NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V 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 Sales Team Expanded JACKSONVILLE — Hyatt Re- gency Jacksonville Riverfront hotel recently welcomed Josh Hoce as the associate director of sales and Laura Gonzalez Pena as meeting connec- tions/business travel sales manager. "We're proud to have Josh and Laura join our Hyatt family and look forward to incorporating their insights as we continue offering the highest caliber of service," said Luis Aloma, general manager of Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront. "For years, our hotel has been at the heart of the downtown Jacksonville community and we are dedicated to building its success. It is exciting to welcome two experienced sales professionals to the team, with strong backgrounds in this market, who can help us continue toward that goal." Hoce has more than 10 years of industry experience in the Jackson- ville market. In addition to being a leader on the sales team, he will also manage large groups in specialty markets, such as religious, fraternal and professional sports. Gonzalez Pena transferred to Jacksonville from Hyatt Regency Orlando, where she previously served as the business and leisure travel coordinator. Prior to that role, she worked in the Jacksonville hotel industry in 2016. Redesigned Meeting and Event Space MIAMI — Four Seasons Hotel Mi- ami recently unveiled a completed redesign of its sixth-floor function spaces and seventh-floor lobby. "Four Seasons Hotel Miami executes unforgettable meetings and events throughout the year, offering modern venues with views of Bis- cayne Bay and Brickell Avenue, and these enhancements harmoniously reflect our destination of modern Miami and our vibrant surround- ings," said Dan Normandin, general manager of the property. The Mid-century modern look, influenced by the ocean that surrounds the resort, features sea botanicals, fans and coral designs on carpets, complemented with muted neutral tones and strong blue hues. The hotel's Grand Ballroom dis- plays hand-painted wall treatments by Maya Romanoff. Custom-made furniture includes ceruse pieces with ash and white quartz tops, and large sofa furniture in dark, deep tones. The prominent Sky Bridge displays impeccable views from all angles and was transformed into an addi- tional function space, rather than a simple corridor. Four Seasons Hotel Miami has 221 recently redesigned guest rooms and suites, a two-acre rooftop terrace, two swimming pools, an Equinox fitness center and a spa. A multimillion-dollar art collection is exhibited throughout the hotel and features works by Latin American artists. New Group Sales Director MIAMI BEACH — Fontainebleau Miami Beach recently promoted Louis Gonzalez to director of group sales for the iconic Miami Beach property. He will expand his leadership role within the group sales team, formulating the overall strategy within the hotel's meeting and convention business. Gonzalez brings nearly 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry to the resort. He began working at Fontainebleau Miami Beach in 2009 as director of national accounts and was later promoted to assistant director of group sales in 2013. "We are thrilled to have Louis take on the role of director of group sales," said Phil Goldfarb, president and chief operating officer of Fon- tainebleau Miami Beach. "Louis has been an incredible asset to our sales team since 2009 and I look forward to his continued success in this new leadership position." New Senior Group Sales Director WEST PALM BEACH — Discover The Palm Beaches (DTPB), the tourism marketing organization for Palm Beach County, has appointed Mike ("MJ") Jackson as senior director, group sales. He will work to increase hotel room night production and take a leadership role in collaboration with the Palm Beach County Convention Center, "Bocawide" events and hotel community partners to achieve more destinationwide bookings. Jackson joins DTPB with more than 20 years of experience in hospitality and sales management, with a concentration on corporate, association, religious and multicul- tural organizations. In 2016, he was recognized by the National Coali- tion of Black Meeting Planners as its Sales Manager of the Year. Kelly Cavers, senior vice presi- dent of group sales and destination services at DTPB, said, "MJ brings across the FORT LAUDERDALE—DiamondRock Hospitality Company has com- pleted the first phase of the multimillion-dollar project at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort, which included transforming the prop- erty's 432 guest rooms and suites, updating common areas and add- ing an award-winning restaurant: Lona Cocina & Tequileria. "Fort Lauderdale has long been one of the East Coast's most be- loved destinations for sand and surf, and that appeal is growing both domestically and abroad," said Marcos Borras, vice president of asset management for DiamondRock Hospitality Company. "With the ad- dition of all-new guest rooms and suites, and one of the city's most buzzed-about restaurants, the Westin is positioned to grow its leisure and business clientele while also winning the loyalty of locals." The transformation includes the addition of modern and crisp decor that reflects the blue waters of Fort Lauderdale Beach, upgraded light- ing and furniture, new bedding and updated flooring. Soon to begin is the revamp of the property's 40,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. n Guest Rooms Renovated

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