OCT 2017

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O C T O B E R 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 9 Smith began his career with Hyatt in 1978, joining Hyatt's Corporate Management Training Program at Hyatt Regency Wash- ington on Capitol Hill. Since then, Smith has worked at Hyatt properties across the country. North Carolina New Executive Chef WILMINGTON — In Septem- ber, Don Vilain became the new executive chef for the Wilming- ton Convention Center (WCC), bringing more than two decades of culinary experience, including positions at resorts in Pine- hurst and at Wilm- ington-area restaurants. Recently, he was executive chef of the Bridgeport Conference Center and corporate chef for Charles Pointe Hospital- ity, both located in his hometown of Clarksburg, W.V. Scott Frazzetta, WCC director of food and beverage, anticipates Vilain's creative culinary vision and experience in large-scale fine dining to further elevate the WCC's culinary reputation. The maritime-themed, LEED Silver WCC offers meeting capabilities from 20 to 2,000 people and is the anchor for Wilmington's new Convention District. Tennessee General Manager Selected NASHVILLE — Hugh Temple- man was recently named general manager of The Westin Nash- ville. He has more than three de- cades of experience working in both luxury and lifestyle hotels, most recently as regional vice president for the Viceroy Hotel Group, and will lead the operation of the property. "Hugh's history of working with both international and do- mestic luxury hotel brands, such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Four Seasons, has added an excellent element to the Westin Nashville and we believe his experience makes him the perfect fit for this position," said Ray Waters, vice president of Castlerock Asset Management, which owns and manages the property. Located near the city's enter- tainment district and adjacent to the Music City Center, The Westin Nashville has 454 guest rooms and 20,000 square feet of event space, including pre-func- tion areas, and 12 meeting venues. The Vanderbilt Ballroom offers reception seating for up to 500 guests. Texas Brand Development Manager Selected THE WOODLANDS — Ashley White was recently named brand development manager for Visit The Woodlands. She is respon- sible for managing all marketing and public relations efforts for Visit The Woodlands, including advertising, special promotions and social engagement. "Ashley's multifaceted back- ground perfectly prepares her for this role," said Nick Wolda, pres- ident of Visit The Woodlands. "Her combined experience in digital strategy, partner market- ing and content management will be a great asset to our team." White was formerly the digital communications manager for the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau, a position she held for 10 years. During that time, she led the organization's digital and social strategies, as well as de- veloped and managed content for the Insider's Guide, a blog for visitors to the area. She was also responsible for email marketing, partner communications and database management. n FORT LAUDERDALE — Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach opened in September, offering 290 suites and 10,000 square feet of meeting space. The oceanfront resort, situated on Fort Lauderdale's North Beach, also offers four dining and bar experiences, a full-service spa and a 20,000-square-foot ocean-facing pool deck. "As Fort Lauderdale Beach heats up, we recognize that this city is evolving with a new focus on opulence, style and sophistication. The resort is at the helm of this movement and our guarantee to locals and travelers is that we will bring an unparalleled ambiance for guests to stay inspired," said Chin- tan Dadhich, general manager. "By honoring and embracing the community, our vision is to provide intuitive service and tailored luxury by collaborating with locals to create programs and offerings that pay tribute to South Florida's yacht and beach culture." Designed by the late renowned architect Michael Graves, known for iconic postmodern architecture, the hotel features nautical décor, around-the-clock concierge service, fire pits, cabanas, and artisanal libations and cuisine. Meeting space can accommodate up to 500 attendees. n Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach Opens Templeman Vilain

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