SmarterTravel Adds Eric Bosco as General Manager of SmarterAds
SmarterTravel, a subsidiary of TripAdvisor and a portfolio of popular travel sites, including BookingBuddy, Airfarewatchdog, Jetsetter, Oyster, and Cruise Critic, announced this week the addition of Eric Bosco as general manager of SmarterAds, its industry-leading advertising network.
Bosco was previously CEO at ChoiceStream, an innovator in advertising technology, which powers ad campaigns through proprietary, first-party data. Prior to ChoiceStream, Bosco was chief product officer at ComScore. He previously worked as the SVP of Global Products and US Operations at AOL’s advertising division where he led the advertiser, publisher and campaign operations and was responsible for product management and integration. Prior to joining AOL Advertising, Bosco was VP of communications and community products at AOL and was one of the original creators of the AOL Instant Messaging (AIM) system. Bosco holds a BS in Computer Science Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Universal Parks & Resorts Names Mark Woodbury as Vice Chairman
Universal Parks & Resorts, a unit of Comcast NBCUniversal, offers guests around the globe today’s most relevant and popular entertainment experiences. Properties include Universal CityWalk Hollywood, Universal Orlando Resort—a destination resort with three theme parks, five resort hotels, and Universal CityWalk Orlando—as well as properties overseas.
The company has announced Mark Woodbury as Vice Chairman, a newly created position Woodbury will continue to serve as President of Universal Creative. He's been with the company for 28 years and has been led teams integral in the production of "The Wizarding World of Harry Potter" as well as many other popular and innovative attractions.
Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego Appoints Terra Williams as Associate Director of Sales
Kimpton Hotel Palomar San Diego announced today the appointment of Terra Williams as associate director of sales. In her new role, Williams will be responsible for planning and implementing sales, marketing and business development strategies for the 211-room downtown San Diego hotel.
A seasoned sales professional, with more than 10 years of hospitality experience, Williams is a results-oriented strategist, well-known for her bright and friendly personality. Prior to relocating back to San Diego in 2015, Williams spent two years as a sales manager at Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt and a year as sales manager at Omni Barton Creek in Austin, Texas. Williams is familiar with Kimpton’s Southern California hotels, as she previously spent five years at Kimpton Hotel Solamar as senior sales manager.
Spa Villagio In Yountville, California Welcomes Terry Prager As Director Of Spa And Wellness
Spa Villagio, in Yountville, California has announced the appointment of Terry Prager as director of spa and wellness. Spa Villagio is one of the Napa Valley’s premiere luxury day spas. Prager joins the management team with more than 25 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry, and is excited to bring her valuable insight into day-to-day operations and to further elevate the overall guest experience.
Prior to her move to the Bay Area, Prager held the positions of vice president of development and vice president of operations at ESPA International USA. Here, she secured many five-star accounts and was responsible for the overall management of operations and ultimately ensuring outstanding luxury guest experiences. From 2009-2012, she oversaw 16 of ESPA’s international facilities and management teams, and the opening of a number of world-class spas in Europe such as Bulgari Milan, Bulgari London, and Metropole Monte Carlo.
Dream Hollywood Appoints Director of Finance, Director of Revenue Management, Director of Human Resources
In anticipation of Dream Hollywood’s opening this spring, the property has announced executive appointments to the leadership of the hotel in the roles of directors of human resources, revenue management, and finance. These exceptionally talented female executives will be leading the charge on hiring the best hospitality staff for the hotel and managing the hotel’s financial success through this launch period.
As the director of finance, Mary Joy Ong-Newberry contributes her 19 years of hospitality experience to the Dream Hollywood team, having worked served most recently as the hotel controller for Hotel Bel Air for nearly twelve years. Her experience also includes her roles with Wyndham Bel Age in West Hollywood and Wyndham Myrtle Beach Resort. She is responsible for leading the finance team in management of financial and accounting policies, systems, and processes, and preparing the hotel’s opening operating budgets and pre-opening budgets. Ong-Newberry received her bachelor’s degree in hotel and restaurant management from the Conrad N. Hilton College at the University of Houston.
Director of revenue management Angie Law brings more than eleven years of hospitality experience to her role at Dream Hollywood. Most recently, Law was sales and marketing consultant with Kaptivating Hospitality where she managed and implemented creative marketing and sales campaigns on behalf of her hospitality clients. Her four years of experience with Viceroy Hotel Group included her roles as revenue analyst and area revenue manager and built her extensive knowledge of revenue management and achieving successful budget goals. She is responsible for developing the hotel’s revenue management strategies including wholesale, OTA, and promotional strategies. She also oversees training and managing the new Reservations team with an emphasis on sales and operational achievement. Law earned her bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business.
Appointed as director of human resources, Kari Schlagheck brings with her 20 years of human resource management experience in all areas of the field. Her background includes five years at RIM Hospitality as director of human resources and senior manager of associate relations where she collaborated with hotel general managers from over 50 hotels in the group to implement training programs, recruitment, and performance appraisal. She also previously served as human resources generalist at Maximum Petroleum DBA General Petroleum and in human resources manager positions with Levy Restaurants, Hilton Hotels Corporation’s Hilton Suites—Orange/Anaheim and Embassy Suites—Anaheim South, and the Queen Mary Hotel and Attraction. Schlagheck is responsible for leading the human resources function for the pre-opening phase of the hotel and the ongoing HR functions through operations including recruitment of the opening team of 90 employees, and leading the on-boarding program for the team including a partnership with a trainer for a two-week in-depth guest services program based on emotional intelligence and focused to create the hotels culture.