ConventionSouth

JUL 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U L Y 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 8 Florida New Executive Director Of Sales MIAMI BEACH — Fon- tainebleau Miami Beach recently appointed Kevin Bryant as executive director of sales for the 1,504-room, 22-acre oceanfront resort. "We are thrilled to have Kevin Bryant take on a new role as exec- utive director of sales," said Philip Goldfarb, president and chief operating officer of the Fontaine- bleau Miami Beach. "Combining years of hotel experience with a demonstrated under- standing of our prop- erty, Kevin will play an important role in the growth and success of Fontainebleau Miami Beach." Bryant was previously director of sales and revenue management at the property and served as cor- porate director of revenue man- agement at Fontainebleau's parent company, Turnberry Associates. Additionally, he has held positions at Boca Raton Resort & Club as director of revenue management and at Registry Resort in Naples as revenue manager. Executive Management Team Expanded ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH — The Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Au- gustine Beach Oceanfront Resort recently appointed Liz Hogan as senior sales manager and Jessica Pekarik as catering sales manager. Scheduled to open early this fall, the 175-room, all-suite hotel will offer 20,000 square feet of meeting space, including a 5,200-square-foot oceanfront ballroom with outdoor terraces, and expansive waterfront lawns for events. "With these latest appointments, we've added exceptional service, deep industry knowledge and great contacts to our already solid foundation," said General Manager Jason Kern. Hogan was previously sales manager at the AAA Four Diamond Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., and was confer- ence services manager at the Ham- mock Beach Resort and convention services manager at the Hilton Daytona Beach Oceanfront Resort for, combined, nearly 10 years. Pekarik was previously catering sales manager with the Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront. Situated 10 minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine and adjacent to the St. Augustine Pier, the property will include an infinity-style oceanfront pool and a splash park for children; Harvest & Reel, featuring locally sourced and specialty seafood; the Rhum Bar; a full-service Starbucks Café; Provisions of Ponce, a 24/7 market; and the Sea Glass Mercantile boutique retail store. South Carolina New Sales Managers at Sea Pines Resort HILTON HEAD ISLAND — Ben Chambers and Chris De Vincen- tis have been named group sales managers at The Sea Pines Resort. Chambers joins the team as senior sales manager and will support the group sales team tasked with attract- ing new business to the resort. He was previously associate director of sales at the Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa. De Vincentis was previously sales manager at the Westin Hilton Head and has also worked in finance, hotel operations and convention services throughout his hospitality career. He will over- see group sales in 23 states. "We are thrilled to welcome Ben and Chris to our sales team," said John Munro, vice president of hos- pitality, resort sales and marketing for The Sea Pines Resort. "With their combined talents and skill, we are confident that we'll be able to attract more group business to our resort and provide our customers with the unforgettable experiences to which they are accustomed when meeting at Sea Pines Resort." The 605-acre Sea Pines Resort features 300 villas, 100 rental homes and the 60-room Inn & Club at Harbour Town, a Forbes Four- Star boutique hotel and Preferred Hotel Group member. Texas New PURE Wellness Guest Rooms AUSTIN — The 168-room Lakeway Resort and Spa recently added PURE wellness rooms to its accommodation selections, which offer premium air quality through a patented purification process to create an allergy-friendly and wellness-centered experience. across the OKLAHOMA CITY — Ground-breaking ceremonies for the MAPS 3 Convention Center took place June 15, with Mayor David Holt, rep- resentatives from the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), and other civic leaders in attendance. A cornerstone of the ongoing Core to Shore renaissance in down- town Oklahoma City, the convention center is a $288 million project, which will feature modern design, sweeping downtown views, and materials designed for energy efficiency and resiliency against the weather. A 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall will dominate the ground floor and there will be 45,000 square feet of meeting space throughout the building, which is due to be completed in 2020. A 30,000-square- foot ballroom on the fourth level will be complemented by 10,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 4,000-square-foot balcony. Wayfinding stations inside and outside the convention center will be interactive. Landscaping outside the convention center will use native plants and trees well-suited to the local climate, with a focus on sustainability, comfort and beauty. A central plaza and other outdoor spaces will be available for group functions. A skywalk will connect the building to the future Omni hotel, which is being developed to complement and support the convention center and is also expected to be finished in 2020. Additionally, the center will be served by the OKC Streetcar. The city has a marketing contract with the CVB for securing events to be booked at the convention center and a con- tract with SMG for facility man- agement. n MAPS 3 Convention Center Ground Breaking Bryant

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