hotel in Orlando, FL. She will handle the insurance market and the Northeast U.S. Antonio had been sales manager at the Clarion Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
At the Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel in Dana Point, CA Jeanne Reilly was named national incentive sales manager. She formerly handled the incentive market for The Walt Disney World Company's 12 hotels, four theme parks, and three water parks.
Angel La Fontaine has been appointed director of sales for the Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino in San Juan, PR. La Fontaine had been senior director of sales and services for the San Juan Puerto Rico Convention Bureau.
Esther Chan recently joined the New World Harbour View in Hong Kong as assistant director of sales. She had been senior sales manager at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza Harbour View (now the Grand Stanford Harbour View) in Hong Kong.
Catherine McNabb was named director of sales and marketing at the Yangtze New World Hotel in Shanghai, China. She was previously director of marketing at the Jing Guang New World Hotel in Beijing. n