Katie Breheny has been named sales manager at the Wyndham Palace Resort & Spa in the Walt Disney World resort at Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Breheny will be responsible for the northeast market, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New England, with a concentration on the pharmaceutical market. Breheny previously was director of executive meetings at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami.
HEALTH CARE At MPE Communications, a health care communications and publishing company in Fair Lawn, N.J., three staff members have been promoted to the position of group program director: Carolyn D. Tillona, Joyceann Griggs, and Steven Segal. Each will be responsible for the development and supervision of all promotional and medical education program activities for his or her group.
Celeste D. McNair was named CME manager at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, after earning her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) title in July. McNair has worked for Jefferson Medical College in the Office of Continuing Medical Education for two years.
CONVENTION CENTERS & BUREAUS Sherri Thadeus has joined the Charlotte Convention and Visitors Bureau as national sales manager, based in the Washington, D.C., office. Thadeus most recently worked as a national sales executive at GES Exposition Services in its D.C. national sales office. Also at the Charlotte CVB, Michael Butts has been named senior vice president, sales and marketing. He was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for Signature Hospitality Resources, Inc. He'll be based in Charlotte.
Andrea Thompson is the new manager of One-Stop Chicago, which assists conference attendees with housing and transportation and with conference registration, at the Chicago Convention and Tourism Bureau. Thompson was previously national sales director for Innkeepers Hospitality/ Hampton Inn, based in Schaumberg, Ill.
HOTELS AND TRAVEL Jack Schmidt has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Benchmark Hospitality. Schmidt joined Benchmark in 1992 and served as director of sales and marketing at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Va. He will be based in The Woodlands, Texas, company home office.
At the newly constructed, $100 million Hilton Boston Logan Air-port, on schedule to open this month, Beth Stehley has taken on the role of director of sales and marketing. Stehley had worked for Westin Hotels & Resorts as director of sales and national sales manager, and for the Sheraton Boston Hotel & Towers as director of corporate sales and national sales manager.
David B. Swift has joined the Westin Riverwalk, San Antonio (Texas), as director of sales and marketing. He comes to the Riverwalk from the Deerfield Beach/Boca Raton Hilton, a Starwood Lodging Corp. property.
David A. Bagwell has been named director of marketing at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Bagwell joined the resorts' sales team in May, coming from the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he was vice president and general manager.
Gregory J. Martinez has been named director of sales for MeriStar Resorts' Sanibel and Captiva (Fla.) properties, including South Seas Resort, Sundial Beach Resort, and Sanibel Inn. Martinez was most recently director of group sales at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas.
Barry Brown, formerly director of marketing with the Ritz-Carlton, Naples (Fla.), is now director of marketing for The Registry Resort, Naples. Also at the Registry, Doug Bowe has joined as director of sales. Bowe was formerly director of marketing at the Renaissance Orlando.
At the Sheraton Boston Hotel, MaryGrace McCaffrey has joined as director of group and convention sales. McCaffrey was previously New England area director of sales and marketing for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.
Tracey Latkovic has been promoted from associate director of sales to director of sales at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Ariz.
MEETING SERVICES The Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) Board recently appointed Colleen A. Rickenbacher, CMP, as the new chair of the program and Linda J. Schoene, CMP, as vice chair. Rickenbacher is vice president event planning for the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau. Schoene is director of sales at Astrodome USA in Houston.