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Industry Personnel News: June 2013

MIAMI – Leslie Pchola is area vice president of the Southeast for Hilton Worldwide’s hotel and resorts in Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, western Florida and South Carolina. Pchola has 19 years of experience with Hilton Worldwide, including general manager for the Hilton Austin.

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – Independence Tourism has hired Kyle Sadewhite as social media/group specialist. Sadewhite recently graduated with a major in hotel/restaurant management and a minor in business administration from Kansas State University.

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Shelby Taylor has joined Barnsley Resort as director of marketing and public relations. She previously served as director of public relations for the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua in Maui, Hawaii.

NAPA, Calif. – Silverado Resort and Spa has appointed Gary Collins as director of sales. Collins has 20 years of sales experience, most recently as director of sales and marketing for Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel and Spa in Santa Rosa, Calif.

OCEANSIDE, Calif. – Visit Oceanside Conference and Visitors Bureau has hired Caroline Haugen as group sales manager and Michelle Martini-Brown as group sales support. Haugen will be responsible for corporate, military and government markets. She previously worked for Hyatt Regency La Jolla in San Diego, Calif., as sales manager. Martini-Brown has held catering and event positions at Lomas Santa Fe Country Club and Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos, Calif.