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Industry Personnel News: March 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) has hired Lisa Perez as convention sales manager. Perez will handle state associations, government markets and other groups. She previously worked at the Branson CVB.

SHREVEPORT, La. – Jennifer Taylor has joined the Remington Suites Hotel and Spa as corporate sales manager. Taylor has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Southern University A & M College in Baton Rouge, La., and is pursuing her MBA.

ST PETE BEACH, Fla. – The Island Grand Resort, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, has appointed Steve Seeram as national sales manager. Seeram will focus on the northeast market: New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. He has more than 20 years of hospitality experience, including his most recent post as senior sales manager of the Hilton Orlando Convention Center.

AUSTIN, Texas – The AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center has hired Amber Lamb as senior sales manager and Olivia Gardner as interactive promotions and marketing manager. In her 20 years in the hospitality industry, Gardner has worked with government agencies, private yacht charter companies and catering companies. She also was association sales manager at the Crown Plaza Austin.

LANCASTER, Penn. – Mara Sultan is the senior sales manager for the Pennsylvania Dutch CVB. Sultan will oversee the religious, association, corporate and special event markets.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Broadmoor has hired Connie Dorsey as general manager of The Ranch at Emerald Valley. Dorsey was previously general manager at the C Lazy U Ranch in Granby, Colo.

ASPEN, Colo. – Pete Hayda is the new director of sales and marketing for The Little Nell hotel. He recently served as regional director of sales and marketing for Vail Resorts.

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The Valley Forge CVB has named William Fitzgerald as its new president. He will replace Paul Decker, who is retiring at the end of March after 20 years. Fitzgerald was previously general manager of the Sheraton Downtown Philadelphia Hotel.

MADISON, Wis. – Cory Latourell is general manager for the former Clearwaters Hotel in Marshfield, Wis. Latourell will help renovate and rebrand the property, which is set to reopen this summer. Most recently, Latourell served as senior project manager for MphasiS, an HP company.

EUGENE, Ore. – Travel Lane County has hired Mike Gaffaney as convention and sports sales manager. Gaffaney brings more than 25 years of sports-related management experience, including his tenure as general manager of the Eugene Swim and Tennis Club.