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JUN 2017

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J U N E 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 11 playing Stewart's personal trophies, scorecards, apparel, equipment and photos. Oklahoma New Associate Director of Sales OKLAHOMA CITY — The Okla- homa City Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently announced Keith Talbert as the new associate director of sales. He will mentor the sales team and market Oklahoma City as a convention destination to the association market. "Keith brings significant sales experience to the CVB and the OKC hospitality industry," said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City CVB. "His industry experience and sales background, paired with OKC's growth and momentum, made him a perfect fit for our team." Prior to joining the OKC CVB, Talbert worked for Visit Wichita for seven years in several sales roles, as well as the Nashville CVB for the Mid-Atlantic market. Texas New Director of Sales & Marketing AUSTIN — Jay Spurr has been selected as director of sales and marketing for the JW Marriott Austin. He brings nearly 30 years of hospitality experience to this new position and will be primarily responsible for leading the hotel's sales and marketing team with expanded responsibilities, including supporting the new Austin Marriott Downtown, set to begin construc- tion this year. Spurr previously served as director of sales and marketing for JW Marriott Austin from 2011 – 2015. "I'm thrilled to be returning to Austin and to the JW Marriott Aus- tin team," Spurr said. "The team has accomplished so much within the first few years of operation, and I'm looking forward to all that is on the horizon for both the hotel and White Lodging within the city of Austin." New Sports Marketing Director FORT WORTH — Jason A. Sands was recently named the sports mar- keting director for the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau (FWCVB). Sands previously served as the executive director of the Evansville Sports Corporation for four years. "I am pleased to announce Jason Sands as the newest member of the Fort Worth CVB team," said John Cychol, vice president of meeting sales. "Jason's expertise is a great asset to our sports marketing efforts as we continue to foster an even stronger culture of sports within our community." Sands will lead efforts to further distinguish Fort Worth as a leading sports destination by attracting new events and cultivating resources that support youth, amateur and college competition. Executive Team Announced FRISCO — With its July 2017 grand opening fast approaching, the Omni Frisco Hotel recently announced several members of its executive team. "The naming of our executive team is a huge milestone for the development and moves us even closer to the much-anticipated opening of the Omni Frisco Hotel, which will serve as a lifestyle hub for all of North Texas," said Jeff Smith, the hotel's general manager. "I have been with the brand for nearly 25 years and can say with confidence that this group represents some of the finest talent ever assem- bled in our industry." The executive team includes: Lexy Coley, director of opera- tions, who joins the Omni Frisco Hotel from its sister property, the Omni Dallas Hotel, where she held several director level posi- tions since 2011. Ken Woods, who will serve as the director of finance, previously served in that role at the Omni Man- dalay Hotel at Las Colinas. Gayla Guyse, director of sales and marketing, who will be re- sponsible for overseeing all sales and marketing efforts including managing, developing and imple- menting strategies that drive group, catering, business and leisure travel revenue. She has held a number of leadership roles at Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West. Justin McNeely, director of engineering, who previously served in that role at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West. Dave Ricci, director of human resources, who joins the Omni Frisco Hotel from Omni Austin Hotel Downtown. Michael Salerno, general manager for Neighborhood Services, who will oversee all financial, managerial and oper- ational aspects of the American fare dining establishment. A North Texas native, he joins Omni from his role as general manager for Neighborhood Services in Addison, Texas. As the cornerstone of The Star, home of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters and Ford Center, the 16-story Omni Frisco Hotel will feature 300 guest rooms and suites, and 24,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 13,000-square- foot ballroom. n LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort has completed a $5 million renovation of its 329,000 square feet of meeting space, refreshing every meeting room at both the Swan and Dolphin hotels. The renovation in- cluded new technology, and updated carpeting and paint in the meeting spaces. The meeting space refresh is part of the resort's multi-phase, multi-year $140 million redesign project. The project also includes the transformation of all 2,267 guest rooms and the lobby in the Dolphin hotel, scheduled for completion in fall of 2017. The new lobby will be a sleek, contemporary space featuring new dining and beverage options, including a bar and lounge. The Swan guest rooms were renovated in 2015. n Meeting Space Redesign Completed

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