Pegasus Names Scott Gibson Chief Executive Officer
Pegasus Solutions has named Scott Gibson chief executive officer. An industry veteran and experienced technology executive, Scott assumes the role following the recent purchase of Pegasus by Regent Equity Partners.
Most recently, Gibson served as chief information officer and senior vice president, distribution and strategic planning for Best Western International. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president and chief information officer for both Kerzner International Resorts, Inc. and Cendant Corporation. He began his technology career with Ramada, followed by six years at Anasazi developing custom hotel central reservation systems. While at Anasazi, he was a member of the development team that created the widely adopted RezView CRS, which was ultimately purchased by Pegasus in 1999. Mr. Gibson will be based in Pegasus’ Scottsdale corporate office.
Hyatt South Beach Selects Ricardo Mendes as General Manager
Ricardo Villas Boas Mendes has been selected as the general manager of Hyatt South Beach in Miami, Florida set to open in Q2 2015. An accomplished hospitality leader, Mendes has enjoyed an extremely successful career growing a number of Miami hotels to prominence. Under Mendes’s leadership, Mondrian South Beach increased financial guest and employee-related results significantly each year and ranked in the Top 19 on Trip Advisor for the Miami Beach Area Market. Prior to Mondrian, Mendes had established himself in the Miami area for his proven ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and project teams.
Keith Sproule Named Executive Director of Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy
Keith Sproule has joined Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy (AKP) as executive director. As the philanthropic arm of luxury adventure travel company Abercrombie & Kent, AKP is committed to working with local peoples and regional non-governmental organizations to alleviate the effects of poverty, develop sound community health and conservation practices, and assist in mitigating global climate change. Sproule served two terms as chairman of The International Ecotourism Society. He is on the board of Sustainable Travel International and a current board member of “1% For The Tetons,” based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Over the past decade, he has also served as a judge for the World Travel and Tourism Council “Tourism For Tomorrow” Awards.
Parrot Cay By Como Appoints Pascal Mongeau As General Manager
COMO Hotels and Resorts is proud to welcome Pascal Mongeau as general manager of Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos. Bringing with him over 20 years of hospitality experience, Mongeau will oversee all day-to-day operations for the 74-room private island resort, including its Lotus and Terrace restaurants and the acclaimed COMO Shambhala Retreat. Prior to joining the COMO Hotels and Resorts team, Mongeau honed his hotel management skills in South America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, with brands such as Fairmont, Club Med, Starwood, and Movenpick. Most recently, Mongeau, a Lavel University alumnus, served as Group Manager for Canadian-based Brewster Travel, where he managed three of the brand’s hotel properties.
Lake Tahoe Hires New CVB Manager
Bill Hoffman, the executive director/CEO of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors and Convention Bureau for the last 16 years, is retiring. Hoffman will be replaced by Andy Chapman, who currently serves as the chief marketing officer of the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association.
Hoffman’s retirement ends a 35-year career in the hospitality industry. Hoffman started his career in Hawaii after he retired from military service as an officer in the U.S. Navy. Hoffman then served as the director of convention center sales for the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau, as the national sales manager for the Reno Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority and as the executive director of the National Association of Golf Tournament Directors, before taking the job in Incline Village in 1999. Hoffman led the effort to form the North Tahoe Marketing Cooperative, which unified marketing efforts for North Tahoe that had previously been divided between two states and multiple counties.
New Sales Manager for National Accounts appointed for Travel Bound Groups
Travel Bound Groups has put Debbie Donovan in charge of building and maintaining relationships with national accounts and consortia throughout Canada and the USA that book group travel. As national account sales manager for North America, Debbie will help ensure Travel Bound’s reputation as a preferred supplier of group tours and the continued growth of its preferred partners.
An accomplished sales professional, Debbie has gained a wealth of travel and destination experience after seven years with Travel Bound, as well as sales and customer service roles for Joystar Cruises and icruise.com.
Johan Marjanek Joins Travelsavers As Director Of New Business Development For Western Canada And Quebec
TRAVELSAVERS announces the appointment of Johan Marjanek as director, new business development for the brand on the West Coast and Quebec. Effective immediately, Marjanek will be responsible for increasing TRAVELSAVERS’ membership base of independent travel agencies.
Marjanek joins TRAVELSAVERS with over 15 years of experience in the tourism and hospitality industry. Prior to TRAVELSAVERS, Marjanek served as Development Manager for Carlson Wagonlit’s associates program, where he was responsible for the training, support and bottom line growth of travel agencies across Canada. Previous positons include managerial roles with Homewood Suites by Hilton, Deer Lodge and Le Nouvel Hotel.
Chris Walker Appointed SVP, Sales, Americas for The Leading Hotels of The World, Ltd.
The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. (LHW) named Chris Walker to the position of SVP, Sales, Americas, based in New York, NY. In this role, Mr. Walker will be responsible for transforming the business development and sales strategies for seven offices in the Americas region.
An accomplished hospitality professional, Mr. Walker joins LHW most recently from Hyatt Hotels where he served as vice president, brand spearheading the strategic positioning for Hyatt’s four fastest-growing brands. Directly responsible for business and product development, revenue generation, and customer growth, he successfully positioned the brands in Asia, South America, Europe, and the Middle East.
He also launched Hyatt’s first co-branded credit card with Chase. Prior to his time at Hyatt, Mr. Walker worked for American Express Travel managing the Fine Hotels & Resorts luxury hotel program for Platinum Card members.
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive Welcomes Art Fasano as Director of Sales and Marketing
Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive, a newly renovated, sophisticated hotel situated in the heart of Orlando’s revitalized International Drive, welcomes industry veteran Art Fasano as its director of sales and marketing, responsible for all on-property sales and marketing initiatives.
A seasoned professional with more than 20 years in the hospitality industry, Fasano’s vast sales and marketing experience will play a key role at the revitalized 613-room resort, which is focused on showcasing its recent renovation, a two-year undertaking that aimed at balancing the needs of leisure and business guests in one cohesive environment.
Fasano joins the award-winning Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive team from the Doubletree by Hilton at the Entrance to Universal Orlando, where he served as director of sales and marketing and director of group sales. While there, he oversaw the promotion of the hotel and its 62,800 square feet of meeting and catering space and directed the hotel’s e-commerce initiatives, implementing a new website and managing social media.
The New Gates Hotel Key West Announces Two Executive Appointments
The Gates Hotel Key West, a new independent hotel set to open on the island of Key West, Florida, in early 2015, is pleased to announce two executive appointments to the hotel's staff.
Eugenia Simons has been named complex general manager. Arriving in the Florida Keys after years of management experience earned with major hotel and leisure groups, Simons oversees all hotel operations as complex general manager of The Gates Hotel Key West and sister properties Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn & Suites.
Simons arrived in the Keys from New York, where she led the successful rebranding of On The Avenue, a Highgate Hotel property, into NYLO NYC. She also led a renovation of NYLO NYC, including the opening of LOCL Bar.
Stephanie Happ has been named complex director of sales & marketing. With a decade of hospitality experience and keen focus on revenues, Happ devises innovative and effective strategies to draw leisure, group and events clientele to The Gates and its sister properties as complex director of sales & marketing.
Happ joined Highgate Hotels' new Key West property from River Terrace Inn, a Noble House Hotels & Resorts property in Napa, California, where as Director of Sales & Marketing she twice reached the Presidents Circle for impressive sales productivity.
Alena Maloney Joins SITA World Tours as Northeast Business Development Manager
Alena Maloney has joined SITA World Tours in the position of business development manager overseeing the Northeastern United States. She will focus on educating agents on the benefits and advantages of working with SITA World Tours, and will be available for product training presentations as well as participating in consumer travel shows.
Alena Maloney has been in the Travel Industry over 25 years. She commenced her professional career as a travel agent at Preferred Travel Agency in CT, and went on to work as a regional sales manager for Contiki Holidays and Swain Destinations.
The HTA Appoints Ronald Williams as Interim President and CEO
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state's tourism agency, announced today that Ronald Williams has been appointed by the HTA board of directors as the interim president and CEO.
Williams will take over responsibilities effective Nov. 21, 2014, following the departure of current HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney. Williams was appointed to the HTA board of directors in 2009, and served as board chair from 2010 through 2014. He is currently the president and CEO of Atlantis Adventures.