SEP 2018

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²ConventionSouth ² S E P T E M B E R 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 General Manager Appointed DAYTONA BEACH — Androse Bell was recently named general manager of the Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach, a 200-room beach- front property with 20,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, which opened in May. "We're fortunate to have had Androse as part of our hotel team from construction through grand opening," said Efrain Silva, vice president of operations for Summit Hospitality Management Group. "He's very familiar with the brand, the destination and our company culture, which has allowed him to step into this position with no ramp-up time needed." Previously, Bell was the manager of the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton in Melbourne Beach and he also held several positions at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach Shores. New General Manager HOLLYWOOD — Laurens Zie- ren has been appointed general manager of The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton. A vet- eran Hilton leader for almost 20 years, Zieren returns to Hilton after a regional vice pres- ident role for a hotel management company. In his new role, he will oversee operations of the oceanfront hotel with 1,000 guest rooms and suites, 10 culinary destinations, two pools, 26 poolside cabanas, a deluxe spa and fitness center, and 209,000 square feet of meetings and event space. New Sales Director LAKE BUENA VISTA — LeAnn Davis was recently named a new director of sales at The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. In conjunction with Complex Director of Sales Aaron Weegar, she will be responsible for over- seeing the day-to-day efforts of the resort's group sales team. Davis has 25 years of hospitality sales expe- rience, including extensive experi- ence within the Marriott corporation and the Orlando market. Executive Director of Resort Sales Selected MIRAMAR BEACH — Andrew Lott has been appointed executive director of resort sales at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. "Andrew is a tal- ented and experienced sales professional and we are delighted to welcome him to Sandestin," said Mark Hodgdon, general manager of the Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. "He is a welcome addition to our team." Previously, Lott served as director of resort sales for the Omni Amelia Island Plantation. Georgia Renovated Meeting Space ATLANTA — Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center recently com- pleted the meeting space phase of its nine-month, multimillion-dollar renovation. The completed interior phase includes 18,000 square feet of renovated meeting space and major improvements to the hotel's main lobby and The Greatroom. Renova- tion of the hotel's 344 guestrooms - vance of a grand reopening this fall. Other cosmetic improvements include fresh landscaping; a grand porte-cochère; an all-new lobby with custom millwork, flooring, indoor fireplace and check-in pods; a newly renovated outdoor terrace, featuring more than 1,500 square feet of al fresco dining with lounge chairs, an accent fireplace and Edison lighting for evening functions; and a completely reimagined Greatroom, serving up Southern favorites with a modern twist in a relaxed setting. Kentucky Convention Center Hire and Promotions OWENSBORO — Spectra, the providers of venue management, and food services and hospitality to the Owensboro Convention Center and the Owensboro Sportscenter, recently announced personnel changes. Executive Chef Matthew Dewalt joins the Owensboro team from another Spectra Venue, Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, Pa., bringing more than 18 years of experience. Natalie Russell has been promoted to sales manager. She has been with Spectra since 2015, most recently as the sales and marketing coordinator. Mallori Betz joined the Spectra team as an event manager in July of 2017 and has been promoted to wedding sales coordinator. North Carolina New Executive Director THE CRYSTAL COAST — Jim Browder was recently named exec- utive director of The Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority (TDA). He will be responsible for across the AVENTURA — The 207-room Aloft Hotel Miami Aventura opened in July, making it the fifth Aloft in South Florida. The hotel offers 293 square feet of meeting space, featuring state- of-the-art A/V equipment, oversized windows with natural lighting and free Wi-Fi. The second-floor lobby features urban décor along- side contemporary art, an inner saltwater aquarium, grab-and-go eatery, access to the pool deck, a pool table, board games, a bar and scattered seating with outlets to power up from any spot in the house. The W XYZ bar features signature cocktails and craft beers from local breweries. "We are delighted to be a part of Aventura's vibrant community," said Karen Dade, general manager for the Aloft Miami Aventura. "Our associates believe residents, local businesses and visitors to the area will enjoy the hotel's many offerings and we look forward to welcoming them to the property." Q Aloft Opens in Aventura Zieren Davis Lott

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